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Tracy Chapman became the first Black person to win Song of the Year at the 57th annual Country Music Awards in Nashville on Wednesday. Above, Chapman performs on NBC's "Today" show in 2005. Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press hide caption

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Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" takes a simple, Springsteenian plea for escape and uses it as a jumping-off point for a life's story. Sounds like a country song. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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Paramore's Brand New Eyes and Tracy Chapman's Tracy Chapman are featured in our Records That Changed Our Lives series. Photo Illustration by Estefania Mitre/NPR/Getty Images hide caption

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Records That Changed Our Lives: Finding hope in Tracy Chapman and 'Brand New Eyes'

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Tracy Chapman's debut album "was the music that I needed at a time when I felt pressure to know everything before it was taught," says writer and scholar Francesca T. Royster. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images; Courtesy of Elektra Records hide caption

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Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images; Courtesy of Elektra Records

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Lil Baby performs during a Juneteenth voter registration rally on June 19, 2020 at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Ga. One week earlier, he released "The Bigger Picture," a song protesting police brutality. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album was released on April 5, 1988. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Interview

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Clockwise from upper left: Sleigh Bells, Blood Orange, Mind Spiders, James Vincent McMorrow Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Sleigh Bells, Omar Souleyman, Blood Orange, More

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