The three-minute, 37 second tune, written by Underwood and Ludacris with Brett James and Chris DeStefano, earns its high-profile slot with one of the heaviest, and catchiest, tracks of the "All-American Girl" singer's career.
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"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".
"When we met with Carrie a year ago to discuss the Super Bowl open, we each brought ideas", Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of NBC Sunday Night Football and the Super Bowl LII presentation, says. "There's a champion in every single one of us", she said, motivating and inspiring every one of her fans, followers, and friends.
The Jim Jonsin-produced record, which was released alongside a lyric video today (Jan. 12), has been confirmed to be the opening track for Super Bowl LII.
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NBC plans to air their video for "The Champion" before its coverage of the National Football League championship game.