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Leonard Cohen has joined David Bowie and Ray Charles as artists who have received Grammy awards posthumously. He was awarded best rock performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday for the song “You Want it Darker” off of his most recent album of the same name.
Cohen’s You Want It Darker came out Oct. 16, 2016, just 19 days before his death. According to his manager, Robert B. Kory, the 82-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter had an “unexpected and peaceful” death in his Los Angeles home. Cohen was also nominated for best American roots performance for the song “Steer Your Way,” but lost out on that award to Alabama Shakes’ “Killer Diller Blues.”
This is Cohen’s first Grammy win. He was previously awarded for featuring on Herbie Hancock’s album River: The Joni Letters, which won album of the year in 2007. In 2010, the Recording Academy awarded him the coveted lifetime achievement award.
Cohen beat out fellow posthumous nominee Chris Cornell (up for “The Promise”), Foo Fighters (“Run”), Kaleo (“No Good”) and Nothing More (“Go to War”).
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