Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs Duet ‘Quick Automotive’ at Grammys

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By Calvin S. Nelson

Tracy Chapman at all times knew she “might be somebody.” However may the folks singer have predicted in 1988, the yr she launched “Quick Automotive,” that she would carry out her now-iconic tune alongside nation artist Luke Combs on the 66th Grammy Awards?

The 2 singers, although hailing from completely different generations and musical genres, took the stage collectively on Feb. 4 for a duet rendition of the tune that has generated large success for each of them. Many years after its preliminary launch, “Quick Automotive” re-entered the charts when Combs’ cowl of the monitor, infused with a rustic sensibility, grew to become immensely in style in 2023.

Dressed all in black, Chapman kicked off her efficiency on the Grammys taking part in the long-lasting first few bars on her guitar, sparking voracious cheers from the star-studded viewers which included Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. Chapman and Combs bounced forwards and backwards sharing the highlight and however sang collectively in stunning concord for the refrain. After they completed, the group leapt to their ft in a thunderous applause. Oprah raised her fingers cheering and host Trevor Noah raced to the stage to once more pay tribute to Chapman. “The legendary Tracy Chapman, everyone,” Noah stated, “Thanks a lot for that! Thanks a lot for that.”

Earlier than the efficiency, Combs spoke about Chapman’s legacy in a video centered across the tune. “Tracy Chapman is such an icon, and one of many best artists that I believe any of us can be alongside to see,” the nation singer stated. “It’s a full circle second for me. Simply to be related along with her and any method is tremendous humbling for me.”

The beloved tune is thought for its delicate acoustic guitar melody and substantive lyrics meditating on familial strife, poverty and desires of making a greater life alongside a liked one.

Combs’ cowl reached primary on Billboard Scorching Nation Songs and received the CMA Award for tune of the yr — marking the primary time a Black girl acquired that honor. Per Selection’s Hitmakers listing, “Quick Automotive” was the fifth greatest tune within the U.S. in 2023. Former president Barack Obama included Combs’ rendition on his summer time 2023 playlist.

It was beforehand introduced by the Recording Academy that Combs would take the stage on the Grammys, however Selection later broke the information that Chapman would be part of him.

Chapman hasn’t carried out publicly in a number of years, making this a landmark look for the singer-songwriter. “Quick Automotive,” nonetheless, is not any stranger to the distinguished awards ceremony. Chapman received the Grammy for greatest feminine pop vocal efficiency in 1989 for her hit, along with being nominated for file of the yr and tune of the yr.

The 66th Grammys have been held at Los Angeles’ Enviornment, and have been hosted by Trevor Noah.

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