Joey + Rory win Grammy for best gospel roots album

Rory Lee Feek, of Joey + Rory, poses in the press room with the award for best roots gospel album for "Hymns" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES, CA. (AP) – Joey + Rory took the Grammy Award for best gospel roots album, a bittersweet honor after last year’s death of Joey Feek.

Feek and her husband, Rory, won for “Hymns,” an album they recorded shortly before she died last March at age 40.

“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.'”

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