Sure, Pink is slated to sing the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday, but Carrie Underwood and Ludacris will kick off the show with a video for "The Champion", a new song that also will be the anthem for this year's Winter Olympics.
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.
Ludacris' contribution to "The Champion" starts at 2:10 in the track, when he comes in with a rap break that adds a very different flavor to Underwood's song before handing it back to her to wrap up with another powerful chorus.
The song was written by Underwood, Ludacris, and songwriters Chris DeStefano and Brett James and the Before He Cheats hitmaker explains they wanted the lyrics to be inspirational.
They say they wrote the song with sports in mind, but also to help people overcome anything in their lives.
Country star Carrie Underwood teamed up with Ludacris to co-write a new song, "The Champion", which will open the Super Bowl on February 4 airing on NBC. "There's a champion in every single one of us", she said, motivating and inspiring every one of her fans, followers, and friends. "Later on, our Olympics producers listened to "The Champion" and decided that it would be a ideal complement for our Winter Games coverage".