Tracy Chapman Encourages Grammy Attendees With Rare Fast Car Performance

Tracy Chapman didn’t sit still at this year’s Grammy Awards.

The singer-songwriter wowed the crowd when he joined country artist Luke Combs for a duet on his 1988 hit, Fast Car, at Sunday’s ceremony.

Although Combs’ cover topped the country music charts this year, Chapman’s presence really brought things home.

And he brought the A-list audience to its feet, as Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and Kelly Clarkson stood and sang along, some wiping tears from their eyes.

Tracy Chapman really made a splash at the 66th Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024.Tracy Chapman really made a splash at the 66th Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024.

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The Talkin’ Bout a Revolution singer’s performance at the Grammys was a huge turn-on for fans of the folk-rock talent, who has only appeared in front of the cameras three times since 2009.

Although Chapman hasn’t been in the limelight since Combs’ cover topped the charts last year, he says he’s grateful for the new audience Fast Car has found.

“I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I’m honored to be there,” he told Billboard last summer.

Combs’ cover made Chapman the first black woman to top Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as a solo songwriter. The cover was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance, but lost to Chris Stapleton’s White Horse.

Chapman won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Fast Car” in 1989.

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