Watch Leonard Cohen’s Witty, Touching 1991 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction Speech + Performances By Jennifer Warnes, Suzanne Vega, & Aaron Neville

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 Leonard 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 Cohen Inducted Into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame
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Update: The complete 1991 induction of Leonard Cohen 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 available.

Leonard Cohen Inducted Into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame | Junos 1991

 

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted May 16, 2015.

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