Country music legend Dolly Parton has thanked God after winning a Grammy award for the best contemporary Christian music performance/song.
The 9 To 5 and Jolene singer received the award with Christian rocker Zach Williams for their duet on the song There Was Jesus.
‘Thank you Jesus, thank you @zachwilliamsmusic, and thank you to the Grammys and all of our fans. I am very humbled but proud,’ Parton tweeted after receiving the award, her 10th Grammy after her 50th nomination.
Williams, who wrote the track with Casey Beathard and Jonathan Smith, also celebrated the award by praising God and thanking all of those who had worked on the track.
‘Humbled to have won ‘Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song’ for There Was Jesus today at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards,’ he wrote.
‘Thank you to @DollyParton and everybody who was involved in making this song. All glory, praise, and honor to Him!’
The track also provided Parton with her first Christian number one hit after it topped the Billboard Christian charts last September.
Williams said the song is about “looking back at 20 years ago when I had no idea that God was in the moment, that He was even with me through some of the hard things that have gone on in my life. Now I can see that He had His hand in everything I was doing.”
Parton previously opened up about her Christian faith and its impact on her music, crediting faith-based music as the antidote that has helped get her through the worrying times of the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing her peace and restoring her hope.
The Grammy award also comes as lawmakers in the US state of Tennessee are considering making Parton’s version of Amazing Grace the official state hymn.
In February, Tennessee State Rep. Mike Sparks and Sen. Raumesh Akbari introduced bills calling for Tennessee to ‘recognise songs of historic significance that have influenced the state’.
Amazing Grace was written by John Newton, a former slave ship captain who converted to Christianity and became an Anglican vicar and leading figure in the slave abolitionist movement.
Picture: Country star Dolly Parton won her 10th Grammy.