Joey + Rory Earn Four GMA Dove Awards Nominations
The husband-and-wife duo is nominated for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year ("I'll Fly Away"), Country Recorded Song of the Year ("He Touched Me"), Bluegrass / Country Album of the Year (Hymns That Are Important to Us) and Long Form Video of the Year (Hymns That Are Important to Us), the Gospel Music Association announced on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
Joey + Rory released Hymns That Are Important to Us in February, just a few weeks before Joey Feek passed away after a battle with cancer. Fans both old and new had followed the Feeks' story for months, and that interest helped Hymns top both the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts in its first week. The project sold 70,000 units (68,000 in pure album sales) in its first week, giving Joey + Rory their best sales week ever, and earned the No. 4 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart -- their first record to reach the Top 10 on that chart.
In addition to maintaining his blog, Rory Feek is writing a book, This Life I Live, that will be released in February and working on a documentary honoring his late wife, To Joey, With Love, which will be in theaters for one night only on Sept. 20.
The 2016 GMA Dove Awards are set to take place on Oct. 11 in Nashville; Trinity Broadcasting Network will air the show on Oct. 16. A complete list of 2016 GMA Dove Awards nominees is available on the Dove Awards' official website.
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