• CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND JOAN JETT DEBUTED THE NEW THROWBACK OPENING FOR NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.

    Last night, Carrie Underwood unveiled the new opening for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, along with Joan Jett, as last year’s Super Bowl champions,the New England Patriots, played host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Carrie, who stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year, welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during the performance.

     

    “We always look for ways to keep the Sunday Night Football open fresh and exciting. This year, we thought the best way would be to kinda kick it back OG and go back to ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’ which was the first theme song of this SNF era,” said Carrie. “So, I thought, ‘Well, how do we make that new and exciting, and for me, I was like, ‘What if we got Joan Jett in the mix?’ ‘Would she ever do anything like that?’ We got super lucky that she was excited to be on board. The song is one of hers – ‘Hate Myself for Loving You’ – that they rearranged to fit Sunday Night Football, so I just feel like having her involved just felt really right.” Download the audio from Carrie here.

     

    Carrie, who is making her way to the top of the country charts with “Southbound,” resumes The Cry Pretty Tour 360 Tuesday (September 10th) in San Diego.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND JOAN JETT ARE READY SET THE STAGE FOR NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL OPENING.

    The opening of NBC’s Sunday Night Football debuts Sunday (September 8th) as last year’s Super Bowl champions,the New England Patriots, play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it will feature Carrie Underwood once again, as well as 13 NFL players.  Carrie, who stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year, welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.

    “We always look for ways to keep the Sunday Night Football open fresh and exciting. This year, we thought the best way would be to kinda kick it back OG and go back to ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’ which was the first theme song of this SNF era,” says Carrie. “So, I thought, ‘Well, how do we make that new and exciting, and for me, I was like, ‘What if we got Joan Jett in the mix?’ ‘Would she ever do anything like that?’ We got super lucky that she was excited to be on board. The song is one of hers – ‘Hate Myself for Loving You’ – that they rearranged to fit Sunday Night Football, so I just feel like having her involved just felt really right. It was so exciting just to be able to stand up next to her and film the open and get to know her a little bit ‘cause I feel like she’s a person I could learn a lot from. She’s so stinkin’ cool!

    Thirteen NFL players, who have accounted for 31 Pro Bowl selections (including 10 2018 Pro Bowlers), four Super Bowl rings, and nine first-round draft picks, are in the show open. Following is the complete list:

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones

    Chicago Bears DB Kyle Fuller

    Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack

    Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky

    Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield

    Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

    Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

    Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff

    Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

    Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz

    Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz

    Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox

    Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

    Tripp Dixon is creative director of the SNF show open.

    For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”

    Carrie, who is currently making her way to the top of the country charts with “Southbound,” resumes the new leg of The Cry Pretty Tour 360 – featuring Maddie & Tae and Runaway June – on Tuesday (September 10th).

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about having Joan Jett as part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football opening.

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    Carrie Underwood (Sunday Night Football) OC: …to see that. 1:00
    “We always look for ways to keep the Sunday Night Football open fresh and exciting. This year, we thought the best way would be to kinda kick it back OG and go back to ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’ which was the first theme song of this SNF era. So, I thought, ‘Well, how do we make that new and exciting, and for me, I was like, ‘What if we got Joan Jett in the mix?’ ‘Would she ever do anything like that?’ We got super lucky that she was excited to be on board. The song is one of hers – ‘Hate Myself for Loving You’ – that they rearranged to fit Sunday Night Football, so I just feel like having her involved just felt really right. It was so exciting just to be able to stand up next to her and film the open and get to know her a little bit ‘cause I feel like she’s a person I could learn a lot from. She’s so stinkin’ cool! And like I said took it to a whole new level, so we’re excited for people to see that.”

  • THIRTEEN NFL PLAYERS JOIN CARRIE UNDERWOOD IN NEW NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOW OPEN – SNEAK PREVIEW AVAILABLE NOW.

    In less than two weeks on Sunday, Sept. 8th, seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood and NFL players star in the debut of the 2019 show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years

    Underwood, who stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year, welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.

    A sneak preview of the SNF show open is now available here on NBCSports.com.

    Thirteen NFL players, who have accounted for 31 Pro Bowl selections (including 10 2018 Pro Bowlers), four Super Bowl rings, and nine first-round draft picks, are in the show open.  Following is the complete list:

      • Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
      • Chicago Bears DB Kyle Fuller
      • Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack
      • Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky
      • Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield
      • Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
      • Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
      • Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
      • Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins
      • Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz
      • Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz
      • Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox
      • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

     

    Tripp Dixon is creative director of the SNF show open.

    For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”

     

    Carrie, who is climbing the country charts with her smash hit “Southbound,” takes fans behind-the-scenes of the Sunday Night Football theme. See below.

