Tracy Chapman Gets First ACM Nod  

On Tuesday, Tracy Chapman received her first ACM Award nomination for her 1988 smash “Fast Car.” Even after 35 years, country music singer Luke Combs' performance has elevated the song.  

Chapman and Combs are nominated for song of the year for “Fast Car” as solo writers. However, Combs' country version has become a success.  

Chapman and Combs are nominated for song of the year for “Fast Car” as solo writers. However, Combs' country version has become a success.  

He released his version of “Fast Car” in July 2023, and it topped Billboard's Country Music charts.  

“I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I'm honored to be there,” Chapman told Billboard. “I'm happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have discovered and loved ‘Fast Car.'”  

Combs' version of the song earned $500,000 in global publishing royalties, mostly to Chapman, who holds “Fast Car” writer and publisher rights. Combs also boosted the original song's streaming performance by 44%, per Billboard.  

First Black woman composer to top Country Airplay since 1990 was Chapman. The 1988 Elektra release of her eponymous debut album included the song. She also topped the Billboard 200, establishing her as a music powerhouse.  

Chapman won three Grammys in 1989. She won best new artist, best modern folk album, and best female pop vocal performance for “Fast Car” from her debut album. According to Billboard, “Fast Car” was nominated for record and song of the year, and Chapman's album was nominated for album.  

In February 2024, Chapman and Combs performed “Fast Car” at the Grammys.  

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