According to reports from Variety, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman, will make her highly anticipated return to the stage at the 2024 Grammy Awards. She will perform her hit song “Fast Car” alongside country star Luke Combs, who rose to fame with his cover of the beloved track.
The 33-year-old country singer’s cover of “Fast Car” took the music world by storm in 2023, earning him a spot at the top of the charts and an invitation to perform at the prestigious award show. The performance will mark Chapman’s first public appearance in years, as she has only performed three times since her tour ended in 2009.
Combs’ version of “Fast Car” topped the Billboard charts, reaching No. 1 on both the Radio Songs and Adult Pop charts for four weeks. The song also reached No. 6 on the Top 40 radio and No. 2 on the Hot 100. It was also a hit on the country charts, earning Combs his first crossover hit.
The success of the cover also landed Combs and Chapman a spot in music history, as they were the first artists in over 42 years to simultaneously hold the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The last time this happened was in 1981 with Eddie Rabbitt and Dolly Parton.
Not only did Combs’ cover bring him success in the U.S., but it also earned him his first track in the U.K. Top 40. This success was a reflection of Chapman’s original version, which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1998 and topped the U.K. charts twice, once in 1988 and then again in 2011.
Chapman has largely stayed out of the spotlight since Combs’ cover was released, but she did release a statement of support for the country singer. The statement was read on stage at the 2023 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards when Combs and Chapman were honored with the Song of The Year award.
Following the award, Chapman expressed her gratitude and excitement for the recognition of her song after 35 years since its debut. The singer also thanked the CMAs and specifically mentioned Combs and his fans for their support of “Fast Car.”
Combs’ cover of “Fast Car” has brought renewed attention to Chapman’s work, solidifying her place in music history. The collaboration has also brought together two different genres and showcased the impact of Chapman’s music on a new generation of listeners.
The upcoming performance at the 2024 Grammy Awards will undoubtedly be a highly anticipated and emotional moment for both Chapman and Combs. It will also be a celebration of the power and timelessness of music, as Chapman’s song continues to resonate with audiences decades after its release.
Fans of both artists are eagerly anticipating the performance, which is sure to be a highlight of the award show. The 2024 Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, showcasing the best and brightest talent in the music industry.