The world followed along two years ago when country singer Joey Feek fought her battle with terminal cancer. Her husband and duo partner, Rory Feek, chronicled her final months on his blog. Before Joey passed away in March 2016, the two of them recorded a gospel album, “Hymns That Are Important to Us.”
On Sunday, the album won best roots gospel album at the Grammy Awards, the deeply religious duo’s first win; they were nominated last year for best country duo/group performance for “If I Needed You.”
During the non-televised pre-show ceremony, Rory fought back tears as he talked about how Joey’s dream was to record an album of her favorite hymns.
“She sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation and it finally came out a year ago, almost exactly,” Rory said, his voice shaking. “And we sat together in the final days and watched this award ceremony last year — and she said, ‘If we get nominated, promise me you will come.’ And I said ‘I will.'”
Rory said that hearing that, Joey got a big smile on her face and said, “If we win, I’ll know before you will.”
“This is to my wife,” he said. “Thank you so much.”