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The 2018 Grammy Awards: Leonard Cohen, Leonard Bernstein & More Jewish Musical Talent Honored

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The late legendary rocker Leonard Cohen won his first posthumous Grammy at last night’s awards. The Jewish singer-songwriter won the award for his song “You Want it Darker” which was produced by Leonard’s son, Adam. Cohen, who was most well-known for his ballad, “Halleluljah,” was born in Canada and began nurturing his love for music as a teenager before becoming an international superstar. Leonard released his latest album last month and put his thoughts and feelings on faith and the secular world into his music.

The 60th Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night, January 28th, at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. This was the first time in 15 years that the glitzy show has taken place in the Big Apple. The biggest names in the pop, rock, rap and every other musical genre took over the city to honor the best talent in the biz, including a few Jewish artists, producers and composers.

The late legendary rocker Leonard Cohen won his first posthumous Grammy at last night’s awards. The Jewish singer-songwriter won the award for his song “You Want it Darker” which was produced by Leonard’s son, Adam. Leonard’s beat beat out songs by Foo Fighters, Kaleo and Chris Cornell. Cohen, who was most well-known for his ballad, “Halleluljah,” was born in Canada and began nurturing his love for music as a teenager before becoming an international superstar. Leonard released his latest album last month and put his thoughts and feelings on faith and the secular world into his music.

The brilliant musician toured for troops in the 1973 Yom Kippur War but was also caught up in controversy over the Boycott Israel movement in 2009 amidst a performance in Tel Aviv. Cohen donated all proceeds from the concert to a group encouraging dialogue between Jews and Palestinians.

Broadway crooner Ben Platt can add a Grammy to his award shelf – Platt, the Jewish lead in the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, won the award along with his fellow cast members for the group recording of their musical. Platt paid tribute to Broadway with the song “Somewhere” by Leonard Bernstein as part of a celebration of the artist’s 100th birthday. The Grammy Museum is also honoring Bernstein for the anniversary of the composer’s birthday with over a hundred personal items and photographs.

Broadway crooner Ben Platt (pictured above) can add a Grammy to his award shelf – Platt, the Jewish lead in the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, won the award along with his fellow cast members for the group recording of their musical

Other members of the tribe who were nominated for awards at the biggest night in music included Bob Dylan, who received a nomination for best traditional pop vocal album, “Triplicate.” Dylan won his first solo Grammy back in 1979 for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

Furthermore, all the albums in the Best Musical Theater category were composed by Jewish talent. “Come from Away” was composed by David Hein and his wife, Irene Sankoff, while Benj Pask and Justin Paul were acknowledged for their hit, “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “Hello Dolly” was composed Jerry Herman. The Grammy for the The Best Musical Theater award went to “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Other notable nominees included rock star Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote and co-produced “Melodrama,” an album by singer Lorde, as well as the song “I Don’t Want to Live Forever,” in the movie “Fifty Shades Darker.” Diane Warren, who co-wrote the song “Never Give Up,” for the movie “Marshall” was nominated during the evening for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture; Benjamin Levin, known as Benny Blanco, who produced “Issues,” a nominee for song of the year. Levin already has a few Grammy’s under his belt. Pink, who performed during the show, has a Jewish mother and recently referred to herself as a Jewish woman.

The Grammy’s might have been a star-studded event, but the evening was also dedicated to the #MeToo movement with many celebrities wearing white roses in order to bring awareness to combating sexual harassment.

 

Other members of the tribe who were nominated for awards at the biggest night in music included Bob Dylan, who received a nomination for best traditional pop vocal album,  “Triplicate.” Dylan won his first solo Grammy back in 1979 for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

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