Perhaps the most convincing evidence that Hallelujah is the overwhelming favorite choice for indicating emotional significance in movies and television programs is a show making news by announcing that Leonard Cohen’s classic will NOT be used for an In Memoriam presentation. The following excerpt is from Inside Grammys Rehearsals: ‘I Hope It Will Be a Political Show,’ Producer Says by Steve Pond (The Wrap: Feb 10, 2017):
[Subtitle:] And Ken Ehrlich reveals why Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” will NOT play during In Memoriam segment
… And what about “Hallelujah,” the go-to song since that legendary songwriter’s passing in November? “I’d like to think that we’re kind of known for not doing things that are right on the money,” said Ehrlich. He declined to say that the song would never be heard, but said he had something else in the works for the In Memoriam montage.
“One Saturday I was listening to music and thinking about what we could do for In Memoriam, and ‘God Only Knows’ came on, and all of a sudden it hit me,” he said. “If you think of the words not in the context of lost love, but loss, it takes on a whole new meaning.
“So I went to John Legend and to Cynthia Erivo from [Broadway’s] ‘The Color Purple’ and said, ‘I’d like you to do the song out of tempo, slow.’ I’m telling you, it’s so beautiful. And yes, I’m sure some people will say, ‘Why didn’t they do “Hallelujah?”‘”
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