WATCH: Carrie Underwood’s 2021 ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening Makes Its Debut

Sunday Night Football is back and so is Carrie Underwood!  The CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee returned to NBC’s Sunday…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 12, 2021


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC

Sunday Night Football is back and so is Carrie Underwood

The CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee returned to NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Sunday evening with a brand new show opening. 

The just-released clip features Underwood performing the iconic song “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” which is set to the melody of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and was previously performed by Faith Hill. 

The show open was shot at Industrial Light & Magic’s LED sound stage with StageCraft LED’s dynamic virtual production technology. Utilized in The Mandalorian, the state-of-the-art system features a unique background of a football tailgate for Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”

“Shooting the new show open for Sunday Night Football is one of the highlights of my year,” shared Underwood. “I just love the fact that we get to reinvent it every year.  The team behind these shoots is incredible and it’s always a really fun day, especially this year getting to work with such amazing state-of-the-art technology.” 

“We are excited about this year’s new collaboration with Carrie, which utilizes virtual production technology to generate real-time environments for Carrie’s performance, including a ‘tailgate’ to salute this game’s great fans, who have been ‘waiting all day for Sunday night’ and will be incorporated with their own user-generated tailgate videos,” Tripp Dixon, creative director of the SNF show open, stated.

The video made its debut ahead of Sunday’s night’s game featuring the Chicago Bears facing off against the Los Angeles Rams. 

Click above to watch the brand new clip. 

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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.