• CARRIE UNDERWOOD DEFINES OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS AS ROLE MODELS.

    Carrie Underwood is cheering on all of the Olympic Champions and feels each one of the athletes is a good role model for children watching at home.

    “I think it’s absolutely impossible to pick one Olympic champion that’s a great role model, because I think in so many ways they all are,” says Carrie. “They work so hard for so long and they’re representing us. I think that is the definition of a role model is the determination and the drive and laying it all on the line and giving it everything they got. I couldn’t imagine the pressure that they’re under, and there are so many incredible athletes that just handle everything with grace and humility. I think no matter where you’re from or what you’re into, you can watch the Olympics and just find someone to cheer for and be proud that they are the ones out there that are representing us.”

    Some of the most notable Olympic athlete role models include boxer and champion Muhammad Ali, gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci, swimmers Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz, diver Greg Louganis, skaters Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi, track stars Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis and Wilma Rudolph and some of this year’s Winter Olympians — gold medal snow boarders Shaun White, Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim and slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

    “The Champion” is being used for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competition runs through Sunday, February 25th, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

    Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood gives her definition of a champion and role model.

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    Carrie Underwood (Olympics) 3 OC: …representing us. :51
    “I think it’s absolutely impossible to pick one Olympic champion that’s a great role model, because I think in so many ways they all are. I mean, they’re representing our country. They work so hard for so long and they’re representing us. I think that is the definition of a role model is the determination and the drive and laying it all on the line and giving it everything they got. I couldn’t imagine the pressure that they’re under, and there are so many incredible athletes that just handle everything with grace and humility. I think no matter where you’re from or what you’re into, you can watch the Olympics and just find someone to cheer for and be proud that they are the ones out there that are representing us.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL WATCH ‘THE CHAMPIONS’ EMERGE DURING THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS.

    Carrie Underwood will not only be heard during the 2018 Winter Olympics with her inspiring song, “The Champion,” but she will also be tuning in to several of the competitions rooting on the US.

    Growing up, she was fascinated by the figure skaters and would often pretend she was one of them. “I always loved figure skating. I always thought the girls were so beautiful and graceful and strong and athletic,” says Carrie. “I mean, I remember dancing around our living room pretending I was an ice skater, even though I’d never been on the ice before. That’s always one that’s fun to watch, and I am always in awe just how high everyone jumps and twists and spins. It’s incredible.”

    One sport that now has Carrie captivated is hockey, for obvious reasons (she’s married to NHL superstar Mike Fisher). “I think an Olympic sport I found myself watching, one I never really watched growing up is hockey,” she reveals. “I didn’t know that much about hockey growing up in Oklahoma and now, obviously, that I’m married to a hockey player, he’s tuning in. He’s checking things out and obviously I’m into hockey these days. So, it’s something that is fun to watch and I’m glad it’s something I’ve gotten into and I’m glad that I get to watch even more hockey during the Olympics.”

    “The Champion,” which was used for this year’s Super Bowl, will also be used for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competition will kick off on Thursday, February 8th, a day before the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 9th, and runs through Sunday, February 25th, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

    Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about watching the Olympic sport of figure skating when she was growing up.

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    Carrie Underwood (Olympics) 1 OC: …incredible. :44
    “It is really hard to pick one Olympic sport that I love to watch and is my favorite because there’s always something going on, and it’s always just kind of nice to tune in and see how we’re doing as a country. Growing up, I always loved figure skating. I always thought the girls were so beautiful and graceful and strong and athletic. I mean, I remember dancing around our living room pretending I was an ice skater, even though I’d never been on the ice before. That’s always one that’s fun to watch, and I am always in awe just how high everyone jumps and twists and spins. It’s incredible.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says she has become a fan of watching hockey at the Olympics, for obvious reasons.

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    Carrie Underwood (Olympics) 2 OC: …the Olympics. :33
    “I think an Olympic sport I found myself watching, one I never really watched growing up is hockey. I didn’t know that much about hockey growing up in Oklahoma and now, obviously, that I’m married to a hockey player, he’s tuning in. He’s checking things out and obviously I’m into hockey these days. So, it’s something that is fun to watch and I’m glad it’s something I’ve gotten into and I’m glad that I get to watch even more hockey during the Olympics.”

  • NBC AND THE NFL UNVEIL ‘THE CHAMPION’ OPENING STARRING CARRIE UNDERWOOD FOR THIS YEAR’S SUPER BOWL.

    This year’s Super Bowl kicked off Sunday on NBC with a video of Carrie Underwood‘s “The Champion.” The video for the anthemic song, which was filmed last year, honors the rich legacy of the event featuring Super Bowl moments on a grand scale with cameos from NFL greats, such as Joe Namath, Hines Ward, Roger Staubach, as well as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Carrie, who has opened Sunday Night Football for the past five years, wrote “The Champion” with Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris.

