Carrie Underwood Returns To ‘Sunday Night Football’

Country superstar Carrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football for the eighth consecutive year this fall. The Grammy-winning…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 26, 2020


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by: Joseph Llanes/NBC

Country superstar Carrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football for the eighth consecutive year this fall.

The Grammy-winning artist will once again star in the show open for SNF, which has been primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented nine consecutive years.

The 2020 show open was filmed abiding to social-distancing and without extras in the studio or stadium. Instead, the unique opening will feature user-generated content showcasing fans cheering on their favorite teams. The show open will also feature remotely filmed cameos from various NFL players.

Underwood will perform a new recording of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” during the much-anticipated new clip.

“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.

The new SNF open will debut on Sunday, September 13 during the SNF season opener between the Cowboys and the Rams.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.