Carrie Underwood Teams With Ludacris for 'The Champion'

Lula Sharp
January 13, 2018

NBC liked the song so much the network is also using it for its winter Olympics coverage.

The pulsing track definitely emphasizes Underwood's pop influences, featuring atmospheric keyboards and light electronic percussion in the verse as she begins, "I'll be the last one standing / Two hands in the air, I'm a champion / You'll be looking up at me when it's over / I live for the battle, I'm a soldier". The inspirational chorus behind "The Champion" - featuring the line, "I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable" - is as smooth as a spiral off the arm of Patriots QB Tom Brady.

The Super Bowl, which airs on NBC on February 4 starting at 6:30, are fielding an all-star team of musical talent. Now, it will be "The Champion" that ultimately becomes an earworm for sports fans across America.

She's a little bit country and he's a little bit rap.

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Adding to the pop sound is rapper Ludacris, who is featured on the track.

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. Some Twitter users have expressed confusion over the direction of Underwood's music, while others suggested that the Storyteller singer should stick to her usual country music format.

Whatever "The Champion" means for Underwood's career path, she has come a long way since winning American Idol in 2004, snagging seven Grammys and 12 American Country Music Awards for her chart-topping country albums.

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