Stagecoach 2020: Tanya Tucker (Finally) Gets Grammy Glory
WHO: Tanya Tucker, Lil Nas X, Diplo, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, ZZ Top, Alan Jackson, Bryan Adams, et al.
WHERE: Empire Polo Club, Indio, Calif.
WHEN: April 24-26, 2020
It only took a half-century for the Recording Academy to catch on.
After 25 studio albums, 14 nominations and a jukebox-full of hit songs, Tanya Tucker, the country music icon The King himself once dubbed the ‘Female Elvis,’ finally got some Grammy love. The Texan took home top honors for Best Country Album (While I’m Livin’) and Best Country Song (“Bring My Flowers Now”) at the 62nd Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 in LA.
Tucker, 61, is no stranger to trophy-winning success. She was named Top New Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards all the way back in 1972, when, as a wide-eyed 13-year-old, she scored a Top-10 hit with “Delta Dawn.” She was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1991. In 2002, CMT listed Tucker among the ‘40 Greatest Women of Country Music.’ But these are the first Grammys of her illustrious career.
Co-produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings (son of the late outlaw country star Waylon Jennings), 2019’s While I’m Livin’ was Tucker’s first album in a decade. The single “Bring My Flowers Now” — also nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Song of the Year — helped catapult the record across the genre spectrum, with Rolling Stone even including it among its Top 50 albums of the year at No. 24.
“I’m so honored. There’s no words to express how I feel right now,” Tucker confided. “After 50 years in this business, I have a few firsts left.”
Country music fans will have an opportunity to catch Tucker live at the April 24-26 Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., where the lineup will feature a few other Grammy winners. The crossover collab “Old Town Road,” by Lis Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, took home the top prize for both Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video. (If you missed their epic performance with K-pop sensation BTS at the Grammys, see it here.) Dan + Shay’s “Speechless” was named Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
All of the above artists can be seen at the Empire Polo Club in April. See below to find out who else is part of California’s premier country music festival in 2020:
Stagecoach 2020 Lineup
Fri., April 24
Thomas Rhett • Billy Ray Cyrus • Brett Young • Dustin Lynch • Hardy • Ingrid Andress • Lil Nas X • Mitchell Tenpenny • Morgan Wallen • Nikki Lane • Paul Cauthen • Raelynn • Seaforth • The Last Bandoleros • Whitney Rose • Willie Jones
Sat., April 25
Carrie Underwood • Caylee Hammack • Courtney Marie Andrews • Dan + Shay • Jade Jackson • Jimmie Allen • Locash • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives • Midland • Orville Peck • Payton Smith • Ryan Bingham • Tanya Tucker • Teddy Robb • Temecula Road • Tenille Townes • ZZ Top
Sun., April 26
Eric Church • Alan Jackson • Brandon Ratcliff • Bryan Adams • Chris Lane • Desure • Diplo • Gabby Barrett • Hailey Whitters • Hayes Carll • Jon Pardi • Laci Kay Booth • Neal McCoy • Niko Moon • Pam Tillis • Riley Green • Shenandoah • The Haden Triplets