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Dolly Parton’s “Tough Conversation” With Miley Cyrus Gave Miley The Courage To Perform At The Grammys

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When Miley Cyrus was struggling to find the courage to perform at the 2024 Grammy Awards, Dolly Parton knew just what to say.

Miley visited My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman this week and chatted about her relationship with her iconic godmother, Dolly. During the conversation, Miley admitted that she considered not singing Flowers during this year’s Grammys ceremony. But Dolly stepped in with a pep talk.

The 31-year-old shared that Dolly Parton “isn’t afraid to have the tough conversations.” So Miley went to her for advice.

“A tough conversation I had with her: I told her, ‘I’m wondering if I’m going to do the Grammys or not.’ And she said, ‘Well, of course, you’re going to do the Grammys, and you’re not just going to show up but you’re going to show off,” Miley told David. “And you’re going to be everything that you are sitting right here in front of me.'”

Thanks To Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus Didn’t Miss Out On A Career Milestone

Dolly Parton went on to tell Miley Cyrus that she needed to glam up in her best hair, makeup, and dress because “it’s armor” for them. And she ensured her goddaughter went into the event being true to herself so she would give her most authentic performance.

“She’s always said this to me: ‘You do you, and I’ll do me, and together we’ll be us.’ So she wasn’t telling me to be Dolly, she wasn’t telling me to be fabulous and hide behind the sparkles and the hair. She was telling me to be me,” Miley continued.

Dolly’s support gave Miley the strength to perform during a milestone night for her career. Miley Cyrus ended up winning her first two Grammy’s at the 2024 ceremony— Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year.

This story’s featured image is by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy.

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