     

    “The Champion” will also be used for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competition will kick off on Thursday, February 8th, a day before the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 9th, and runs through Sunday, February 25th, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

    Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD DOES HER PART TO STAY FIT AND HEALTHY.

    We are just a few days away from Sunday’s Big Game, and you want to make sure to watch NBC before the kickoff as you’ll be able to see the premiere of the opening video for Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion.” The video for the anthemic song, which was filmed last year, honors the rich legacy of the event featuring Super Bowl moments on a grand scale with cameos from NFL greats.

    There are lots of champions on the field, and they make sure they keep in shape to be able to do their job. Carrie also works hard to stay fit for her job as a performer. It takes a lot of stamina and strength to get on stage night after night.

    “I definitely do my part when it comes to my personal fitness. I want to be strong. It does take a lot to be on stage,” says Carrie. “I’m running around and singing, like those are, being active and singing at the same time is pretty difficult to do and it helps me in every aspect of my life. When I work out, I feel like I have a clearer head. I feel like I’m just ready for anything, and it feels good to make my body move like it was designed to do. So, I try my best to always stay healthy and fit, and then if there are any special things coming up, I do my best to get ready for them.”

    Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin.

    Carrie has been the face and voice of the show open for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football, for the past five seasons and is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

    Super Bowl LII will kick-off Sunday (February 4th) beginning at 6:30p ET on NBC.

    Audio / As an entertainer, performer, mother and athlete, Carrie Underwood works hard to stay fit.

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    Carrie Underwood (does her part to stay fit) OC: …keep it good. [laughs] :57
    “I definitely do my part when it comes to my personal fitness. I want to be strong. It does take a lot to be on stage. I’m running around and singing, like those are, being active and singing at the same time is pretty difficult to do and it helps me in every aspect of my life. When I work out, I feel like I have a clearer head. I feel like I’m just ready for anything, and it feels good to make my body move like it was designed to do. So, I try my best to always stay healthy and fit, and then if there are any special things coming up, I do my best to get ready for them. I like to work out and I eat healthy. I think that’s just something that’s part of what I do. My body is my tool, I’ve got to keep it good.”[laughs]

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD FEELS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE MANY CHAMPIONS IN HER LIFE.

    Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion” will open NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl LII on Sunday (February 4th). The song, featuring Ludacris, was released earlier this month. (http://strm.to/TheChampionPR).

    The opening video for the anthemic song, which was filmed last year, honors the rich legacy of the event featuring Super Bowl moments on a grand scale with cameos from NFL greats.

    “The Champion reached No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart (all genres) in nine countries shortly after its release. The song also debuted on multiple global Spotify charts.

    Carrie feels we can all be champions, and her own champions include her parents and husband, former NHL star Mike Fisher. “I think it started with my parents, they just worked really hard and did everything they could to provide for us and make our lives better and give us every opportunity that they could,” she says. “In a different sense, you know my husband, on and off the ice, he’s definitely a champion of mine. I see the dedication that he put into his work playing hockey. I admire him so much for that. To see how much he put into, and the love, that he put into his God-given ability was just very inspiring.”

    Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin.

    Carrie has been the face and voice of the show open for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football, for the past five seasons and is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

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    Also, if you need more audio and liners on “The Champion,” click here for “The Champion” Audio Toolkit.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood reveals her own Champions.

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    Carrie Underwood (her own Champions) OC: …very inspiring. :42
    “I think I have many champions in my life. I’m lucky that way. I think it started with my parents, they just worked really hard and did everything they could to provide for us and make our lives better and give us every opportunity that they could. In a different sense, you know my husband, on and off the ice, he’s definitely a champion of mine. I see the dedication that he put into his work playing hockey. I admire him so much for that. To see how much he put into, and the love, that he put into his God-given ability was just very inspiring.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood explains what qualities she feels makes up a Champion.

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    Carrie Underwood (what makes a Champion) OC: …you a champion. :42
    “I think a champion is just somebody who just works hard. I think it starts there. You have to have that work ethic. You have to know what you’re capable of and then try to push those limits in every way possible. You have to spend the time, you have to have the dedication, you have to take every opportunity that you possibly can. You have to be smart about it. Just having that drive is what really makes a champion, and I think that’s somewhere in every single one of us. No matter what we’re trying to accomplish or overcome, we’ve all got that somewhere in us, and it’s tapping into that that will make you a champion.”

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  • VALENTINE’S DAY LINERS 2018

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Billy Currington. Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is T.J., and I’m John, and we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. Send me some chocolate.”

