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Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs hug and smile together on stage at the 2024 Grammys. Tracy is holding her guitar.

Luke Combs Thanks Tracy Chapman For Inspiring Him and Countless Others

Luke Combs is sharing his deep gratitude for Tracy Chapman.

The country singer has shared a heartfelt message on Instagram following their stellar performance of ‘Fast Car’ at the recent GRAMMYs. In case you missed it, the pair moved audiences to tears around the world with their duet, and soon after, the song began topping global music charts again – 36 years after its original release!

“When it comes to the performance it’s still hard to process how amazing it really was to be up there on that stage. No doubt a defining moment of my career,” he begins.

“Tracy, I want to send my sincerest thanks to you for allowing me to be a part of your moment. Thank you for the impact you have had on my musical journey, and the musical journeys of countless other singers, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike.”


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‘Fast Car’ was the first single off Tracy’s self-titled debut album which went on to earn her a GRAMMY in 1989 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist. She was also nominated for Record and Song of the Year.

Decades later, Luke covered the song and saw it climb to No. 2 on the U.S. country music charts. His rendition won Song of the Year at the Country Music Awards, and since it was written by Tracy, she became the first Black songwriter to win the prestigious award in the ceremony’s 57-year history!

“I hope you felt how much you mean to the world that night,” Luke’s message continues. “We were all in awe of you up there and I was just the guy lucky enough to have the best seat in the house.”

Also reflecting on his time at the GRAMMYs, Luke described the experience as “unreal,” adding that there “were so many laughs, tears, hugs, and cheers.”

(Feature Image Credit: Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.