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Cohen, Previn Win Grammys

Achievements of lifetimes not ready for primetime

Marc Tracy
February 01, 2010
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We’re real sorry we missed the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards last night, at which singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen—a Montreal-born Jew—and pianist and composer André Previn—a Russian-born Jew—both won lifetime achievement awards.

And by “last night,” we mean that Cohen and Previn actually got their awards at a separate, un-televised ceremony that took place Saturday.

And by “we’re real sorry we missed the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards,” we mean we’re actually quite pleased we didn’t watch, because it sounds like it was pretty awful. Still, congratulations to all the winners!

Last year in Tablet Magazine, John S. W. MacDonald considered the (many) covers of Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Below, the opening to Robert Altman’s McCabe and Mrs. Miller, set to Cohen’s “The Stranger Song.”

Related:: Hallelujah Time [Tablet Magazine]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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