Tracy Chapman becomes first Black woman to win CMA Award 35 years after 'Fast Car' debut
"I'm sorry I couldn't join you all tonight," Chapman wrote in a pre-written note read by Sara Evans. I'm honored that my music is now acknowledged 35 years after its release. Many gratitude to the CMAs, Luke (Combs), and 'Fast Car' fans."
"Fast Car," released in 1988, competed with "Heart Like A Truck," "Next Thing You Know," "Tennessee Orange," and "Wait in the Truck" for Song of the Year. Single of the Year went to Luke Combs, whose cover helped the song ascend the charts earlier this year.
"I never expected to find myself on the country charts, but I'm honored to be there," Chapman told Billboard in July when her song topped the Country Airplay list.
"Tracy Chapman wrote this perfect song that I first heard with my dad and it has stayed with me since," Combs told Billboard in July.
This song touches everyone in these stadiums, and they sing along. "Supernatural songwriters have that gift," Combs added. "My cover's success is unreal, and I love that Tracy is becoming recognized and reaching new goals.
Combs' 2023 album "Gettin' Old," featuring a countryized version of the song, topped Billboard's country radio list.
The legendary lyrics of Chapman and Combs have given "Fast Car" a new life. With rural grit, Combs sings, "Is your automobile fast enough to fly away? Choose to leave tonight or live and die this way."