2024 GRAMMYs: Jay Z, Tracy Chapman and more

2024 GRAMMYs: Jay-Z Receives Dr. Dre Global Impact Award

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter became the second-ever recipient of the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award for his many achievements across a career that has spanned decades. Jay Z has been awarded 22 Grammys, with 88 nominations.

While accepting the Global Impact Award, he delivered a powerful speech that touched on hip-hop’s history, discussing its struggle to get recognized by the Academy and his own decision to boycott the show in 1998. He also thanked Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for opening up opportunities for himself and other East Coast Rap artists and encouraged artists to keep pushing. Jay Z also made a point to call-out the Recording Academy for snubbing Beyoncé – multiple times.

“You gotta keep showing up. Just keep showing up until they give you all those accolades you feel you deserve, until they call you genius, until they call you chairman, until they call you the greatest of all time. Feel me?”

The Dr. Dre Global Impact Award was first awarded at the 2023 GRAMMYs to its namesake, Dr. Dre. Revisit his speech here.

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform “Fast Car” during 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Multi-GRAMMY winner Tracy Chapman and country superstar Luke Combs collaborated for an unforgettable duet of “Fast Car” during tonight’s 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The performance represents a moment of confluence as it comes 35 years to the month since Chapman first performed “Fast Car” at the GRAMMYs and follows a year of unprecedented success for Combs with the song as it’s been introduced to a new audience, topped charts across genres, garnered millions of streams, won two awards at the 2023 CMA Awards (“Song of the Year” for Chapman and “Single of the Year” for Combs) and was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. A historic moment, the performance found Chapman reuniting with musicians from the song’s original recording—Denny Fongheiser (drums) and Larry Klein (bass)—as well as her longtime band members Larry Campbell (fiddle) and Joe Gore (guitar). The group was also joined by Combs’ band member Kurt Ozan (pedal steel). Written by Chapman and first released in 1988, “Fast Car” is one of music’s most influential and beloved songs. A genre-spanning hit, Combs first heard “Fast Car” as a child while listening with his father, and it has since become one of his favorite songs. A constant and meaningful presence in his life, Combs performed “Fast Car” during his live shows over the past decade before releasing his own version last spring, 35 years after the song first debuted.

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