Baby, I’ve Been Here Before: Leonard Cohen Garners Four Posthumous Juno Award Nominations

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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

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Previous Leonard Cohen Juno Awards

1991: Juno/Canadian Music Hall of Fame
1993: Male Vocalist Of The Year1
1993: Best Video2
1994: Songwriter of the Year
2013: Artist of the Year
2013: Songwriter Of The Year3
2015: Album Of The Year4

Note; In addition to these awards, Leonard Cohen has received numerous nominations

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Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post from Library and Archives Canada. Photographer: Barry Roden. Thanks to Linda Sturgess for contributions to this post.

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  1. Male & Female Vocalists Of The Year are now subsumed under the title Artist Of The Year []
  2. For Closing Time, directed by Curtis Wehrfritz []
  3. For the songs “Amen”, “Going Home” and “Show Me the Place” []
  4. For Popular Problems []

Leonard Cohen Nominated For 2017 Brit Awards International Male Solo Artist

DSC01143.JPGVote 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)

Credit Due Department: Photo by Stanley Wood from London, UK – Flckr-HelloStanley, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Video: Watch Complete 1991 Induction Of Leonard Cohen Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

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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

Video: Complete 2012 PEN Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony: Leonard Cohen & Chuck Berry

penawardThis 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

Songs of Leonard Cohen Wins Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize (Jury Vote)1960-1975

slaight-heritage-prizeThe Polaris Prize Facebook Page has announced that Leonard Cohen has won the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize jury vote for the period of 1960-1975 for the album Songs of Leonard Cohen

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The Heritage Prize is an offshoot of the Polaris Prize. It is our version of a Hall of Fame for Canadian albums. It attempts to answer the question “what would have won or been nominated for Polaris before it started in 2006?” It is a music obsessive bar room conversation come to life.

How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums per era, one chosen by public vote and one chosen by juror vote, will be designated as Heritage Prize winners each year.

The other 1960-1975 nominees follow:

  • The Band: Music From Big Pink (1968)
  • The Band: The Band (1969)
  • Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier: Lindberg (1968)
  • Gordon Lightfoot: Lightfoot! (1966)
  • Joni Mitchell: Court And Spark (1974)
  • The Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train (1963)
  • Jackie Shane: Live! (1967)
  • Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
  • Neil Young: After The Gold Rush (1970)

For more information, see Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize