See Carrie Underwood’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Evolution

Underwood will star in the Sunday Night Football show opening for the 11th consecutive year.

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Lauren Jo Black

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August 3, 2023

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Carrie Underwood; Photos Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

Carrie Underwood will make an exciting return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football during the upcoming 2023 season with a show opening that promises to be one of her best yet. 

After making her debut in the SNF show-open in 2012, Underwood will return for her 11th consecutive season performing the show-opening this year.  

All-New Performance Coming Soon

The 2023 season will debut a show opening that features an all-new performance video that also includes augmented reality highlights displayed across a halo scoreboard. 

Additionally, SNF and Underwood teased that fans will witness a “surprise new element” during the 2023 season, but kept further details about that surprise under wraps. 

Debuting On September 10

Fans will have to wait until Sunday, Sept. 10 to see the debut of the Sunday Night Football show opening. The footage is set to premiere on NBC and Peacock, preceding the matchup between Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys as they face off against Daniel Jones and their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. 

This encounter between the Cowboys and the Giants represents a milestone as it is the fifth occasion that the teams have squared off in the NBC Sunday Night Football season opener, making it the highest number of such meetings in the series’ history.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Denise Truscello
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Denise Truscello

Underwood’s performance shots were captured at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, which is the home of her ongoing residency, REFLECTION

“Once again, the incredible Sunday Night Football team came up with a fresh, exciting visual concept that really gave us a chance to play,” Underwood shared in a statement.  “I loved shooting the show open again this year at our home away from home, The Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas, and can’t wait for another season of football!”

“We’re thrilled to work with Carrie to capture a new vision for this season’s show open. It sets the tone for the broadcast and pays tribute to the teams, star players and fans in a fun and dynamic way,” said Tripp Dixon, creative director of the SNF show open for each of the past 11 years.

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An Unforgettable Journey

Throughout the past decade, Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Football opening has thrilled viewers of SNF, which has ranked as primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented 12 consecutive years. 

The superstar took on the Sunday Night Football opening slot beginning in the 2013 season (country music icon Faith Hill previously starred in the show opening for six years). Since then, she’s performed “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” which is a reprised version of Joan Jett’s 1988 hit, “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” nearly every year with the exception of two years. 

During the 2016-2017 season, Underwood mixed things up with a performance of “Oh, Sunday Night,” set to the tune of “Somethin’ Bad,” her duet with Miranda Lambert. The following season, Underwood performed an original song titled, “Game On.” 

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For the 2019-2020 season, the show opening returned to the classic “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” with Underwood and special guest, Joan Jett. 

“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open,” Underwood said in a statement at the time. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”

As fans anticipate the 2023-2024 season of Sunday Night Football and the brand-new show opening featuring eight-time GRAMMY winner, Carrie Underwood, here’s a look back at Underwood through the years of Sunday Night Football.   

2013

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2014

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2015

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2016

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2017

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2018

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2019

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2020

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2021

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2022

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football

2023

Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Of Sunday Night Football
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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.