Tracy Chapman, first black songwriter to win CMA Song of the Year Award

On Wednesday, in Nashville in the United States, the 57th took placee edition of the Country Music ociation Awards. Broadcast live on ABC, the ceremony made history.

It’s a day that will go down in country music history. Yesterday, in the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (Tennessee, United States), the 59-year-old singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapmanwas awarded the Song of the Year Country Music ociation Awards.

More than thirty years after the release of Fast Car, it was its cover by artist Luke Combs, reaching second place in the weekly ranking of the most popular songs in the United States (Hot 100), which brought the original back to life. The title was then rewarded in these two versions, on the one hand for the original version by Tracy Chapman which won the best song of the year and on the other hand for the cover by Luke Combs which was awarded the best single of the year.

In 56 years, no black songwriter – man or woman – has won the song of the year award. Tracy Chapman is the first. She was not present during the ceremony but she still sent a message, read by presenter Sara Evans. These remarks are reported by the magazine Rolling Stone : “I’m sorry I couldn’t join you tonight. It is truly an honor for my song to be newly recognized after 35 years of its debut. Thanks to the CMAs and a special thanks to Luke (Combs) and to all Fast Car fans.”

Hosted by Luke Bryan (American singer) and Peyton Manning (former American football player), the ceremony rewarded: artist of the year – album of the year – female voice of the year – male voice of the year – group of year – duo of the year – new artist of the year – single of the year – song of the year – musical event of the year – music video of the year – musician of the year.

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