Rory Feek won his first Grammy on Sunday for Best Roots Gospel album, and he dedicated the win to his late wife Joey.


Feek’s album Sunday Hymn That Are Important To Us took home the prize, but had been released under the name Joey + Rory. This was Joey’s last completed work before his death in 2016, after a two-year battle with cervical cancer.

The album landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and Contemporary Christian chart, and No. 4 on the Top 200 Chart, making it the couple’s best album yet. It was comprised of Joey’s favorite hymns growing up.

“My wife’s dream was to make a hymns album, pretty much her whole life,” he said, during his acceptance speech. “She didn’t have a chance to do it until she had been diagnosed with stage four cancer, and so she sang her vocals in hotel rooms while she did chemo and radiation. It finally came out a year ago and we sat together in the final days and watched this awards ceremony last year,” he shared. “She said, ‘If we get nominated, promise me you will come.’ I said, ‘I will.’ And, she said with a smile, ‘Remember, if we win, I’ll know before you will.'”

“This is to my wife,” he concluded.

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