Carrie Underwood Teams With Joan Jett For New NBC ‘Sunday Night Football’ Show Open

Carrie Underwood will star in an all-new NBC’s Sunday Night Football show opener, featuring a new rendition of the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” music. This marks the seventh consecutive year Underwood appears in the show opener, and this year she welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during her performance.

Jett, whose 1988 Top 10 hit “I Hate Myself for Loving You” was adapted for the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” SNF show open music in 2006, was invited by Underwood to appear in the new opener. Underwood will also be joined by NFL stars in the new intro.

For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.” Fans will get a sneak preview of the new Sunday Night Football show open on NBC this Sunday, August 25, during halftime of the Steelers-Titans preseason game.

“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. “What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on primetime’s biggest stage?”

“When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”

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