Tracy Chapman’s Surprise Return: Grammy Duet with Luke Combs on ‘Fast Car’
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Tracy Chapman is set to make a remarkable return to the stage at the upcoming Grammy Awards, where she will join forces with Luke Combs for a special performance of their rendition of the classic hit “Fast Car.” This unexpected collaboration has sparked excitement among fans, considering Chapman’s prolonged absence from public performances.
Sources Confirmed Chapman and Combs Grammy Duet
Sources close to the event have confirmed that Chapman, who last toured in 2009 and has only graced the stage three times since then, will be sharing the spotlight with Luke Combs, known for his massive success with the cover of “Fast Car” last year. The announcement adds an element of surprise to the Grammy lineup, as Chapman had previously resisted the widespread demand to capitalize on the resurgence of the song as an international sensation.
Representatives for the Recording Academy were unavailable for comment at the time of reporting, heightening anticipation for the much-anticipated duet.
Luke Combs’ rendition of “Fast Car” achieved considerable acclaim, earning the fifth spot on Variety’s annual Hitmakers list for 2023. The cover outperformed major hits like Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” marking a significant achievement for the country superstar. The multi-format success of Combs’ version included a four-week reign atop Billboard’s Radio Songs chart, reaching No. 1 on both adult pop and country formats for two weeks each. Additionally, it secured an impressive No. 6 position on Top 40 radio and claimed the second spot on the Hot 100.
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Tracy Chapman’s original release of “Fast Car” in 1988 had peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100, but its true impact went beyond the charts, resonating across demographics.
The song achieved top-five status in the U.K. twice, first in 1988 and again in 2011, showcasing its enduring popularity.
Chapman, who has largely stayed out of the public eye since the resurgence of “Fast Car,” issued a statement expressing her support for Combs’ version. Despite her limited public appearances, the country star obtained permission from Chapman to release the cover as a single, emphasizing the mutual respect between the two artists. Combs acknowledged not having direct conversations with Chapman about the song but expressed gratitude for her approval. In addition to financial benefits, Chapman received recognition for the song, including a song of the year award from the Country Music Association.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all tonight,” remarked Chapman in a statement read from the stage during the Country Music Association awards ceremony. “It’s truly an honor for my song to be newly recognized after 35 years of its debut. Thank you to the CMAs and a special thanks to Luke and all of the fans of ‘Fast Car'”
The Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs collaboration promises to be a highlight of the event, bringing together two generations of artists in celebration of the enduring power of “Fast Car.”