More than a year after his death, Leonard Cohen is honored with a Grammy for Best Rock Performance, for his song “You Want It Darker”.
Last night at the 60th edition of the Grammy Awards, a number of artists have been honored with a Grammy posthumous. Among them, there was famous singer, writer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. The late Canadian artist’s song “You Want it Darker” was the big winner under the category Best Rock Performance.
“You Want It Darker”, gave the name to Cohen last studio album (the 14th) , which was released only 19 days before his sudden passing.
The other nominees were:
- “Go To War” – Nothing More (released on June 23, 2017; it is the band’s lead single, found on their 5th album, “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”; which was nominated for Best Rock Album)
- “No Good” – Kaleo (the Icelandic band was formed in 2012; also known for the single “Way Down We Go”)
- “Run” – Foo Fighters (single released on June 1, 2017, which topped the Billboard US Mainstream Rock Songs chart; so far, 4 of Foo Fighter albums won Best Rock Album)
- “The Promise” – Chris Cornell (the Soundgarden frontman released the single in 2014; he passed away last year, of what it appears to have been suicide by hanging)
Leonard Cohen passed away on November 7, 2016, at the age of 82. his representative said that he fell on the stairs of his home during the day and, hours later, he passed away in his sleep.
A month prior, Cohen had given his last interview to The New Yorker, saying: “I’m ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
The Grammys 2018 have also honored the late Carrie Fisher. The actress, best known for playing the original Princess Leia in Star Wars, won her first Grammy on January 28, 2018, over a year after she suddenly died, at age 60. The award went to her for Best Spoken Word Album, for the narration of her memoir, The Princess Diarist.