Of course, “Fast Car” was originally written and recorded by Tracy Chapman, and released in 1988 as the lead single from her 1988 self-titled debut studio album. At the 31st annual Grammy Awards in 1989, she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Fast Car,” best contemporary folk album for Tracy Chapman and best new artist.
And last year, Luke’s version became a massive hit and juggernaut at country radio, flying up the country charts at an insane pace pretty much completely organically, so much so that his label actually sent it to Top 40 pop and Hot Adult Contemporary radio, as well.
After it went #1 on the country charts, Tracy Chapman also became first ever black woman to reach the number one spot on the country charts as a sole writer of a song. And to be even more specific, it is only the second time since 1990 that a black songwriter topped the list as the only credited writer on the track. The single also peaked at #2 on the Billboard all-genre singles chart.
Chapman has only performed in front of cameras three times since her last tour in 2009, so it will certainly be a special moment to see them take the stage together and I’m really looking forward to it. While a somewhat unlikely duo, there’s clearly some real magic there and this live performance feels long overdue.
Luke is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “Fast Car,” his seventh nomination overall. Taking home this trophy would mark his first Grammy win.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 2024 Grammy Awards will air live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 4th at 8:00 EST on CBS (it will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+).