     

  • LABOR DAY 2019 AUDIO

    For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 2nd, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.

     

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about one of his summer jobs when he was growing up in Arkansas.

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    Adam Hambrick (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …that summer. :41
    “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad job. I don’t think I had a bad job, ‘cause I actually enjoyed this job ‘cause I was actually sitting in the air conditioning all day over the summer in Arkansas. It was very monotonous, because I was spending every summer day repairing old fallen-apart medical charts in a heart clinic in Little Rock. I would take all these photos of all these records and re-sort them page-by-page and put ‘em back in the manila folder and re-alphabetize ‘em. But I did bring my computer and watch movies while I did it, so I drank a lot of soda and watched a lot of movies that summer.”

    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

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    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

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    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in South Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

    Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HE’S ALWAYS ENJOYED THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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    Brandon Lay (Labor Day) OC: …a good one. :13
    “You know, I can’t complain too much about Labor Day, ‘cause usually doing landscaping and it had slowed down a little, but the water’s still warm enough to hit the river. I’ve gotten to spend some time out on the lake for Labor Day, so Labor Day’s a good one.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE JOBS SHE HAD GROWING UP AND HER BEST JOB -- PERFORMING FOR HER FANS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Labor Day) OC: …born to do. :59
    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack says her worst job truly smelled bad.

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    Caylee Hammack (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …worst job. (laughs) :38
    “My worst job was working in a nursery, actually. I love kids so I thought I’d be really good at it, but wen you’re the new person coming in, you have to change all the diapers first. So, I was changing 45 diapers a day and it got to the point where everything smelled like baby poop. It literally drove me crazy. I would walk my dog and I would have to go to pick up her poop, and it would smell like baby poop, and I just couldn’t handle it, honestly. The smell of poop warded me away. The children were lovely, but the smell of poop lingered, and I couldn’t handle that job. That was my worst job.” (laughs)

    Audio / CLARE DUNN GETS EMOTIONAL WHEN TALKING ABOUT DRIVING A SILAGE TRUCK IN TEXAS TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO MOVE TO TENNESSEE TO FOLLOW HER DREAM.

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    Clare Dunn (Labor Day) OC: …had to do. 1:05
    “I was coming for school. I remember I was two weeks late for school [at Belmont], because I had stayed in Texas longer to drive a silage truck for harvest. Harvest was still going on and I needed the money, so I stayed down there. I called all my professors. I explained what I was doing. I said, ‘I’m not going to be there for the first two weeks.’ They all were very, I told them why, and they were all very accepting of that. So, I got home. I was worn out from driving this truck in Texas, and I remember getting home in like the morning or the night before and I left the next day. I literally just chucked as much stuff in a U-haul as I could, and my family was helping me get it all ready while I was on the truck. I remember, everybody cried. I’m probably gonna cry just talking about it, because it was so many unknowns, and I just drove myself out to Tennessee. It was very emotional for me, obviously, just seeing that Tennessee state line sign and being scared to death, but knowing that’s what I had to do.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

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    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

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    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

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    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about working

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    Jon Langston (Labor Day) OC: …is the bomb. :45
    “The worst job – it wasn’t bad – I could just say growing up and stuff and in high school, I was working for my dad. It was a great job, working at the shop. One day I got tired of working for my dad. I thought it’d be smart to go work for somebody else and so I went to work at Chik-fil-a for a family friend, and I’m just not made for cooking chicken. But, I told my dad, ‘Hey, can I come back to work?’ (laughs) So, yeah, I mean, Chik-fil-a a great place to work if you’re into that kind of thing, but not me. But Chik-fil-a is m favorite fast food restaurant of all time. I mean, I will go to war for Chik-fil-a. I eat there probably three or four times a week. Chik-fil-a is the bomb.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

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    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS, WHOSE DEBUT SINGLE IS MAKING ITS WAY UP THE COUNTRY CHARTS, TALKS ABOUT HIS WORST JOB.

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    Jordan Davis (Labor Day) OC: …worst job. :41
    “[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weedeated eight hours a day. The only break I would get would be in-between yard to yard. So, like we would be in the car and I would try to doze off for like 10 minutes. I was covered in grass in the middle of the summer in Baton Rouge. It was awful. That was definitely the worst job.”

    Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT PERFORMING FOR FANS.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …amazing. :22
    “Seeing people connect to the music is absolutely, hands-down the biggest reward for me, especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before and it’s all these people, I mean lots of people out there. You’ve never met a single one of ‘em and they’re singing every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody and everything, but they get the songs. It’s amazing.”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.

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    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING HAS NEVER HAD ANOTHER JOB OTHER THAN PLAYING MUSIC.

