Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rory Feek gives emotional speech after Grammys win

However, the world fell in love with the couple after Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

During his time on the program, Rory also discussed his new book, This Life I Live, which was released today, February 14th.

Rory Feek won his first Grammy on Sunday for Best Roots Gospel album, and he dedicated the win to his late wife Joey. The widower recalled a promise he made to Joey while watching the 2016 Grammy Awards - one of the final things they did together before she died - to attend the 2017 awards show if they were nominated. When she started working on seventh album Hymns, "she was sick and going through treatment, (but) we completely believed she was going to be OK", Rory, 51, told reporters Sunday afternoon. "And, she's just precious", the Tennessee-based musician told ET of Indiana. So, she sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation. In early October, we even did a TV taping of the songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience. "We were different. She didn't want to be a mother, and I had two little girls that I was raising on my own".

Oftentimes, the GRAMMY pre-telecast has moments that are as moving as those in the televised ceremony, and that was certainly true tonight. The deeply religious country music singer fought back tears as he spoke about his wife and her determination to finish the album.

"It finally came out a year ago nearly exactly, and we sat together in the final days and watched this awards ceremony last year", Rory - who welcomed daughter in, 2, with Joey in February 2014 - added. "We knew it would be special for us, but I don't think we had any idea of how special it would be for other people and where it would lead".

"This is to my wife", he said.

The Washington Post reported that Rory accepted the award saying "This is to my wife, thank you so much".

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. She's going to be part of it.

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