Miley Cyrus reminisced about a “tough conversation” with Dolly Parton, where the legendary singer encouraged her to perform at the 2024 Grammys.

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In a recent interview, Miley Cyrus shared, “She’s always said this to me: ‘You do you, and I’ll do me, and together we’ll be us.'”

Miley Cyrus revealed on a recent episode of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman that her show-stopping performance of “Flowers” at the 2024 Grammy Awards might not have happened without a little encouragement from Dolly Parton.

Opening up about her close bond with the 78-year-old country icon, Cyrus, 31, shared, “I don’t remember our first meeting, I was so young. My dad and her worked together in the ‘90s. They had music together and I think my dad even toured with her.”

Parton serves as Cyrus’ godmother — a role she also played on Hannah Montana, a show that Cyrus considers instrumental in shaping her identity. The “Party in the U.S.A.” musician acknowledged that the character of Hannah Montana influenced her deeply.

“At the time, I didn’t really know the difference between myself and Hannah Montana. Parts of me are that character, including a little bit of my relationship with Dolly,” Cyrus reflected.

“Hannah Montana is known for wearing a blonde wig and having this dual persona where she lives a regular life by day and a superstar life at night,” she continued. “I’ve come to realize that’s something Dolly has been doing almost her entire life.”

“Now, she’s always in the wig and she’s always in the Dolly,” added Cyrus. “It’s not about the external performance of her creating the character.”

When asked to share something surprising about Parton, the Grammy winner revealed, “She really eats Dollywood food often — like, if she asks me what I want for lunch, it’s from there.”

Offering a deeper insight while respecting their close bond, Cyrus shared that Parton “isn’t afraid to have the tough conversations,” emphasizing the honesty and depth of their relationship.

Reflecting on her performance of “Flowers” at the 2024 Grammy Awards, where she won her first two Grammys, Miley Cyrus shared a poignant moment with her godmother Dolly Parton:

“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. And you’re going to be everything that you are sitting right here in front of me,'” Cyrus recalled.

She continued, “And she said, ‘And don’t forget about the beauty. The hair, the makeup, the whole show. It’s armor for us.’ 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.”

This advice from Parton resonated deeply with Cyrus, affirming her authenticity and empowering her to embrace herself fully on stage.