Joey and Rory Feek were nominated for their first Grammy Award this evening, and while the two did not win they are still celebrating.
The couple, who were nominated in the Best Country Duo/ Group Performance category for their song If I Needed You, lost to Little Big Town who won for their song Girl Crush.
Joey and Rory will still spend the night watching the ceremony in Indiana though, despite Joey’s wishes that Rory head out to Los Angeles for the big night.
In their place at the ceremony will be their manager Aaron Carnahan Rory’s daughters Heidi and Hopie, who have been sharing photos of their time in Los Angeles.
Rory shared a photo of daughter Indiana getting her hair done on Monday, writing; ‘…Indy getting her hair done by her Aunts for Grammy watching w her mama and papa tonight (if it’s not past her bedtime).’
Their manager Carnahan also shared a photo of daughter Heidi getting her makeup done before the ceremony.
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Big night: Joey and Rory Feek (above in June 2013) are nominated for their first Grammy Award but will be watching the ceremony from home because of Joey’s terminal illness
Glam squad: Rory shared a photo of the couple’s daughter Indiana getting ready for the ceremony by having her hair done at home by her aunts (above)
Representatives: Hopie and Heidi Feek, Rory’s daughters, will be attending the ceremony in their place in Los Angeles on Monday (above with their tickets)
Group outing: The two girls are also being joined by Aaron Carnahan, Joey and Rory’s manager (above at Saturday’s nominee reception)
‘Joey tried to talk me into going with them… many, many times. She even had a Southwest ticket purchased for me that I cancelled,’ said Rory in a blog post last week.
‘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.’
He then spoke about what might have happened if they won the Grammy, saying; ‘The girls have asked me to write something for them to read… just in case. I told them not to worry about it, but they insist.
‘I can’t imagine our names being called. But then again, Joey and I also couldn’t have imagined us being where we are at all… the good parts or the bad.
‘So I will write something. And when she’s awake, I will run what I’ve written by Joey like I do all these blog posts. And she will say “it’s beautiful honey”, and then gently point out the words I’ve misspelled and let me know if I’ve left off something important, or am coming across sounding arrogant or insincere.
‘She’s so smart and good.
‘I might have the words that bring characters to life. But my wife has the character that brings my words to life.’
It is a big week for the couple as their album Joey + Rory Hymns That Are Important to Us is also now on sale, and soon there will be a concert special that the couple taped last year despite Joey’s sickness.
Poignant: Rory posted this touching photo of his and Joey’s romantic supper and what’s likely to be their last Valentine’s Day kiss
Tribute: Heidi and Hope revealed that they will be wearing some of Joey’s favorite jewelry in her honor to the ceremony Monday night (right, Heidi getting ready on Monday left)
Last ditch effort: Joey had booked a ticket to Los Angeles for Rory to try and get him to attend the show but he refused so he could stay be her side (Heidi, Hopie and Aaron in Los Angeles)
Joey was as a restaurant owner when she met Rory, falling in love with him as he performed during a songwriter’s night.
He was also a single father with two daughters, another reason Joey has said she was first attracted to him.
On June 15, 2002, the couple was married in a small ceremony.
Joey shared how she first fell in love with Rory in an interview with People earlier this year, saying; ‘Rory was singing In the Round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with three other songwriters.
‘I was just one of dozens of people in the audience that night. From the first song Rory sang, I fell head over heels for him.’
She then added: ‘I didn’t even know him, but something inside me said, “You’re going to marry that man and spend the rest of your lives together.”‘
And while Rory was a noted songwriter who had penned hits for artists such as Blake Shelton, the couple got their big break in 2008 when they appeared on the reality show Can You Duet which aired on Country Music Television.
They finished in third place on the show and signed a record contract soon after – and have been making music ever since right up until the release of their new album on Friday.
‘Our music has taken us many incredible places and let us experience some amazing things in the past 8 years and people we meet have often asked if we had a plan to get to where we are. I’ve always answered, “yes, there’s a master plan… it’s just not ours,'” Rory wrote in his most recent post.
‘And so now, with the big week we have coming up, we have a little plan. But ultimately, how the plan plays out is up to God.’