Tanya Tucker

Almost 50 years after her debut on the Country Music scene, Tanya Tucker has finally won a Grammy. That award eluded her for decades but that’s not the the only thing. Marriage did, too. In a straightforward interview, the well-loved singer explains why she never tied the knot.

Tanya Tucker’s First Grammy Win

Tucker had received 14 Grammy nominations over the course of her storied career. But it wasn’t until 2020 that she won the coveted prize. Actually, the 61-year-old singer won two of them. She scored Grammys for best country song for “Bring My Flowers Now” (video below) and best country album for “While I’m Livin’.” This is Tanya’s first album in 19 years.

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Tanya Tucker And Glen Campbell

Tucker was first nominated for a Grammy 47 years ago for her debut song “Delta Dawn.” Despite being nominated multiple times, it took quite a while to seal the deal.

The same can be said about marriage. She has been engaged before but never walked down the aisle. She has been tied to legendary Country singers Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. But, nothing more came of it, except for a broken engagement to Campbell.

Tanya Tucker sat down for an interview in 2016 to explain why this never happened. While the details were many, it comes down to one big reason – fear.

I’ve always been afraid of getting married because so many people divorced. And I thought, I wanted to have children and I wanted to have the picket fence, but it just didn’t work out for me.“

Despite never getting married, Tucker has three children, so she did attain her goal of becoming a mother. She relishes her role as a mom.

“I wanted my children,” Tucker said. “They were all planned and prayed for. I’ve got three of the best kids in the world.”

Tucker didn’t want to get into a marriage only to have it fail. She thinks it’s a great institution and she only wants to get married once.

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“I have nothing against marriage,” she said in a previous interview. “It’s the opposite. I think it’s very sacred, and I don’t want to do it but one time.”

The One

While she reports in the interview below that she would love to marry actor Kevin Costner, there is now possibly a future husband for Tanya. She has been dating singer-songwriter Craig Dillingham for a while and she believes he is the love that has alluded her all these decades.

“If it ain’t him, I’m done,” Tucker says.

Ironically, the couple first met at a radio station when they were just 13 years old. While Tanya has a sketchy memory of their meeting, Craig does not. He never forgot their initial meeting as young teens.

“Craig’s always loved me, always,” the Grammy award winner reports. “I mean, he’s never not loved me.”

LeeAnn Womack gets credit for getting this couple together. In July 2019, Womack and her husband invited Craig to a show where she was performing with Tanya. Sparks flew and the rest might just be part of Country music history.

Tanya’s 2016 interview, in which she discusses marriage can be seen below.

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