Emotional first Grammy win for Rory Feek

  • Emotional first Grammy win for Rory Feek

Emotional first Grammy win for Rory Feek

Joey died last year at age 40 after a almost two-year battle with cervical cancer, leaving behind three young children.

Not only did Rory Feek honor his promise to his late wife Joey by attending the 2017 Grammys, the country singer took home an award for best gospel roots album.

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

When the album was nominated he said his wife made him promise he'd attend the pre-telecast awards ceremony. "She didn't have a chance to do it until she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and so she sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation".

"This is to my wife", he said.

Now, the husband and wife have a Grammy to show just how special those moments were for not only them but for fans and the music community as well.

Last year, Joey and Rory received a nod for Best Country Dup/Group for their song "If I Needed You". And it finally came out a year ago nearly exactly, and we sat together in the final days and watched this awards ceremony last year and she said, if we get nominated, promise me you will come.

The pair share a daughter IN together who is turns three on Friday.

During a Tuesday morning visit to TODAY, the recent Grammy victor explained the simple reason for that: "I think it's because she's so present in my life".

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. Joey's mother is with her, and also my daughters. "She turns 3 this Friday. So, it's a big week for us", he told ET Online. "Joey's family is coming down to our farm in Tennessee, and we're gonna have a birthday party". Marking their seventh and final album together, the importance toward the award was even more meaningful for Feek and the passion he has for his late wife.