Video: 2010 Grammys Award Leonard Cohen 30 Seconds Of Faint Praise For Lifetime Of Superb Achievement

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Well, At Least They Didn’t Take Back The Award

I confess that the headline, “Grammys Award Leonard Cohen 30 Seconds Of Faint Praise For Lifetime Of Spectacular Achievement,” is misleadingly exaggerated.

If one subtracts the time taken by applause, the official commendation of Leonard Cohen at the 2010 Grammy Awards Show was efficiently and  fully executed in 19 seconds.

In making that 19 second announcement of Leonard Cohen’s Lifetime Achievement Award, however, Seal invoked the full majesty, authority, and prestige  of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States with an impressively vapid,  cliched, and immediately forgettable acknowledgment of Leonard Cohen’s extraordinary forty year career as a singer-songwriter.

OK, on reviewing that last sentence, I see I am again guilty of unfairly and inaccurately twisting what was actually said. Viewers who carefully watch the video of this event will find that the central thesis of Seal’s impressively vapid, cliched, and instantly forgettable declaration had less to do with Cohen’s accomplishments than with the conceit that the decision to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award upon Leonard Cohen was  to Seal’s liking, As an extra treat, Seal’s blessing of the award was augmented with the revelation that Seal’s personal favorite among Cohen’s songs is “Hallelujah.”

Leonard Cohen was not present to hear this adulation in person but was represented by a vapid, cliched, and instantly forgettable set of projected images (the astute reader may notice a trend here) that included the screen capture shown atop this post. The award was actually presented to Cohen during the ghettoized Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony the night before the major Grammy Awards Presentation Program.

Leonard Cohen Saluted at Grammy Awards
Jan 31, 2010

Because of the brevity of this event, the video has been set to loop four times. Nonetheless, viewers are well-advised to prepare themselves prior to clicking on the video’s start button and to steadfastly maintain focus once the screening begins. And, whatever you do – Don’t Blink.

Note: Originally posted Feb 5, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2017 Juno Awards To Feature Feist Performing Leonard Cohen Tribute

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The 2017 Juno Awards are broadcast on Sunday, April 2 on CTV. Today, the network and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced that Feist will perform a Leonard Cohen tribute at the awards show. She is set to play an “arrangement of one of Cohen’s classic songs,” according to a press release.

From Feist to Perform Leonard Cohen Tribute at 2017 Juno Awards by Matthew Strauss (Pitcjfork: 27 March 2017). Photo by Jason Persse – Flickr: Feist, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

“The thing I liked about [the PEN Award] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

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The thing I liked about [the PEN New England award for literary excellence in song lyrics] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry. ‘Roll over Beethoven / Tell Tchaikovsky the news’… I’d like to write a line like thatquotedown2

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The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012. Chuck Berry photo by Michael Borkson – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted Aug 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

More about the 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award won by Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry at PEN Awards.

Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

“If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”Leonard Cohen

Chuck Berry, a founding member of rock & roll who enriched culture with such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday. He and Leonard Cohen were the first two recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2012. At that time, Leonard declared “If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”

More about Chuck Berry at Chuck Berry 1926-2017: “The only true king of rock’n’roll” by Julia Rampen (NewStatesman: 18 March 2017)

“I can tell you that the Stamp Committee has again received a proposal to honour Leonard Cohen. And you can help make it happen by sending letters of support to Canada Post,”

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Let’s Give Leonard Cohen A Literal Stamp Of Approval by Robert Waite (Huffington Post: Feb 21, 2017) Full story at the link.

Robert Waite is Chair of Canada Post’s Stamp Advisory Committee, a voluntary, unpaid position.