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. The one-time American Idol winner has been opening Sunday Night Football for the past five NFL seasons, and now she’s doing something special for this Super Bowl. On Friday, Underwood released a new song, “The Champion,” that she’ll sing to kick off the championship game on Feb. 4.
As the name suggests, “The Champion” is a rousing sports anthem with lyrics about being indestructible and born to win. But lest you think the name is an accident, rapper Ludacris has a guest verse on “The Champion” in which he elucidates the meaning of every letter, acrostic style: C is for courage, H is for hurt, A is for attitude, M is for motivation, P is for perseverance, I is for innovation, O is for optimism, and N is for necessary.
The Super Bowl, of course, isn’t the only major sporting event on NBC this season. The network will also be incorporating “The Champion” into its coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Watch the lyric video for “The Champion” above.
Camila Cabello has described being close to tears when she saw Fifth Harmony’s dig at her during their MTV Video Music Awards performance.
The former member was watching the ceremony live at home with her mother at the time, and speaking to the New York Times, she recalled feeling very upset to the point where her “eyes welled up”.
Back in August 2017, Fifth Harmony took to the stage to perform ‘Down’ and ‘Angel’ with a fifth band member (seemingly representing Camila), who they quickly disposed of at the start of the performance.
Recalling that moment, Camila has now said: “It definitely hurt my feelings.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t prepared for it, especially because at that point I’d moved on from it. I was just like, ‘What? Why?'”
The singer added: “I have to make space for the good stuff to happen in my life. I don’t like holding onto the past, especially when it’s stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty.”
Days before the VMAs performance, Fifth Harmony reacted awkwardly during an interview as they were grilled about Camila’s departure from the group.
Camila has now released her debut solo album to positive reviews.
Titled Camila, it includes singles such as ‘Havana’ and ‘Never Be the Same’. You can listen to the latter song below:
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