Leonard Cohen’s Son Pays Tribute to Late Father at Juno Awards
Leonard Cohen’s son Adam paid tribute to his late father as he accepted the Artist Of The Year gong on his behalf at Canada’s Juno Awards this weekend. The annual ceremony recognizes the most talented musicians in Canada, with a gala dinner held on Saturday night before the remaining winners were announced at a ceremony at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa on Sunday.
Saturday’s celebration saw Adam take to the stage to accept the prize for his father, who died last November, and joked about the amount of nominees, including The Weeknd and Drake, missing the ceremony. “As you know, Leonard Cohen is not here to accept this award. Many international artists find excuses to not participate in the Junos. I think he’s found the best one yet,” Adam laughed, referencing the fact that both Drake and The Weeknd are being kept busy on tour. He continued his tribute by admitting his father was determined his songs would be kept alive after his death, telling the crowd: “And so I know that he would be incredibly happy to have this Juno and he was very suspicious of people who didn’t understand how great Canada is, so thank you Canada.” Cohen was also given the Album of the Year award for his swan song record You Want it Darker, with that gong presented on Sunday night. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau had the job of introducing Feist to the stage to pay tribute to Cohen with an emotional performance of “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” with the politician labeling the late singer “one of the greatest artists Canada has ever produced.” Other winners over the weekend included The Tragically Hip, who were named Group of the Year, and Shawn Mendes, who took home the Juno Fan Choice award. Alessia Cara won the gong for Pop Album of the Year, while Sarah McLachlan was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the event. Of the honor, McLachlan said: “I have the best job in the world. Music is my church. It’s my comfort and salvation. Because of music my life has deeper meaning and a powerful sense of purpose.” Bryan Adams, who hosted Sunday’s ceremony alongside Russell Peters after Michael Buble pulled out as his young son Noah continues to battle liver cancer, closed the evening with a performance of his hit “Summer of ’69,” joined by a group of the evening’s winners and nominees. The full list of winners at the 2017 Juno Awards is as follows: Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker Group of the Year: the Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem Breakthrough Artist: Ruth B Songwriter of the year: Gord Downie for the “Stranger, the Only Place to Be and Son from Secret Path” Pop Album of the Year: Alessia Cara, Know-It-All Country Album of the Year: Jess Moskaluke, Kiss Me Quiet Fan Choice Award: Shawn Mendes Single of the Year: the Strumbellas, “Spirits” Breakthrough Group of the Year: the Dirty Nil Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Gord Downie, Secret Path Alternative Album of the Year: July Talk, Touch Rock Album of the Year: the Tragically Hip, Man Machine Poem Rap Recording of the Year: Jazz Cartier, “Hotel Paranoia” Dance Recording of the Year: Bit Funk Featuring Shae Jacobs, “off the Ground” R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: the Weeknd, “Starboy” Reggae Recording of the Year: Exco Levi, “Siren” Indigenous Music Album of the Year: Quantum Tangle, Tiny Hands Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: William Prince, Earthly Days Traditional Roots Album of the Year: the East Pointers, Secret Victory Blues Album of the Year: Paul Reddick, Ride the One Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: Bria Skonberg, Bria Jazz Album of the Year – Solo: Renee Rosnes, Written In the Rocks Jazz Album of the Year – Group: Metalwood, Twenty Instrumental Album of the Year: the Fretless, Bird’s Nest Francophone Album of the Year: Laurence Nerbonne, Xo Children’s Album of the Year: Diana Panton, I Believe In Little Things Classical Album of the Year – Solo Or Chamber: New Orford String Quartet, Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51, Nos. 1 & 2 Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble: Steve Wood And the Northern Cree Singers And Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Going Home Star – Truth And Reconciliation Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: A Tribe Called Red, R.E.D. (Featuring Yasiin Bey, Narcy And Black Bear) And “Sila” (Featuring Tanya Tagaq) From We Are the Hallucination Recording Engineer of the Year: Jason Dufour For Push + Pull And Beck + Call From July Talk’s Touch. Recording Package of the Year: Gord Downie, Secret Path – Jonathan Shedletzky (Art Director), Isis Essery (Designer) And Jeff Lemaire (Illustrator) Video of the Year: Grimes, “Kill V. Maim” (Director: Claire Boucher) Electronic Album of the Year: Kaytranada, 99.9% Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: Mandroid Echostar, i Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: Sarah Mclachlan, Wonderland International Album of the Year: Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams