Joey Feek and her husband Rory Feek didn’t win the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo. However, that doesn’t mean they were left empty handed.
On Tuesday, February 16, Rory, the second half of the duo Joey+Rory, shared a photo of a medal they received for being a Grammy nominee on their Instagram page. The gold medal was complete with a green ribbon and a picture of the iconic gramophone. Rory simply captioned the photo by saying, “… more than enough.”
Joey and Rory were nominated for Best Vocal Duo for their version of the song “If I Needed You.” They faced stiff competition as they were up against Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer”; Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay’s “The Driver”; and Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe’s “Lonely Tonight.” Ultimately, they lost to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”
Joey and Rory said they never expected to win the award, and they were honored to even receive a nomination. However, the couple sent Rory’s two daughters from his previous marriage — Heidi and Hopie Feek — along with their manager Aaron Carnahan, to attend the ceremony in their place.
“They’ll be staying with the Welk’s – our good friends on the coast that we made all of our early albums with – and attending all the events that we would’ve loved to have been there for,” Rory wrote in a post on his blog This Life I Live. “Representing us. Seeing and even meeting some of their musical heroes and having a wonderful time I hope. And raising a glass and toasting to their mom and dad and this extraordinary, ordinary life we are all living.”
Joey Feek encouraged her husband to attend the award show without her, and even secretly purchased him a plane ticket to Los Angeles. However, Rory opted to stay home with his ailing wife to watch the ceremony with her in the comfort of their home.
“Joey tried to talk me into going with them… many, many times,” Rory continued. “She even had a Southwest ticket purchased for me that I cancelled. I can’t leave her. I won’t. I have done many foolish things and made lots of mistakes in my life, but this isn’t going to be one of them. Instead, I will be sitting beside her and cheering on Little Big Town, and Blake Shelton and Charles and all the talented folks who are nominated in our category and others. It’s an honor for us to just be a part of that night, it truly is.”
This week has already been a big one for the Feeks. On Friday, January 12, Joey and Rory’s final album Joey+Rory: Hymns That Are Important To Us was released in Cracker Barrel stores across the country. On Sunday, February 14, the couple celebrated what will likely be their last Valentine’s Day together. Then there were the Grammy Awards that they have been anticipating since they found out about their nomination last month, and finally, their daughter Indiana (“Indy” for short) will be turning two tomorrow.
“Our plan is to put streamers up around Joey’s bed and move Indiana’s high-chair in beside her, so Joey can be part of it,” Rory wrote, detailing the plans for Indy’s second birthday party. “So she can watch our little-one eat her cupcake and rip the wrapping paper off her gifts. But Joey is very fragile right now, and so with all of these plans we have, we will need to adjust for what my wife needs.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2014. In October 2015, she opted to stop treatment and entered hospice care to live out the remainder of her days at home with her family.
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