Leave it to Leonard Cohen, perhaps contemporary music’s greatest living musical poet, to sum up the spirit of the GRAMMY’s Special Merit Awards Ceremony during his Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech last night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Dressed in a black suit and vintage fedora and speaking in his trademark vampire baritone, the singer/songwriter thanked The Recording Academy for allowing him to be a part of “this distinguished company…as we make our way to the finish line that some of us have already crossed.” Cohen went on to turn a spoken word version of his tune, Tower Of Song into the rest of his audience silencing acceptance speach. Truly remarkable. Another event I am proud to have produced this week.
"As we make our way toward the finish line that some of us have already crossed, I never thought I’d get a GRAMMY award. In fact, I was always touched by the modesty of their interest" - Leonard Cohen