Luke Combs May Perform With Tracy Chapman At The GRAMMYS
Luke Combs’s 2024 GRAMMY performance will be one for the history books. According to Variety‘s “sources,” Tracy Chapman, who has not performed in public in years, will return into the spotlight to perform “Fast Car” with Luke at the Grammys on Sunday night (2/5).
Combs won a CMA Award in November (11/8) for Single of The Year for his remake of the Tracy Chapman classic “Fast Car.” Chapman also won the Song of the Year (an award given to the songwriter) for Luke’s version of her song. With that, she became the first African American woman ever to win a CMA Award.
Backstage after his win, I asked Combs if he had ever thought he would win a CMA for a song he first heard in his dad’s truck as a kid and had loved since he was little. He told me, “Definitely not. I definitely had no idea that would be going on. It’s insane, really, the journey. I remember sitting in my apartment, and I was teaching myself to play guitar at 21 years old, spending just days and days trying to teach myself how to play that lick, which we all know is so iconic. I finally figured it out after about a month and a half or two months. I was so new at playing guitar, but I knew I wanted to play that song.”
Luke also shared backstage that he has yet to come face-to-face with Chapman. He said, “You know I haven’t met Tracy. We haven’t communicated outside of our official correspondence to each other. But that is something that I hope to do one day in the future.”
He concluded, “I think she was a trendsetting, barrier-breaking artist when she came out, and she continues to be that to this day. I think tonight is proof of that, and I’m super humbled to be a super small part of that.”
Chapman said in a statement when she won the CMA Awards for “Fast Car” last year (2023):
“I’m sorry I couldn’t join you all tonight. 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.'”
Variety has not confirmed the performance, saying that representatives for the Recording Academy could not be reached for comment.
The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from the Crypto.com in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 4, beginning at 8 PM ET. They will air live on CBS.