Leonard Cohen honored at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

by WENN October 17th, 2019, 12:00 pm


Leonard Cohen was posthumously inducted into the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Attendees at the prizegiving in Manchester, England, paid tribute to the Canadian performer, best known for his signature song Hallelujah, who was also honored by singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore, who sang his 1984 track Dance Me to the End of Love.

Cohen passed away in 2016, but a final album, completed by his son Adam, is set for release next month.

Two acts received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the event, Irish traditional group Dervish, and guitarist Wizz Jones.

Dervish's Shane Mitchell says of the honor: "We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honor at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band."

Jones rose to fame as a beloved figure in the 1960s blues and folk club scene, and influenced the likes of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Rod Stewart.

He says of the accolade, "I am so surprised to get this award so thanks a million to whoever suggested it!"

Senegalese drummer and kora player Seckou Keita won the coveted Musician of the Year prize.