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Valentines Day)

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    “Hey! This is Clare Dunn, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Valentine’s Day)

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    “What’s up y’all? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Eric Paslay, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is Gary Allan, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Valentine’s Day)

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    “This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner, and I want to wish you and your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This is Keith Urban. Make the day special for your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ love.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s happening, everybody? This is Kip Moore. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, you love birds.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Shania Twain. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD RESEARCHES SPORTS SPEECHES FOR INSPIRATION FOR ‘THE CHAMPION.’

    Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion” has been featured during the recent NFL playoff games and will kick-off this year’s Super Bowl. She says she and the song’s co-writers Brett James and Chris DeStefano, researched great sports speeches for inspiration before writing “The Champion.”

    “We started looking up great speeches, great sports speeches, great movies about sports. Those things that when you’re in the theater, you’re getting chill bumps when some coach is giving his team this amazing speech, and that’s what we wanted to put into a song,” says Carrie.

    “We wanted it to be something that people could listen to when they’re in the gym, or before they watch the Super Bowl, or something that would work for this but also work for people in their everyday lives and just inspire and make them feel like they were ready for anything.”

    “The Champion” will also be used to promote this year’s Winter Olympics.

    The Super Bowl, pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots, will air live from the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis beginning at 6:30pm ET on NBC.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says she and “The Champion” co-writers, Brett James and Chris DeStefano, researched great sports speeches to inspire them to write the song.

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    Carrie Underwood (The Champion based on great sports speeches) OC: …anything. :33
    “We started looking up great speeches, great sports speeches, great movies about sports. Those things that when you’re in the theater, you’re getting chill bumps when some coach is giving his team this amazing speech, and that’s what we wanted to put into a song. We wanted it to be something that people could listen to when they’re in the gym, or before they watch the Super Bowl, or something that would work for this but also work for people in their everyday lives and just inspire and make them feel like they were ready for anything.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS A BIG FAN OF LIVE SPORTING EVENTS.

    As a former softball player, the wife (and cheerleader) of a former NHL star player (the Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher), the voice of Sunday Night Football for five years, Carrie Underwood is truly a fan of sporting events.

    “I love sporting events. I mean I think it’s just the excitement, the drama. You’ve got all these people on the ice or on the field or on the court, and they’re just giving it their all, and big sporting events are just amazing,” says Carrie. “There’s just something really special about live sporting events, and football, I’ve been watching it my entire life, so it’s fun to be a part of it in some way and to be a part of the biggest game of the year is really special.”

    Carrie is set to open NBC’s Super Bowl LII (the Big Game) on February 4th with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,” which was just released globally. Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who she asked to collaborate on the event song. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is a huge fan of live sporting events and is so excited to be a part of this year’s Super Bowl (or Big Game) with her song, “The Champion.”

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    Carrie Underwood (loves sporting events) OC: …really special. :55
    “I love sporting events. I mean I think it’s just the excitement, the drama. You’ve got all these people on the ice or on the field or on the court, and they’re just giving it their all, and big sporting events are just amazing. The fans are excited. There’s rivalries, and it’s competition and you can just feel it in the air when you go see, I mean, really any sporting event live is just absolutely amazing. We have our heroes. It’s in us. There are heroes and villains for all of us, and it’s just sitting down and getting to watch that and root for your favorite team. I don’t know. There’s just something really special about live sporting events, and football, I’ve been watching it my entire life, so it’s fun to be a part of it in some way and to be a part of the biggest game of the year is really special.”

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD LOOKS FORWARD TO SUNDAY NIGHTS AND FOOTBALL.

    It was announced on Friday (January 12th) Carrie Underwood will be a part of this year’s Super Bowl (Big Game). She’s set to open NBC’s Super Bowl LII (the Big Game) on February 4th with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,” which was released globally on Friday.

    A huge football fan, Carrie has been the face and voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football show open for the last five seasons and loves being a part of it.

    “I love being the voice of Sunday Night Football because I grew up watching football…from birth. I’m from Oklahoma – we’re a football state. It’s just a part of the country that everybody has their teams and there’s such an energy about it,” says Carrie. “We would drive down to Dallas and watch the Cowboys play whenever we could. There’s just something about being at a live sporting event or watching it on TV. You have your favorites. They have their rivals. There’s an excitement to it that really, it’s unlike anything else, so being a small part of that is absolutely amazing. Being a part of the Super Bowl is especially amazing because that’s just the biggest of the big. It’s been so wonderful working with everybody at SNF, and I count myself very lucky and very blessed that I get to be a small part of something that I’ve loved my whole life.”

    Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who she asked to collaborate on the event song. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood is such a big fan of football, and she is thrilled to be a part of Sunday Night Football and this year’s Super Bowl (Big Game).