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    Travis Denning (Labor Day) OC: …right for it. :13
    “I’ve always played music. I mean, my first gig was when I was 16-years-old. That was what I did. And as soon as I found out I could make money doing it, I thought I’d much rather make money doing this than anything else, so I went right for it.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD STARS IN ALL-NEW NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOW OPEN & WELCOMES ICON JOAN JETT FOR NEW RENDITION OF “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT.”

    NBC’s Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years, will unveil an all-new show open with Carrie Underwood this season, with a nod to the first-ever NBC SNF open in 2006 featuring a new rendition of the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” music.

    Underwood, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year and welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.

     

    At the invitation of Underwood, Jett – whose 1988 Top 10 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was adapted for the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” SNF show open music in 2006 – appears for the first time in the NBC Sunday Night Football show open. Carrie will also be joined by NFL stars (to be announced on Monday) in the new show open.

    “I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open,” said Carrie. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”

     

    “When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”

    *At halftime of this Sunday night’s preseason game (August 25th) on NBC (Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 8pm ET), a sneak preview of the SNF show open will air. The full 2019 NBC Sunday Night Football show open will debut on Sunday, September 8th, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL Stadium with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”

    2019 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
    Thurs. Sept. 5 NFL Kickoff  Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
    Sun. Sept. 8 Week 1   Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
    Sun. Sept. 15 Week 2   Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
    Sun. Sept. 22 Week 3   Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns
    Sun. Sept. 29 Week 4 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
    *Sun. Oct. 6 Week 5   Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
    *Sun. Oct. 13 Week 6 Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers
    *Sun. Oct. 20 Week 7 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
    *Sun. Oct. 27 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
    *Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
    *Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys
    *Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11  Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams
    *Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
    **Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
    *Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New England Patriots at Houston Texans
    *Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
    *Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
    *Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
    *Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBD

    *Flex Week

    ** Thanksgiving Night Game

     

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS SUCH A BIG FAN OF FOOTBALL, AND SHE IS THRILLED TO BE A PART OF SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.

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    Carrie Underwood (loves being a part of SNF) OC: …my whole life. :54
    “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. 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.”

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO HOST “THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS REBA McENTIRE AND DOLLY PARTON, CELEBRATING LEGENDARY WOMEN IN COUNTRY MUSIC.

    Carrie Underwood will host “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” with special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony.

     

     

     

    Combined, the three hosts hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins, 11 of which are for Female Vocalist of the Year. In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Parton receiving the award in 1978 and McEntire winning in 1986.

    https://twitter.com/DollyParton/status/1163408397565419520

     

    Final nominees for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” will be announced live August 28th during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via livestream following the broadcast.

    Carrie, who is making her way up the country charts with “Southbound,” has won seven CMA Awards, has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Underwood has co-hosted the CMA Awards since 2008, creating an unforgettable legacy, from celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards in 2016 to countless other highlights across the legendary broadcast’s history.

    This year’s CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD PERFORMS WITH CHILDHOOD IDOL AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY.

    Before she hits the road next month on the next leg of The Cry Pretty Tour 360, Carrie Underwood has a handful of dates performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday night (August 13th), Carrie realized a childhood dream of performing with Bryan White, one of her idols growing up.

     

    This pic pretty much sums up my night at the @opry . This was my #FullCircleMoment !! Growing up, I was a member of the @bryan_white  Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!,” she posted on Twitter.

    Carrie, who is closing in on Top 5 on the country charts with her song, “Southbound,” returns to the road, along with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, September 10th in San Diego.

     

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD INSPIRES “CHAMPIONS” DURING CMA FEST.

    Carrie Underwood surprised Nashville’s Andrew Jackson Elementary School’s Eagle Honor Choir before their performance at Nissan Stadium at this year’s CMA Fest. The children caught Carrie’s attention with a video of them performing her song, “The Champion,” and as a recipient of the CMA Foundation’s grant to ensure music education for every child, the choir was offered the opportunity to perform during the festival.

    Directed by three-time CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence winner Franklin Willis, the choir performed in front of more than 50,000 people at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

    Carrie told them, “I can’t wait for you guys to crush it on Sunday. You guys are gonna be so amazing. That crowd is not gonna know what hit them.

    CMA Fest will air Sunday (August 4th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

     

     

  • BROTHERS, CARRIE, DIERKS, KEITH, LBT AND MORE WILL PERFORM DURING ABC’S CMA MUSIC FEST.

