Leonard Cohen was honoured as the Ninth Laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize at a music-filled gala at Massey Hall on Monday night. ZoomerNews Videographer Darrin Maharaj has the details.
2017 Juno Award Nominations:
- Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
- Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen
- Songwriter of the Year: Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”
- Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Previous Leonard Cohen Juno Awards
Note; In addition to these awards, Leonard Cohen has received numerous nominations
All posts dealing with Leonard Cohen and the Junos can be accessed at Juno Awards
Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post from Library and Archives Canada. Photographer: Barry Roden. Thanks to Linda Sturgess for contributions to this post.
Vote for Leonard at Brit Award Voting
Source: Brit Awards 2017: David Bowie and Leonard Cohen get posthumous nominations as Little Mix and Skepta are up for three by Clive Morgan (The Telegraph: Jan 17, 2017)
Featuring Jennifer Warnes, Suzanne Vega, Aaron Neville & Moses Znaimer
Linda Sturgess alerts us that the video of Leonard Cohen’s complete induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, including the introduction by Moses Znaimer, the tribute performances by Jennifer Warnes (Joan of Arc), Suzanne Vega (Who By Fire), and Aaron Neville (Bird on the Wire) and, of course, Leonard’s acceptance speech, is now online.
Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech includes numerous moments of graciousness and gratitude, sparkling wit, and exquisite phrasing. A couple of examples follow:
After saluting a bevy of Hall Of Fame members, including Hank Snow, Glenn Gould, The Diamonds, The Four Lads, Neil Young, The Band, Paul Anka, and Gordon Lightfoot, Cohen ends the list with Joni Mitchell and Maureen Forrester, going on to remark,
Two women of genius among all that exuberant, masculine prominence … It’s going to be hard to get a date in the Hall of Fame.
Commenting on the timing of this honor Cohen explains
If I had been given this attention when I was 26, it would have turned my head. At 36 it might have confirmed my flight on a rather morbid spiritual path. At 46 it would have rubbed my nose in my failing powers and have prompted a plotting of a getaway and an alibi. But at 56 — hell, I’m just hitting my stride and it doesn’t hurt at all.
Leonard’s speech without the introduction or tributes can be viewed at Video: Leonard Cohen’s Witty, Touching 1991 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction Speech
Leonard Cohen Inducted Into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame | Junos 1991
This video of the entire 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award automatically begins with Salman Rushdie’s introduction of Leonard Cohen, “At The Level Of The Line,” which is followed by Shawn Colvin singing Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing,” the Rusdie-Cohen kissing, and Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech.
PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award – John F Kennedy Library, February 26, 2012 (Uploaded by Maarten Massa)
Note: Originally posted February 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric