At age 61, Tanya Tucker has won the first two Grammy Awards of her career, 48 years after her first hit at age 13.
Tucker won best country album Sunday during the pre-telecast ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles for “While I’m Livin’,” her first album of original material in 17 years.
She also won best country song for “Bring My Flowers Now,” which is also nominated for overall song of the year, to be presented during the main telecast later Sunday.
Tucker was a 13-year-old country child prodigy when her 1972 song “Delta Dawn” became a huge hit.
Her recordings became increasingly sparse through the years as she went through career and personal struggles, and last year’s “While I’m Livin'” represented the biggest of several comeback attempts.
Tucker has been nominated for Grammys 14 times.
Tucker is still very young compared to the winner of the other major country Grammy, 86-year-old Willie Nelson, who took home best country solo performance for “Ride Me Back Home.” It was Nelson’s ninth Grammy.