NFL fans will get a double-dose of star power beginning this season when tuning into “NBC Sunday Night Football,” as Joan Jett and Carrie Underwood will be featured in the opening sequence performing together, merging the classic rock icon and one of the most successful country/pop singers ever.
You know it.
You love it.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 20, 2019
It’s all part of the NFL’s 100th anniversary, and the league’s hopes of starting things off with the requisite fanfare — as well as doing service to Jett, whose song “I Hate Myself For Loving You” was, effectively, the “NBC Sunday Night Football” theme music beginning around 2006.
You see, the song was adapted from its original form into “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” and has gone through versions performed by Pink, Faith Hill and Underwood over the years.
Here’s a look back at the various versions of the theme song over the years:
And Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” for reference:
Via NBC’s release announcing this news:
“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.”
The new Jett-and-Underwood collaboration will have its season premiere on Sept. 7, before the Steelers take on the Patriots.