Luke Combs And Tracy Chapman To Deliver Unforgettable Performance Of ‘Fast Car’ At 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Chapman has not performed publicly in years.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 1, 2024

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Tracy Chapman; Photo Courtesy Seth Myers, YouTube, Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Music Mayhem

Tracy Chapman is coming out of her performance retirement to take the stage alongside Luke Combs at the GRAMMY Awards this Sunday night. As reported by Variety, the monumental moment will find the stars coming together to sing Chapman’s 1988 tune, “Fast Car,” which has seen a resurgence in popularity with the current generation of music lovers, thanks to Combs’ cover. 

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Chapman’s First Public Performance In Years

The outlet also revealed that this will mark Chapman’s first public performance in years, as she has only sang in front of cameras a total of three times since her last tour in 2009. 

Chapman’s official X account (formerly Twitter), confirmed the news and expressed true enthusiasm for the female singer/songwriter’s upcoming performance. 

“Exciting news!! Tracy Chapman will perform “Fast Car” with Luke Combs during the 2024 Grammys. Though she has not performed publicly in years, she’s joining  @lukecombs  to sing “Fast Car” at the Grammys @recordingacademy after his cover became one of the most popular songs of 2023.”

This follows a previous announcement made on January 21, 2024, via CBS that added Combs to this year’s lineup of performers. Along with Combs, artists like Burna Boy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Travis Scott, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, and more will also take the stage.

“Excited to announce I’ll be performing on the 66th #GRAMMYs Sunday, February 4th at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on @CBS. Y’all tune in!” Combs wrote on social media accompanying the announcement.

“Fast Car” Earns Combs His 16th Consecutive No. 1

Since the ongoing success Combs has seen with his cover of “Fast Car,” Chapman has continued to stay out of the spotlight. However, she broke her silence in a an exclusive statement to Billboard where she expressed her surprise over how well fans have resonated with Combs’ rendition of the song. Additionally, a statement was read on her behalf during the 57th Annual CMA Awards when the country star’s cover won song of the year, making Chapman the first Black songwriter to win this award. 

Luke Combs - Gettin' Old
Luke Combs – Gettin’ Old

Luke Combs’ cover of the tune penned solely by Chapman appears on his latest album, Gettin’ Old, which arrived on March 24, 2023. Fans quickly fell in love with the North Carolina native’s take on the song and it ended up earning Combs his 16th consecutive No.1 single on country radio. As a result, “Fast Car” became the first song by a male solo artist to secure the No.1 spot on both the Hot AC and Country Airplay charts. award. 

Performer And Nominee

In addition to performing “Fast Car” at the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Combs has been nominated for Best Country Solo Performance with his cover of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 song “Fast Car.” This marks the first time in 35 years that the tune has been nominated for a GRAMMY. Back in February of 1989, Tracy Chapman was vying for six awards and ended up taking home three – Best New Artist, Best Contemporary Folk Recording and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Fast Car.”

Live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and hosted by Trevor Noah, Music’s Biggest Night® will take place on Sun, Feb. 4, 2024. The evening will unite artists of all genres to celebrate their impact on the music industry and reveal this year’s winners. 

How To Watch The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Sun, Feb. 4, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* Prior to the Telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony® will be broadcast live from the Peacock Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on live.GRAMMY.com.

On GRAMMY® Sunday, fans can access exclusive behind-the-scenes GRAMMY Awards content, including performances, acceptance speeches, interviews from the GRAMMY Live red-carpet special, and more via the Recording Academy’s digital experience on live.GRAMMY.com. The show was produced by Fulwell 73 Productions for the Recording Academy® for the fourth consecutive year. Ben Winston, Raj Kapoor and Jesse Collins are executive producers. 

Learn more about how to watch the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards HERE.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.