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Nashville's night of stars, the Country Music Association Awards, shimmered with historic moments and electric performances, as Tracy Chapman etched her name in the annals of the event with a landmark victory for her song “Fast Car”.
The 1988 classic, given new life in the hands of country music titan Luke Combs, garnered the Song of the Year accolade, crowning Tracy as the first Black woman to triumph in this esteemed category. Although not present at the awards, Tracy's heartfelt gratitude was shared through a statement, expressing profound honor for the continued journey and love her song has received, with a special nod to Luke Combs and the dedicated fans.
Luke Combs' rendition of “Fast Car” not only won Song of the Year but also took home the Single of the Year award, marking a night of double honors for the celebrated artist.
The CMAs were further electrified by Post Malone, who took the stage in an unexpected collaboration with Morgan Wallen and HARDY, paying homage to country legend Joe Diffie with a rousing rendition of “Pick Up Man.”
Emerging artist Jelly Roll, currently making waves across rock and country charts, seized the New Artist of the Year title, while the spotlight intensified as Lainey Wilson captured the coveted Entertainer of the Year award, a feat achieved by a woman for the first time since Taylor Swift in 2011.
Hosted by the charismatic duo of Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the CMA Awards telecast unfurled as a tapestry of talent, celebration, and history-making moments that will resonate in the heart of country music for years to come.
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