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Leonard Cohen
Cohen in 2008
Background information
Birth name Leonard Norman Cohen
Born (1934-09-21)21 September 1934
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died 7 November 2016 (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Folk, folk rock, rock, world
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1956 - 2016
Labels Columbia

Leonard Cohen (21 September 1934 – 7 November 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and writer.

Cohen died in 7 November 2016 of cancer and from complications of a fall in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, aged 82.

Titles and honors

  • In 1968, Cohen refused a Governor General's Award (in category for English language poetry or drama) for Selected Poems 1956–1968.
  • In 1991, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  • In 1993, Cohen won the Juno Award for Male Vocalist of the Year.
  • In 1994, Cohen won another Juno Award this time for Songwriter of the Year.
  • In 1996, he was ordained a Rinzai Buddhist monk.
  • In 2001, Cohen was awarded a SNEP Award for more than 100,000 copies sold of Ten New Songs in France.
  • In 2003, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour.
  • In 2004, Beautiful Losers was chosen for inclusion in Canada Reads 2005. It was selected and originally to be championed by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright; however, tour commitments meant that Wainwright had to be replaced by singer Molly Johnson.
  • In 2006, Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • In 2007, Cohen received a Grammy for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters.
  • In 2008, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • In June 2008 he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec

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