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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Rory Feek fulfills promise to wife Joey by attending 2017 Grammy Awards


It was a bittersweet moment for Rory Feek after the death of his wife and duet partner Joey previous year.

The country-bluegrass singer took home best roots gospel album Sunday for Hymns That Are Important To Us, his last album with late wife Joey of musical duo Joey + Rory.

They were nominated previous year for best country duo/group performance for their song "If I Needed You", according to Taste of Country.

Rory Feek told Fox News before the awards it "doesn't mean anything to me if we win or we don't".

Hymns was the couple's seventh and final album, released on February 12, 2016.

"My wife, for her to be so positive to the very end, even with a 2-year-old playing on the floor ― if she can be positive, I have nothing to be upset about", Rory said.

According to the Washington Post, Rory gave an emotional acceptance speech during the non-televised pre-show ceremony. She passed away at age 40 in March of past year. So, she sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation. "And then she said, with a big smile on her face, she said remember, I will know before you will". In October 2015, Joey shared the news that her cancer was terminal, and that she had chose to stop treatment.

"I think it's because she's so present in my life", Rory said about why he sometimes referred to Joey in the present tense in the book. However, the world fell in love with the couple after Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer. "This one will be special, too, because she'll be with me and we'll be sharing more of our story and she would love that".

In his blog, Rory also writes about reading to IN, who was named after Rory's two favorite Indiana-based films "Hoosiers" and "Rudy", or playing with her IN the snow.

Rory's work, set to release on Valentine's Day, will detail the Feek's relationship and their journey to faith.

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