After months of uncertainty and planning for the 2020-21 National Football League season, the boys of fall are back and so is the famous musical intro from Carrie Underwood.
This marks the eighth year Underwood has held the honor of singing the theme for Sunday Night Football on NBC, and the country superstar is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this season’s unique promo. Production teams swapped out stadium filming with packed-in crowds for virtual cheers from football fans across the country.
“We all want to make each year feel special and unique,” Underwood explained. “More than anything, everybody is just grateful that we get to do this. Fans are gonna get to be a part of the open. With our world today and trying to do things in a socially distanced manner, that lended itself to giving us a new perspective on the open.”
Underwood goes on to talk about the camaraderie and joy this NFL season will bring to fans as it restores a sense of normalcy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the “Church Bells” singer will be seen performing the open theme in a Nashville recording studio, some of football’s biggest stars will make remote-based cameos alongside several of their biggest fans, who will also be featured virtually.
“We are excited about this year’s new collaboration with Carrie, including scenes in the recording studio, and look forward to uniquely incorporating the game’s great fans,” said Tripp Dixon, creative director of the SNF show open, in a recent press release.
It’s about to be a big week for Underwood with not only the premiere of the new SNF open, but also a live performance from the singer at the 55th Annual ACM Awards. Underwood is nominated for two awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. The 55th Annual ACM Awards is happening Wednesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Fans can tune into the first Sunday Night Football match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams on NBC.