Carrie Underwood had plenty to talk about when she visited the Today show on Wednesday, January 18th – from her upcoming performance at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, her obsession with The Walking Dead and even addressing the possibility of disrobing with the grizzled but lovable Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman.
Underwood’s appearance on the show coincided with the announcement of “Dirty Laundry” becoming the singer’s 25th Number One song, and the fourth consecutive chart topper from her Storyteller album. It also came just hours before Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.
With Offerman filling in as a celebrity guest host, the interview began with talk about Underwood’s fashion line, Calia, and her skydiving adventure in Australia last month. After making the remark, “I think every once in a while I have to do something that’s out of character, just to prove that I could,” Offerman playfully suggested the group (which included Today hosts Al Roker and Tamron Hall) get naked, which was politely declined.
Underwood described her feelings heading into next month’s Grammy Awards, where she and Keith Urban have been announced as performers.
“Any kind of stage like that where it’s multi genre, you just want to bring your best,” she said. “We’re representing country music. . . and I just want to do a good job. I want my genre and my fans to be proud.” Underwood, a seven-time Grammy winner, is currently a Best Country Solo Performance nominee for “Church Bells.”
Later on, the star chatted about her enduring obsession with AMC’s zombie saga The Walking Dead, revealing an awkward red carpet encounter with actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the show’s Negan, and confirming that she would in fact love to be a guest star on the popular show. She would most likely prefer to play a zombie, she said, “because then it would just be a little thing and I could be like, ‘I was there and a part of it!'”
Underwood will perform as part of the 59th annual Grammy Awards, which air February 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, but has hinted at taking much of 2017 off from touring to focus on family and songwriting.