Leonard Cohen Arrives At 2010 Grammys & You Are There

Reporting From The Scene

Leonard Cohen fans were disappointed about the slight coverage afforded the Canadian singer-songwriter’s acceptance of his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammys. While reviewing the event,1 however, I discovered a gem that may have escaped notice by less – well, less severely afflicted fans.

It turns out that the Leonard Cohen community had its own representative covering the arrival of the Spin Doctor For The Apocalypse.2

While ongoing readers may well recognize Arlene Dick from her previous contributions to this site, they may not be aware of her dedication to the cause and her determination to finish what she starts. This video should establish those traits firmly in the minds of viewers.

First, check out her own description of her credentials and the arrival of Leonard and friends:

I showed up this afternoon at the Wilshire Ebell Theater wearing my fedora and Maarten’s lovely lanyard and badge. Are you Press? No, but I am with the Leonard Cohen Forum and I am here to make a report. Must have sounded and looked sufficiently official because security let me park in the VIP parking lot… After that, battling security was not as successful. In fact there seemed to be more security men than the dozen or so lurkers. Robert Kory arrived first wearing his trademark fedora – easy to spot. He registered at the official desk and then was on his cellphone for quite a while. I did see LC arrive in a large black Lincoln van (no one arrived in Limos) … In a few minutes, Sharon Robinson arrived with a man, walking up the side street and joined Robert Kory. … Then Kory waited for Elliott Lefko, AEG North America Promotion and they all went inside.

Now, watch the video, keeping an eye out for

  • Leonard Cohen, of course.
  • Anjani, the woman accompanying Leonard Cohen.
  • The – uh, discussion between the completely outgunned security guard (his final capitulation consists of “Let me know when you’re ready”) and Arlene .

Leonard Cohen arrives at Special Grammys Jan 30, 2010



Bonus: Sharon Robinson Arrival

From the YouTube introduction,

Sharon Robinson arrives at the Wilshire Ebell Theater for the Special Grammys on Jan 30, 2010. Leonard Cohen received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. She is greeted by Robert Kory, Leonard Cohen’s manager.

Sharon Robinson arrives at Special Grammys Jan 30, 2010

Video from arlenedick15

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 Feb 2, 2010.


  1. I missed the event in real time because I was ensconced in the my mother’s cabin in the reception-free Ozarks []
  2. “Spin Doctor For The Apocalypse” is one of the many nicknames for Leonard listed at Leonard Cohen, AKA – The Nicknames []

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