Tracy Chapman Scheduled To Receive The 2024 International Folk Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2024 International Folk Music Awards on February 21, Tracy Chapman, whose 1988 song “Fast Car” became a mainstream and country smash for Luke Combs in 2023, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. On the opening day of the Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference, the awards ceremony takes place.

In its 36th year, the event will take place at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, from February 21 to 25. The late Víctor Jara, a Chilean songwriter and activist, and McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California, which has been holding performances in Southern California for more than 50 years, are the other recipients of lifetime achievement awards.

Due to country musician Luke Combs’ massive hit cover of “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman has seen a rebirth in interest and fame. Chapman became the first Black woman to have a single songwriting credit on a No. 1 country hit.

“Fast Car” won a CMA Award for Song of the Year on November 8, over 35 years after the Grammy-winning original song was released. Combs took home the Single of the Year award for his hit cover rendition of the song.

Although Chapman did not attend the awards ceremony, she expressed in a statement how honored she was that her song had received new recognition 35 years after it was first released. In addition, Chapman received publishing royalties from the song worth almost $500,000 in a matter of months after Combs’ cover was released.

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