Carrie Underwood, Ludacris score with Super Bowl, Olympic anthem, 'The Champion'

Image courtesy of NBC Universal

Image courtesy of NBC Universal

Country music sensation Carrie Underwood has traded in her guitar and harmonica for a shot at becoming a pop star.

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 song and the accompanying video was released Friday.

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. "We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome".

Sports also will incorporate "The Champion" into its coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. "There's a champion in every single one of us!" says Carrie. A music video for the single is expected to air during the opening of the annual National Football League championship game on February 4.

NBC plans to air their video for "The Champion" before its coverage of the National Football League championship game. Ludacris' vocals are also featured in the song.

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