    If you just happened to miss being in Nashville for this year’s CMA Music Fest or you want to relive the amazing time you had, you can catch all the action as ABC airs the television special, CMA Fest, Sunday, August 4th. The show will feature more than 30 performers, including many collaborations such as Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood with rock legend Joan JettBrothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn and Ashley McBrydeKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, plus many others. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

    This year’s CMA Fest premieres August 4th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Kelsea Ballerini — “Miss Me More”
    Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers — “This Feeling”
    Dierks Bentley — “Living”
    Brothers Osborne — “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
    Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn– “Hard Workin’ Man”
    Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde — “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone”
    Kane Brown — “Good as You”
    Luke Bryan — “Knockin’ Boots”
    Luke Combs — “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
    Dan + Shay — “All To Myself”
    Florida Georgia Line — “Talk You Out Of It”
    Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell — “What Happens In A Small Town”
    Chris Janson — “Good Vibes”
    Miranda Lambert — “Locomotive”
    Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban — “Old Town Road”
    Little Big Town — “The Daughters”
    Tim McGraw and Luke Combs — “Real Good Man”
    Midland — “Mr. Lonely”
    Maren Morris — “Girl”
    Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile — “Common”
    Old Dominion — “Make It Sweet”
    Pistol Annies — “Sugar Daddy”
    Rascal Flatts — “Back to Life”
    Blake Shelton — “God’s Country”
    Thomas Rhett — “Look What God Gave Her” and “T-Shirt”
    Carrie Underwood — “Southbound”
    Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett — Medley of “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
    Keith Urban — “We Were”
    Brett Young — “Here Tonight”

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT THE CMA FEST TELEVISION SPECIAL AND HOW MUCH HE ENJOYS PERFORMING ON IT.

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    Luke Bryan (CMA Music Festival TV) OC: …for the fans. 1:00
    “I’ve always been the type of artist when I can perform my music for a television audience, it’s the best of both worlds. You get to be in people’s households and they get to always put the face with the song. I mean, that used to be a big deal in my career, in my early career, we had to make sure that the people watching at home put it together that this crazy guy was singing in the song. I mean, this is like a big, awards-show-type crowd in August and yeah, it’s very important. You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on, because the fans that are in the room, they’re gonna go watch it again in August. And another thing — it’s gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they’re gonna want to come be a part of that. So it’s been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it’s sold out every night, and that’s because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT CMA MUSIC FEST.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Music Festival) OC: …when they’re here. 1:05
    “CMA Music Festival is so much fun, and every year they do a TV special, which is really cool. We kind of get to give the rest of the world that didn’t get to come to the Music Fest a little taste of what it’s like and hopefully they’ll see it and want to come next year. But CMA Music Fest is so much fun. No other genre of music does what country music does for their fans like this, which is so cool. There are literally like hundreds of thousands of people that like descend on Nashville, and there’s not a hotel to be found. Everywhere you go there’s people looking for music and looking to see artists and fan club parties and charity events and the CMT Music Awards are that week. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s kind of a way to get to interact and give back and meet the people that have been coming to see you on tour and get to say thank you. It’s just a blast. I came as a kid growing up a couple of times, and it’s cool to be on that side of things and now to be on this side of things, but I think everybody just has a lot of fun when they’re here.”

    Audio / Keith Urban, who is making his way up the country charts with “We Were,” talks about CMA Music Fest.

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    Keith Urban(CMA Music Fest) OC: …love it. :25
    “I love it! It’s like summer camp. I mean, it is! It’s a chance to obviously see a lot of people I don’t normally see. I don’t know. It’s just palpable. Since Fan Fair, it’s just been that sort of week-plus of energy; the town just explodes, and what it is we love about this genre and the community aspect of it. I always love it.”

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  • “CMA FEST” HOSTS SUMMER’S HOTTEST MUSIC PERFORMANCES SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH AT 8/7c ON ABC.

    If you just happened to miss being in Nashville for the 48th Annual CMA Music Fest or you want to relive the amazing time you had, you can catch all the action as ABC airs the television special, CMA Fest, Sunday, August 4th. The show will feature more than 30 performers, including many collaborations such as Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood with rock legend Joan Jett, Brothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn AND Ashley McBryde, Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers, plus many others. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young.

     

    Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will host this year’s CMA Fest special on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm ET on ABC.

    Audio / BACKSTAGE BEFORE HER NISSAN STADIUM PERFORMANCE AT THIS YEAR'S CMA MUSIC FEST, CARRIE UNDERWOOD EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S A HUGE FAN OF ROCK LEGEND JOAN JETT, WHO JOINED HER ON STAGE TO DO A MEDLEY OF HER HITS.

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    Carrie Underwood (CMA Fest-Joan Jett) 2 OC: …sing with me. :25
    “Just hearing her songs on the radio and the more I got to know and see just how much of a trailblazer she was for, not just women in her genre of music, but women in music in general…I mean, I’m a fan on every level — personally, professionally, musically and honored that she’s heard my name before and agreed to come sing with me.”