Leonard Cohen

Grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard

Grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard

Barley an hour after the conclusion of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, an email arrived from a friend expressing disappointment at the telecast making short shrift of the deaths of two of the greatest musical poets of the last century, Leonard Cohen and Merle Haggard.

Both were name- and photo-checked in the quick “In Memoriam” segment toward the end of the three-hour-and-40-minute marathon, while Haggard received an additional millisecond of recognition in new Grammy host James Corden’s rapid-fire rap monologue.

Off network cameras and during a pre-telecast, veteran folk-pop singer Judy Collins

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