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    Carrie Underwood (loves being a part of SNF) OC: …my whole life. 1:01
    “I love being the voice of Sunday Night Football because I grew up watching football…from birth. I’m from Oklahoma – we’re a football state. It’s just a part of the country that everybody has their teams and there’s such an energy about it. We would drive down to Dallas and watch the Cowboys play whenever we could. There’s just something about being at a live sporting event or watching it on TV. You have your favorites. They have their rivals. There’s an excitement to it that really, it’s unlike anything else, so being a small part of that is absolutely amazing. Being a part of the Super Bowl is especially amazing because that’s just the biggest of the big. It’s been so wonderful working with everybody at SNF, and I count myself very lucky and very blessed that I get to be a small part of something that I’ve loved my whole life.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PENS AND RECORDS ANTHEMIC “THE CHAMPION” FOR NBC’S SUPER BOWL LII SHOW OPEN.

    SUPER BOWL LII — “2017 Promo Shoot” — Pictured: Carrie Underwood — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC Sports)

    Carrie Underwood will open NBC’s Super Bowl LII on February 4th with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,” released globally today. Underwood, who has been the face and voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football show open for the last five seasons, co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

    “When we met with Carrie last year to discuss the Super Bowl open, we each brought ideas. Carrie presented first. After she spoke, we looked at each other and said ‘That’s the one,’” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC Sunday Night Football and the network’s Super Bowl LII presentation. “Later on, our Olympics producers listened to ‘The Champion’ and decided that it would be a perfect complement for our Winter Games coverage. We are excited to highlight ‘The Champion’ in two events on the global stage in February.”

    “When we were writing ‘The Champion,’ our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” explains Carrie Underwood.  “We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome. There’s a champion in every single one of us!”

    Ludacris says, “It was a pleasure to collaborate with Carrie for this inspirational song.”

    The lyric video is available now (and below), as well as the playlist for “The Champion.”

    Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

    About Carrie Underwood:
    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” The Grand Ole Opry member demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. Her latest chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, produced four #1 hits.  Last November Underwood co-hosted the CMA Awards for the tenth consecutive year, and she’s currently in her fifth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football.

    About Ludacris:
    Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has sold more than 25 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”

    With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Bridges has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. Although he’s best known for his infectious tunes, Bridges has shown that he’s equally adept at writing powerful songs with serious subject matter, including runaways, with the song “Runaway Love.” Bridges’ versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting.

    Most recently, Bridges starred in the highly anticipated The Fate of the Furious, which broke records at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film opening worldwide.  His other feature film credits include Universal Pictures’ Fast 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve; and Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. His acclaimed performances in film, (Crash, Hustle & Flow), and television, (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), have Hollywood and critics alike buzzing about his increasingly impressive screen resume.

    A consummate businessman, Bridges is enjoying success outside of entertainment. His latest venture includes opening his long anticipated new restaurant “Chicken-n-Beer” at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. In addition, he is dipping his hands in tech space by partnering up with apps such as “Roadie” an on-the-way delivery service.

    Currently, Bridges is both the host and executive producer of MTV’s revived Fear Factor, and is currently working on an album for release at the end of the year.  Bridge’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments; he started The Ludacris Foundation in 2001 which focuses on helping youth help themselves.  TLF has devoted more than 15,000 hours of service to youth across the nation.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about writing "The Champion" for the Super Bowl.

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    Carrie Underwood (The Champion) OC: …for as well. :40
    “We were asked to come up with something special for the Super Bowl. We knew we wanted the open to be as grand as the Super Bowl is, so I was really excited that NBC and Sunday Night Football kind of gave us control to be creative and go in and see what we could do. We spent a couple of days – we being me, Brett James and Chris DeStefano who I’ve written with both of those guys quite a bit – we went in and just gave it our all trying to figure out what would best set up something as amazing as the Super Bowl. After we turned it in, they loved it so much [that] we were told, ‘The Olympics are gonna want this!’ So, that was just more incredible news because it certainly fits everything that the Super Bowl stands for as well.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood explains the role Ludacris plays on her song, “The Champion.”

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    Carrie Underwood (Ludacris) OC: …a whole new level. 1:10
    “Ludacris came into the picture when we were writing this song ‘The Champion,’ we left a space in it for a potential guest appearance, a potential feature. And we went ‘round and ‘round about who do we approach, who do we ask, and in my mind, the style of the song with somebody that had his own thing, had a kind of legend status. I wanted something big. I wanted an artist that matched the song, and Ludacris, everything about him just seemed to scream ‘Champion’ to me, and he was just so great. And so we sent him everything and he put his part on it, and when we got it back, I thought, ‘Holy Cow! This took it to a whole new level.’ So, I think he was just that piece of the puzzle that was missing, and from the second that I heard it, I was like that was exactly the perfect person to be a part of this. Like I could never imagine anybody else being a part of this, and he just, again, took it to another level.”

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (The Champion) 1

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    Video / The Champion lyric video

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