Joey + Rory win Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album almost a year after Joey Feek’s passing

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Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey + Rory attend the 44th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/WireImage)

Joey + Rory won the Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards, with their album “Hymns.” The Recording Academy made the announcement on Twitter, ahead of the broadcast of the award show.

The win is bittersweet. The album was the last the Joey and Rory Feek recorded together before Joey died of cancer at the age of 40 last March. She stopped treatments after learning it was terminal and spent her last days in her Hoosier hometown of Alexandria.

“My wife’s dream was to make a hymns album. She didn’t have the chance to do it until she’d been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, so she’d sing in hotel rooms while she did chemotherapy and radiation,” Rory Feek said at Sunday’s awards ceremony.

When the album was nominated he said his wife made him promise he’d attend the pre-telecast awards ceremony. He says she added with a big smile, “‘Remember, if we win, I’ll know before you will.'”