Luke Combs and Wife Nicole Score ‘Ridiculous’ Selfie with Taylor Swift at GRAMMY Awards

It was a memorable night at the GRAMMY Awards, indeed!

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 5, 2024

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Luke Combs and Wife Nicole; Selfie with Taylor Swift; Photo Courtesy Instagram Stories

Luke Combs and his wife, Nicole, snagged a “ridiculous” selfie with the one and only Taylor Swift while attending the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday (Feb. 4). 

Nicole Combs documented their time at the GRAMMY Awards on Instagram, where she shared several photos from their evening at Music’s Biggest Night. The final image of the carousel includes a selfie of the beloved country couple with 14-time GRAMMY winner, Taylor Swift, standing behind them. 

A Taylor Swift Photobomb

Fans were quick to notice the Swift photobomb and took to the comments section to point it out. 

“Dying at the last pic with a certain someone behind you guys 😂,” one Instagram user shared, while another wrote, “Love the Taylor selfie 😂” 

Unforgettable Performance

Luke Combs attended the show with a nomination for his cover of “Fast Car” in the Best Country Solo Performance category. While he didn’t take home the win (that went to Chris Stapleton’s “White Horse”), Combs had one of the most buzzed-about performances of the night when he shared the stage with Tracy Chapman to perform “Fast Car.” This was a bucket list moment for Combs as “Fast Car” was his favorite song growing up. The look of sheer gratitude and amazement on Combs’ face throughout his performance was very telling of the way he felt on stage with Chapman. 

While he has yet to release any official statements following the performance, Combs shared a short message on Instagram. 

“I’ll have more to say about last night when I’ve had the chance to process it. All I can say now is thank you Tracy and thank you [to the] Recording Academy for letting me be a part of a truly remarkable moment. I’m very thankful.”   

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Combs’ wife, Nicole, also reacted to the performance on Instagram by sharing a sweet tribute to her husband. “Watching you up there performing with @tracychapmanonline at the Grammys will forever my one of my favorite moments 🥹🫶🏼 never thought I’d ever write that sentence haha,” she wrote. 

Champman Makes Rare Public Appearance

This marked an extremely rare appearance from Chapman as it was the first time she had performed publicly in several years. 

Additionally, the performance found Chapman reuniting with the musicians who played on the original recording of “Fast Car,” including drummer Denny Fongheiser, bassist Larry Klein, as well as her longtime band members Larry Campbell (fiddle) and Joe Gore (guitar). Chapman and Combs were also joined by Combs’ band member, Kurt Ozan (pedal steel).

Alongside creating history, the performance represented a noteworthy moment, taking place exactly 35 years after Chapman’s first rendition of “Fast Car” at the GRAMMYs. The track enjoyed a revival, captivating a new audience, dominating charts in different music genres, and accumulating tens of millions of streams.

The Original Version Topped The Charts Following The Performance

Following the collaborative performance, Tracy Chapman’s original version of “Fast Car” soared in sales and streams, according to several reports. 

Combs was the only country artist who performed during the broadcast. The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards also featured performances by Burna Boy, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, SZA and U2. 

Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson, and Oprah Winfrey were on hand to present.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, Music’s Biggest Night was also available to be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+.*

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.