Dolly Parton and For King & Country have won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance / Song at the 2020 Grammy Awards for their song "God Only Knows."
In 2019, the Australian duo remixed their song to feature Parton after several previous renditions with Timbaland and Echosmith. The track, written by the duo's Joel and Luke Smallbone with Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, and Tedd Tjornhorn, speaks to anyone going through a rough time.
Parton was not present during the Grammy's Premiere Ceremony to accept this award, but the duo took the stage to show their appreciation. To start, they thanked everyone for their donations and prayers for their home country of Australia, which recently suffered devastating fires. They then continued on to explain a bit more detail on the Grammy-winning song and where the inspiration came from.
"When we stepped in to write this song, we were all walking through really hard moments. As many of you writers know, when that happens you tend to put something on paper so you can reach out to people who are going through the same circumstances," Joel explained.
"To dear Dolly Parton, who is an incredible human being, it's one of the great moments of our career to collaborate with her and her team," he continued. "I talked to her manager's sons in Sunday school, they were kind enough to reach out to her and play her the song. But she said something on a call, she said, 'I love this song because it's reaching to the marginalized, to the depressed, to the suicidal, which is all of us at some point.'"
He adds, "And then she said this, in her Dolly accent, 'I want to take this song from Dollywood to Hollywood to Bollywood,' and we did it."
The 2020 Grammy Awards air live on CBS at 8PM ET.
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