Grammy Award-Winning Artist Records “Sunday Night Football” Opening Theme “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night”

NBC selected six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum
recording artist, Carrie Underwood, to perform “Waiting All Day for
Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1
program, Sunday Night Football on NBC. Country music superstar
Underwood, the season-four winner of American Idol, makes her Sunday
Night Football debut on Sunday, September 8 on NBC’s first SNF broadcast
of the 2013 NFL season, a heated NFC East rivalry game when Dallas
Cowboys host the New York Giants. The opening theme will continue each
week kicking off Sunday Night Football every Sunday night throughout the
NFL season on NBC.

“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and am so
honored they asked me,” said Underwood. “I have always loved football
season, and it is so exciting to now become part of it every Sunday

Since winning American Idol and releasing her debut album in 2005,
Underwood has sold over 15 million albums, and placed 17 No. 1 singles
on the charts. Her recent album, Blown Away, made history by debuting
at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Underwood only
the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have
each of their first four albums debut at No. 1.

“Carrie Underwood was our first and only choice to perform the Sunday
Night Football opening,” said SNF producer Fred Gaudelli. “She’s one of
America’s most popular entertainers and the perfect fit for our show.”

The now platinum-selling Blown Away album also debuted at No. 1 on
the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Underwood only the second
country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No.
1. She is a six-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music
Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM
Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett
song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and marks Underwood’s first
production with NBC Sports. From 2007-2012, the song was performed by
music superstar Faith Hill and in 2006, the inaugural season of Sunday
Night Football, Pink performed the open.

Underwood is currently headlining and selling out arenas across North
America on her “Blown Away Tour.” The tour, which launched last June,
has played in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, and
Australia, and will perform a total of 112 dates by the time is wraps on
May 23 in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.

Sunday Night Football, which averaged 21.8 million viewers in the 2012 season, is primetime television’s No. 1 program.

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