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Lainey Wilson, Chris Stapleton Win Big At 2024 Grammy Awards

Luke Combs wowed Sunday night's Grammy Awards audience with a Tracy Chapman duet on "Fast Car"

Chris Stapleton might have been country music’s most-winning singer during Sunday night’s 2024 Grammy Awards – but Luke Combs and Lainey Wilson received the most screen time during the telecast on CBS.

Stapleton’s “White Horse” won trophies for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song during the Grammy’s pre-telecast. Stapleton wasn’t present to accept the awards.

Lainey Wilson and her “Bell Bottom Country” earned Best Country Album during the televised portion of the show.

“This is absolutely wild, y’all,” Wilson said from the stage. “I am from a farming community in North East Louisiana, a little town of 200 people. I’m a fifth-generation farmer’s daughter, and I would consider myself a farmer, too. And everybody that I surround myself with, I think they’re farmers, too – they’re story farmers. It’s about getting up every single day and planting those seeds and watering them and watching them grow. Sometimes, when you find the right farming community, you can have the harvest of a lifetime. I truly believe that, and I think that’s exactly what this is tonight.”

Combs won one of the evening’s most significant standing ovations with his emotional performance of his multi-week No. 1 hit of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 “Fast Car” alongside a teary-eyed Chapman. The performance marks the first time Chapman has sung on television in nine years. Combs, carefully groomed and impeccably dressed in a dark suit, looked at Chapman with undeniable admiration as she started the song. The pair took turns singing before their voices came together on the last chorus. Taylor Swift, who made headlines Sunday night simultaneously winning Best Pop Vocal Album with “Midnights” and announcing her new album “The Tortured Poets Department” would be out April 19, was on her feet singing along as were The War And Treaty who pumped their fists in the air.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs perform onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Swift made history at the end of the show when she won an unprecedented fourth Grammy for Album of the Year when her “Midnights” took the evening’s last trophy.

Brandy Clark picked up one of the day’s first. She performed her “Dear Insecurity” on the Grammy’s pre-telecast and, along with her producer and duet partner Brandi Carlile, took the award for Best Americana Performance with the song.

“I want to thank my mom for always believing in me, whatever my crazy dreams have been,” Clark said. “Mostly, I want to thank Brandi Carlile for making this record with me and … championing so many of us.”

Other country or country-adjacent winners during the untelevised pre-telecast include Kacey Musgraves and Zach Bryan, who took the trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with “I Remember Everything.” Jason Isbell won Best American Roots Song (“Cast Iron Skillet”) and Best Americana Album for “Weathervanes.”

“Folsom Prison Blues” with John Carter Cash, Tommy Emmanuel, Markus Illko, Janet Robin and Roberto Luis Rodriguez, arrangers (The String Revolution featuring Tommy Emmanuel) won Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. 

Molly Tuttle’s “City of Gold” was named Best Bluegrass Album.

Country/Country adjacent winners at the 2024 Grammy Awards:

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

“Bell Bottom Country,” Lainey Wilson

BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE

“White Horse,” Chris Stapleton

BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

“I Remember Everything,” Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves

BEST COUNTRY SONG

“White Horse,” Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM

“Bell Bottom Country,” Lainey Wilson

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

“Eve Was Black,” Allison Russell

BEST AMERICANA PERFORMANCE

“Dear Insecurity,” Brandy Clark featuring Brandi Carlile

BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

“Cast Iron Skillet,” Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

“Weathervanes,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

“City of Gold,” Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

BEST ARRANGEMENT, INSTRUMENTAL OR A CAPPELLA

“Folsom Prison Blues,” John Carter Cash, Tommy Emmanuel, Markus Illko, Janet Robin and Roberto Luis Rodriguez, arrangers (The String Revolution featuring Tommy Emmanuel)

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