The Joey + Rory singer lost his wife and bandmate to cancer earlier this year (Mar16), and to pay tribute to her memory, he has secured tickets for his in-laws to join him.

Rory and his late wife are up for Vocal Duo of the Year, but he admits the couple was never big on trophies. This year's nomination means a lot, however.

"It's a blessing, especially now to have my wife's voice and our music be lifted up the way that it is," he tells TasteofCountry.com.

Meanwhile, Rory is currently turning his blog entries at This Life I Live into an inspirational book, and a movie, called To Joey With Love, will be released on DVD this winter.