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Country music legend Tanya Tucker picked up her first two wins at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tucker’s 2019 album, While I’m Livin’, won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and Bring My Flowers Now from that same album won Tucker a shared songwriting Grammy for Best Country Song.
“After 50 years in this business, I have a few firsts left,” said Tucker in a speech. “I can’t believe it.” Tucker took the first win alongside co-writer Brandi Carlile, who said sharing the Grammy with Tucker is a “great honor of my life.” “No matter how old you are, never stop following your dreams,” said Tucker.
Tucker was first nominated for a Grammy in 1973 for her breakout hit “Delta Dawn.” Prior to this year, she’d been nominated 10 times, but hadn’t won an award. Her last nominations came in 1994. “While I’m Livin’,” which generated three nominations in all this year, was her first album of new studio material in 19 years. Carlile said she had asked Tucker why she stopped, and Tucker said that it was because she was grieving the death of her parents, and “couldn’t do it anymore.”
Tanya Denise Tucker is an American country music artist who at age 13 had her first hit, “Delta Dawn”, in 1972. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of top-10 and top-40 hits. She has had several successful albums, several Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs including:
- What’s Your Mama’s Name? and Blood Red and Goin’ Down, 1973
- Lizzie and the Rainman, 1975
- Strong Enough to Bend, 1988
- Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, 1992
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