NEW YORK (AFP) - Legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen won his first Grammy posthumously (Jan 29 morning, Singapore) for You Want It Darker, the meditative title song off his final album.
Cohen, while a major figure in pop culture and literature, had few hits in the traditional sense and throughout his life was shut out of the Grammys.
The Canadian poet and singer won for Best Rock Performance in a field that included another late artist, Chris Cornell.
The album You Want It Darker came out just three weeks before Cohen died at 82 in November in Los Angeles.
On the title track, the singer - whose music was full of metaphysical reflections - appeared to come to terms with his own mortality.
"Hineni, hineni," Cohen sang, using the Hebrew for "I am here", before adding "I'm ready, My Lord".
While he never won a Grammy on his own, Cohen - whose best-known songs included Hallelujah and So Long, Marianne - earned a lifetime achievement award in 2010.
He also appeared on a tribute album to fellow Canadian songwriter Joni Mitchell that was led by jazz legend Herbie Hancock, which won Album of the Year in 2008.