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Tracy Chapman: 35years later makes country music history

Written by on November 14, 2023

After 35 years Tracy Chapman’s song Fast Car was named both song and single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

The cover version by Luke Combs, was also recognized at the awards which reached number two in the US and number 30 in the UK.

But the awards also marks a  long overdue milestone: Chapman is the first black songwriter to win song of the year in the ceremony’s 57-year history.

The singer, who did not attend the awards, said the prize was “truly an honour”.

Combs also thanked Chapman as he accepted the single of the year trophy.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Tracy Chapman for writing one of the best songs of all time,” he said.

“I just recorded it because I loved the song. It’s the first favourite song that I ever had, at 4 years old.”

Guess it is true “Better late than never”.


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