There wasn’t a dry eye in the home when Tracy Chapman carried out her hit track, Quick Automotive, on the 2024 Grammy Awards.
The music legend took to the stage with nation music star Luke Combs, who did a canopy of the basic 1988 track final 12 months that shot straight to primary on the nation charts and put the reclusive Chapman again on the map.
This was the 59-year-old’s triumphant return to the massive stage, 15 years after she give up touring in 2009. Since then, she has solely carried out in public a handful of instances and solely made three televised performances within the final 10 years.
However she seemed proper at dwelling on the Grammys, held on the Crypto.com Area in LA, as she strummed her acoustic guitar, delighting the star-studded viewers which included Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Lionel Richie and extra.
Audiences at dwelling additionally welcomed Chapman’s return, with X flooded with messages praising the singer-songwriter.
In 2020, Chapman made a shock look on Late Evening with Seth Myers, on which she carried out an acoustic model of her 1988 single Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution.
Previous to that, she appeared on Late Present with David Letterman in 2015, delivering a wide ranging rendition of the Ben E. King basic Stand By Me whereas selling her Biggest Hits compilation album.
That very same 12 months whereas on the promo path for that album, Chapman defined why she by no means acquired used to residing her life within the highlight.
“Being within the public eye and underneath the glare of the highlight was, and it nonetheless is, to some extent, uncomfortable for me, however there are some methods by which every thing that has occurred in my life has ready me for this profession. However I’m a bit shy,” she instructed the Irish Instances.
“I’ve this persona that could be a bit on the reserved aspect, and which had by no means actually sought out the limelight. That has made me maybe not the perfect particular person for this job.”
Chapman’s ultra-rare look on the Grammys comes off the again of her making historical past final 12 months as the primary black girl to win Nation Music Affiliation Award (CMAs) for Music of the Yr.
When Combs re-released Quick Automotive final 12 months, it went straight to primary on the Billboard Sizzling Nation Songs and Nation Airplay charts. No marvel it was additionally named Single of the Yr on the CMAs.
No surprises Chapman didn’t attend the Billboards ceremony, however presenter Sara Evans learn out a press release on her behalf.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t be part of you all tonight. It’s really an honour for my track to be newly recognised after 35 years of its debut,” Chapman wrote, thanking Combs and “all the followers of Quick Automotive”.
In his speech, Combs thanked the Give Me One Motive singer “for writing among the finest songs of all time”.
“I simply recorded it as a result of I cherished the track. It’s the primary favorite track that I ever had, at 4 years outdated,” he instructed the viewers.
One other legendary singer who stunned and delighted the Grammys crowd – each within the area and at dwelling – was Joni Mitchell.
For the primary time ever, the Huge Yellow Taxi singer carried out on the Grammys stage, singing her hit Each Sides Now with good friend and collaborator Brandi Carlile, whereas accompanied by Jacob Collier, Allison Russell, Sista Strings, Lucius and Blake Mills.
Mitchell, 80, rocked her signature braids for the efficiency whereas remaining seated all through.
Mitchell has received 10 Grammys in complete, and at this 12 months’s awards she additionally received the Finest People Album class for her 2023 launch Joni Mitchell At Newport.
Mitchell and Chapman have been amongst people who carried out at this 12 months’s Grammys, among the many likes of Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa and U2.