Rory Feek is speaking out on Joey + Rory's 2017 GRAMMY nomination, saying simply: "God is so good."
Rory received news that his album with late wife Joey Feek, Hymns That Are Important to Us, had been nominated in the Best Roots Gospel Album category on Tuesday morning after going about his routine of prepping daughter Indiana for school.
"I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me and how much it would mean to Joey if she were here," Rory said in an exclusive statement to ET. "She was so proud of getting to make this record and living long enough to see it be released, and I'm so proud to see the hearts it's touched and the heights that it's taken my wife and her sweet voice -- even after she's gone."
This marks the second GRAMMY nomination for the duo, who were first recognized by the Recording Academy last year for their song, "If I Needed You."
Hymns would prove to be the couple's seventh and final album, released on Feb. 12. Less than one month later, on March 4, Joey died following a lengthy battle with cancer.
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 at the time of her death.
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.