Carrie Underwood, Ludacris write song for Super Bowl

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After teasing the tune on Saturday (Jan. 7), Underwood officially unveiled the track - which, surprisingly, features rapper Ludacris - on Friday morning (Jan. 12).

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. The anthemic song was produced by Jim Jonsin.

And if the title didn't already give it away, the anthem has a strong upbeat, inspirational vibe, making it flawless for NBC's Super Bowl and Winter Olympic Games coverage, where the song will be featured, according to the video's description. "We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome".

The Super Bowl, which airs on NBC on February 4 starting at 6:30, are fielding an all-star team of musical talent.

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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 winter Olympics kicks off February 8th and goes until the 25th. "Carrie presented first. After she spoke, we looked at each other and said, 'That's the one, '" recalls Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of Sunday Night Football and NBC's Super Bowl LII coverage.

NBC plans to air their video for "The Champion" before its coverage of the National Football League championship game.

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