Since Joey Feek's fight with cancer came to an end on March 4, Joey+Rory fans worldwide have wondered how the ACM Awards would recognize the death of one of country’s brightest stars. How could they showcase Feek's spirit, her musical abilities and her impact on the country music scene and give her the tribute she deserved?
The ACM Awards did it perfectly.
“A few weeks ago, we lost a member of our country music family in the passing of Joey Feek,” Darius Rucker said as he walked onto the stage.
“Joey was more than just a wonderful singer and an ACM-winning artist along with her husband Rory,” Martina McBride added. “She was a beloved mom, daughter, family member and friend.”
“Of all the different ways we could honor Joey, we think that the way we could honor Joey that would mean the most is one more time, all of her fans and all who love her to give her a big round of applause.”
And the arena erupted in applause.