You won’t often see Leonard Cohen pitted, in direct competition, against Nickelback. But it happened last night, and, miracle of miracles, Cohen won. This is how he reminds us of what he really is. Last year, the Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys, went down at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Most of the awards went to younger acts, as the Weeknd won Artist Of The Year and the dance-pop phenom Kiesza was Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. But in the Album Of The Year category, as The Star reports, the 80-year-old Cohen’s gravelly and serious Popular Problems triumphed over an all-over-the-place field that included Nickelback’s No Fixed Address, Bobby Bazini’s Where I Belong, Hedley’s Wild Life, and Serge Fiori’s self-titled album. Also, Alanis Morrisette went into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame, and Magic!’s “Rude” beat Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” for Single Of The Year. Below, watch the Weeknd singing “Earned It” and Kiesza doing a medley of “Sound Of A Woman” and “Hideaway.”
Thinking back now, it’s almost surprising that Cohen didn’t win the Album Of The Year Grammy, as well.