Rory Feek is emotional about CMA nomination with late wife, Joey Feek

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Rory Feek's nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards on November 2 is bittersweet and yet means more to him than it ever has before.

Feek, who was married to his musical partner Joey Martin Feek and one part of the country group Joey + Rory, was emotional as he opened up about the nomination following his wife's passing in March.

"It always means a lot to be nominated with your peers, but this year in particular because just having my wife's name and our music continue to be lifted up in the country music community means so much to me."

Rory said he hasn't even had a chance to think about what he'd say if he won the award on Wednesday because he was just so happy to be nominated, but he may jot down some notes just in case. The 51-year-old singer said he was bringing his late wife's parents to the CMA Awards and he's excited to share their words with so many people, as well.

"They are wonderful people," he continued.

PHOTOS: Joey and Rory performing together

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musicians Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey & Rory arrives at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Musicians Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek attend The ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 07: Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek perform at Las Vegas Convention Center on December 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 24: Joey Feek (L) and Rory Feek of Joey + Rory perform as part of the Stagecoach Music Festival at the Empire Polo Fields on April 24, 2010 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey and Rory attend the 'Country Strong' premiere at Green Hills Cinema on November 8, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 17: Musicians Rory Feek (L) and Joey Martin of Joey + Rory perform onstage at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards concerts at the Fremont Street Experience during the on April 17, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 18: Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek (R) of singer/Songwriter duo Joey + Rory perform at the 17th Annual Country Thunder USA music festival on July 18, 2009 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: (L-R) Singer Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek attend the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Singer Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek of Joey + Rory perform on stage during the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 04: Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey & Rory pose Backstage Creations at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Day 1 on April 4, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 06: Joey Martin (L) and Rory Feek of Joey + Rory perform during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACMA)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 07: Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek perform at Las Vegas Convention Center on December 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: (L-R): Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek attend the 60th annual BMI Country awards at BMI on October 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 31: Joey Martin Feek of the musical duo Joey + Rory performs onstage at the ACM Experience at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on March 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 31: (L-R) Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of musical duo Joey + Rory perform onstage at the ACM Experience at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on March 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Musicians Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek attend The ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey and Rory attend the 2011 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place on November 7, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 28: Joey + Rory are Joey Martin Feek, Rory Feek accept 'Vocal Duo of the Year' at The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CCMA)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 28: Joey + Rory are Joey Martin Feek, Rory Feek perform at The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 28, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CCMA)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Musicians Joey Martin Feek (L) and Rory Lee Feek of Joey + Rory arrive at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: 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 Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 16: Joey Martin Feek of Joey + Rory attends the 58th Annual BMI Country Music Awards at BMI on November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for BMI)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: 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 Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek of Joey + Rory attend the 58th Annual BMI Country Music Awards at BMI on November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek of Joey and Rory attends the 'Country Strong' premiere at Green Hills Cinema on November 8, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/FilmMagic)
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It's been a whirlwind year for Rory as he continues on without his wife and raises their 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down Syndrome.

"I don't know where I was, honestly, when I heard about the nomination. That's just the way life has kinda been. More than likely I was giving the baby a bath, or feeing her oatmeal or something exciting -- I was on a tour of the second drawer of her dresser. It's kinda in the midst of her life," he explained.

Joey and Rory touched so many people this year with their music, but by also sharing Joey's brave battle against cancer over the past two years before she passed away on March 4, 2016. He said the support from the country music community and their fans around the world has been incredible.

"It's been amazing to be going through all that we went through and to have that many people praying for my wife, and caring for us, it's been really special. You guys have continued to take my story and share it, and that means a lot because it helps people see it and that's nice and I want to be an encouragement. And we're all gonna face it, either ourselves or the people we love, it's kinda important."

As for plans after the CMA Awards, Rory says he's just taking it one day at a time. "I don't know what I want to do in the future. I know there's a book coming out. I have no big plans -- so we'll see where God leads us."

PHOTOS: A look back at Joey Feek's brave battle

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...some birthdays are more than just birthdays. They're dreams coming true and prayers being answered.
...our oldest daughter Heidi by her mama's side last night. Holding on and letting go.
when a mother can't get to the kitchen, but wants so much to help make her family dinner... you bring the kitchen to mama.
...happy Valentine's Day my love
...happy Valentine's Day mama
Piggy-tail french braids.... Indy getting her hair done by her Aunts for Grammy watching w her mama and papa tonight (if it's not past her bedtime).
....some baby puppies came to play with Indy the other day, but I think her mama loved their visit the most.
...Indy's first day of swimmy lessons
...loving watching them loving each other.
We had a 1940's themed New Years Eve party last year in our barn. I dusted off my old uniform and my bride and I cut a rug to some big band music. Hoping for a long sweet slow dance this year.
It's 60 and sunny outside today and even brighter inside.. Joey's out of bed teaching signs to Indy on the floor.
...hand-made pigtails and a second-hand tricycle.
...our girls drove up here last night to spend more time with their mom and little sister.
..this was taken at one of our last concerts. Love is a powerful thing to pray for.
backstage with a little fan with a big heart.
...driving to the airport to fly to Branson to play a matinee show, then flying back to Atlanta later today for one more week of treatments.
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