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Joey and Rory Feek prepare for Grammys tonight amid cancer battle

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4 Fast Facts

  • Joey + Rory are a county music duo from Alexandria, Indiana.
  • Joey Feek was diagnosed with cancer in October 2014.
  • The couple revealed Joey’s cancer is terminal in October 2015.
  • They are nominated for the first Grammy award tonight for their song “If I Needed You.”

Update: Joey + Rory did not win a Grammy; the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance went to Little Big Town for their song “Girl Crush.”

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (February 15, 2016) – It’s a big day for county music duo Joey and Rory Feek. Yesterday, the couple celebrated their last Valentine’s Day together, and tonight they will watch the Grammys. The artists’ version of the song “If I Needed You” is nominated for a Grammy award for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

The news of the nomination came just a few months after the pair revealed Joey’s cancer is terminal and they stopped treatment.

Joey made it her goal to live to see the ceremony. And she has done just that! But unfortunately, she is not well enough to travel to Los Angeles for the show. According to the couples’ blog “This Life I Live,” Joey bought Rory a plane ticket to Los Angeles, but Rory is refusing to leave his wife behind.

“Joey tried to talk me into going with them… many, many times.  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,” Rory wrote.

Instead, the couple will watch the show with Joey’s mother, father, her three sisters, and their kids gathered around Joey’s bed. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS4 Indy tonight at 8 p.m.

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