Leonard Cohen, Anne Murray, Lucille Dumont, and Gilles Vigneault were among those inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on February 5th.
During the gala presentation Sunday night, tributes to each of the inductees included covers of their songs performed by other artists. Cohen was the man of the hour, inducted personally along with his songs "Hallelujah," performed Sunday by k.d. lang, "Bird on a Wire," sung by Willie Nelson, and "Everybody Knows," played by Rufus Wainwright. Cohen's "Ain't No Cure For Love" and "Suzanne" were also given spots in the hall.
The 71-year-old singer, songwriter, and poet kept his words short when accepting the honour from former governor general Adrienne Clarkson. "The brevity and poverty of these remarks do not reflect the abundance of feeling in my heart for you," said Cohen, according to the Toronto Star.
Lucille Dumont, 87, is a Quebecois singer and songwriter, as is Gilles Vigneault, who wrote the nationalist Quebec anthem "Mon Pays." Anne Murray was the first Canadian artist to reach number one on the American charts, with songs like "Love Song," "Broken Hearted Me," and "Blessed are the Believers."
The awards show aired on CBC Radio Two yesterday and will air again today on CBC Radio One at 11:00 a.m. The show won't be broadcast on CBC Television until March 6th.
Writer: Michelle Garcia