Leonard Cohen Earns Glenn Gould Prize

Legendary Canadian singer wins ninth Glenn Gould prize handed out for lifetime achievement.

TORONTO – Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen has won the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

Created by the Glenn Gould Foundation and named after the late and legendary Canadian classical pianist, the honor for Cohen includes a $50,000 prize.

That cheque, and the songwriting royalties Cohen continues to receive for “Hallelujah,” should help the Canadian singer after in recent years he returned to touring to pay the bills.

“Like Glenn Gould, his (Cohen’s) work touches audiences far outside his main genre. Hallelujah!," Paul Hoffert, head of the Glenn Gould Prize jury said in a statement.

Past winners of the prize include Pierre Boulez, Oscar Peterson and Yo-Yo Ma.