Carrie Underwood is a 'Champion' in new Ludacris collab for Super Bowl

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If Carrie Underwood hadn't pursued country music, I think she would've made the an unstoppable football coach.

Justin Timberlake will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl LII (perhaps in some sort of flannel ensemble to match his new album's purportedly country aesthetic), but it's up to Carrie Underwood to open the show. 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.

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The song, which will be used in broadcast coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Super Bowl LII, is unlike anything fans of the "Before He Cheats" singer have heard from her before. A music video for the single is expected to air during the opening of the annual National Football League championship game on February 4. After she spoke, we looked at each other and said, "That's the one.' Later on, our Olympics producers listened to "The Champion" and decided that it would be a ideal complement for our Winter Games coverage". He delivers a bold lyrical verse before passing the baton back to Carrie, who wraps up the song with another powerful chorus.

Listen to "The Champion" below!

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