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Tracy Chapman Delivers Rare 'Fast Car' Performance with Luke Combs at 2024 Grammys

 The two Grammy nominees performed the songwriter's 36-year-old-hit during Sunday's ceremony


Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman serenaded the audience with a duet of “Fast Car” at the 2024 Grammy Awards. 

The performance was prefaced with Combs, 33, recalling his memories of listening to Chapman's original version of "Fast Car." He explained the hit was his "favorite song before I even knew what a favorite song was."

The country singer and the singer-songwriter, 59, then took the stage to perform their own rendition of Chapman’s 1988 hit song during the ceremony at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The televised performance marked Chapman's first since singing on Late Night with Seth Myers in 2020. She last toured in 2009.

Taylor Swift and Brandi Carlile were seen standing during the performance and the entire audience gave the pair a standing ovation at the conclusion of the song.


Their duet follows Combs’ chart-topping cover of the hit song, released more than three decades after its first release. His cover also received a nomination for best country solo performance at this year's ceremony.

Combs first released the twangy cover in April 2023, and the track raced to the top of the country music charts, as well as peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In December Combs exclusively told PEOPLE that he began performing the song because it invoked happy childhood memories with his father, Chester Combs.


"When I was 5 years old, my dad and I would be in his truck, and he would always play music for me. He had a Tracy Chapman cassette tape, and 'Fast Car' is one of the first songs I remember," the North Carolina native told PEOPLE. "I’ve always been a huge fan of it and think of my dad and our time together when I hear it."

"I always thought it was one of the best songs of all time, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised," said Combs. "But there’s nothing like Tracy’s version, so I thought it would just be a nice complement to the original but never really expected mine to take off quite the way it did."

Ahead of Combs’ acknowledgment of the song’s personal emotional significance, Chapman spoke about the cover with Billboard in July. "I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I’m honored to be there."

She continued to praise the country singer’s version to the outlet, "I’m happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have found and embraced 'Fast Car.'"


Chapman was just 24 years old when the song came out, and PEOPLE described it at the time as "a female companion piece to one of Springsteen’s bucket-seat sagas."

"Fast Car" was the lead single off Tracy Chapman, and it received a massive boost after Chapman performed it at the Mandela concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Then a relatively unknown artist, she was added to the bill at the last minute after Stevie Wonder dropped out.

Other performers for Grammys night include the singer’s former collaborator Travis Scott, along with Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Burna Boy, U2 as well as SZA.

Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson and Oprah Winfrey are set to present.

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