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Joey Feek’s Girls Took Part of Her With Them to the Grammy Awards

Joey + Rory were first-time nominees at the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday (Feb. 15), and the couple’s two older daughters took a very special reminder of Joey with them to the ceremony.

Joey has been battling Stage 4 cancer, and she’s in hospice care in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind., as she approaches the end of her life. She was too ill to travel to the Grammys, and Rory was determined to stay by her side, so they dispatched Heidi and Hopie, Rory’s two older daughters from his first marriage, to the awards to represent the duo while they watched from home.

The girls traveled to Los Angeles bearing some precious pieces from Joey, who raised them after she and Rory married and whom they call Mom. Heidi shared the photo above to Instagram on Monday, showing off a couple of Joey’s favorite jewelry pieces that she gave the girls recently.

The country duo were nominated in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “If I Needed You,” an award that ended up going to Little Big Town for “Girl Crush.”

It’s an eventful week for Joey + Rory. In addition to the Grammy nomination, they got to celebrate Valentine’s Day together, which also marked the 14th anniversary of their first date. The family are preparing to celebrate the second birthday of Joey + Rory’s youngest daughter, Indiana, on Wednesday (Feb. 17).

The duo also released their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, on Friday (Feb. 12). The collection comprises a number of gospel standards that Joey learned as a child, and she was insistent that they complete the project while she still had the strength, even singing some of the vocals in her hotel room between treatments. She is hopeful that the songs will give others the same strength and hope that she has drawn from them over the years.

“People every day who don’t have cancer who are dealt with trials or family issues or whatever it might be … we need Him,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what it is, and when we think that we can get by on our own, we’re so wrong.”

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