Rory and Joey Feek nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY following Joey's death in March


Country and bluegrass duo Rory and Joey Feek have been nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY for their album Hymns That Are Important To Us.

The news is bittersweet, given Joey's death on March 4 after a battle with cervical and colorectal cancer. Nominations for the 2017 GRAMMY Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, with Hymns earning a nod in the "Best Roots Gospel Album" category. The two released the album on Feb. 12, marking their seventh and final studio album together.

The Feeks were also nominated for a GRAMMY this year for their song "If I Needed You" in the "Best Duo/Group Country Vocal Performance" category. However, Little Big Town ended up taking home the GRAMMY for their song "Girl Crush."

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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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"When you love country music as much as we do, to even be nominated for a Grammy for Best Duo/Group Country Vocal Performance is like winning the lottery," 51-year-old Rory told ET last January.

Blake Shelton was also up for a GRAMMY that year in the same category for his song "Lonely Tonight," but tweeted that he would like Joey and Rory to win. "The courage that they as a family have displayed -- it's inspirational," Shelton told ET when we talked to him last November. "It's sad, but it's special at the same time."

Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, just months after giving birth to the couple's daughter Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. In October 2015, Joey shared the news that her cancer was terminal, and that she had decided to stop treatment. She was 40 years old when she died in March.

In May, Rory told Billboard that the two never treated Hymnslike their final project together.

"We had unwavering hope," Rory explained. "I knew it was hard for her, but we always treated everything like, 'This is a season, and we're going to get better.' She kept wanting to sing, even when it was hard for her to get onstage. Not because she wanted to make money or get applause, but because she wanted to share her music."

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Rory celebrated his first anniversary without his beloved late wife in June, and opened up on his blog about how he spent what would have been the couple's 14th wedding anniversary.

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