Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker & Steer Your Way Nominated For Grammy Awards

Leonard Cohen’s song You Want It Darker, the title track to his Oct. 2016 album, is nominated in the best rock performance category. Cohen is also nominated for best American roots performance for Steer Your Way, another song from his final album.

Cohen won an album of the year Grammy in 2007 for his involvement in the Joni Mitchell covers album River: The Joni Letters, and was honored by the Recording Academy with a lifetime achievement award in 2010.

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Source: USA Today

Honorary Félix Trophy Awarded To Leonard Cohen At ADISQ Gala – Montreal, Oct. 29, 2017

An honorary Félix trophy was given to Leonard Cohen for his entire oeuvre and his son Adam Cohen was on hand to accept it, during a tribute that featured Richard Séguin, Les soeurs Boulay and Michaud singing the Cohen staple Hallelujah.

“Thirty years ago, they tried to give him the Governor General’s Award and he refused it,” Adam Cohen said. “But this one he’d be happy to accept. He’d want me to say two things. Firstly, one of his biggest regrets at the end of his life was that he couldn’t spend his last days in Montreal. And he wanted to weigh in on one of the burning debates in Montreal — whether the smoked meat was better at Schwartz’s or at The Main. He preferred The Main.”

ADISQ gala testament to the wealth of talent in Quebec music scene by Brendan Kelly (Montreal Gazette: Oct 29, 2017)

Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker On Polaris Prize 2017 Short List

The Short List for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize has been revealed. The list of 10 nominees has been narrowed down from the Long List, which featured 40 artists. The award goes to the best album by a Canadian artist, released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. The remaining nominees include:

  • Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
  • A Tribe Called Red: We Are the Halluci Nation
  • Gord Downie: Secret Path
  • Feist: Pleasure
  • Lisa Leblanc: Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
  • Lido Pimienta: La Papessa
  • Tanya Tagaq: Retribution
  • Leif Vollebekk: Twin Solitude
  • Weaves: Weaves

From Pitchfork

Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker On Long List For Polaris Canada’s Album Of The Year

From this list of 40, the same jurors are then asked to pick their top 5, which will comprise the 10 albums on the short list. That will be announced at Toronto’s Carlu on July 13 and the winner of Canada’s best album of the year, at the end of the Polaris Gala on Sept. 18, as decided by an 11-member grand jury behind closed doors.

From Drake, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen and Leonard Cohen Make Polaris Music Prize Long List by Karen Bliss (Billboard: 13 June 2017). See complete list of 40 artists & albums at link.

Video: Anjani Sings “Crazy To Love You” – 2012 Leonard Cohen-Glenn Gould Prize Gala

Neil Larsen Accompanies Anjani Thomas – Leonard Cohen Tribute

By all accounts, this rendition of “Crazy To Love You” (from the Anjani Thomas-Leonard Cohen Blue Alert album) by Anjani with Neil Larsen on the keyboards, was a high point of the May 14, 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Leonard Cohen tribute concert held in Massey Hall, Toronto.

Note: Originally posted May 17, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric