Set up at an in-the-round style stage, the collaborators delivered a brief, but sentimental performance of the Grammy winning song. With Carlile helming the piano, Tucker took lead vocals, her signature husky voice casting a hush over the packed Staples Center. “Bring my flowers now, while I’m livin’/I won’t need your love when I’m gone/Don’t spend time, tears, or money on my old breathless body/If your heart is in them flowers, bring ‘em on,” Tucker sang, making for a poetic moment.
“The great Tanya Tucker,” Carlile marveled at performance’s end.
The twosome also presented the award for Best Comedy Album to Dave Chapelle’s Sticks & Stones.
“Bring My Flowers Now” won Best Country Song during the Grammys pre-telecast. The album it’s featured on, While I’m Livin,’ was named Best Country Album. Tucker and Carlile co-wrote the song with Carlile’s longtime band members and collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth. While I’m Livin’ was co-produced by Carlile and Shooter Jennings and serves as Tucker’s first album in 17 years.
Tucker has been nominated for a total of 14 Grammys since 1973, with 2020 marking the first time she’s won the award.