American singer K.D. Lang reduces viewers to tears in this stunning video of her performing Leonard Cohen’s hitHallelujah.Cohen’s recent death has renewed interest in his work and this is one of the best versions of his hit.
K.D. Lang knows to let the beauty of the words shine through and is accompanied by a small orchestral band. The piano in particular delicately picks out the tune while Lang’s voice soars over the top. The video was filmed in 2005 at the Juno Awards, which recognise contributions to Canadian music. Both Cohen and Lang are Canadian.
The performance rightly ends with a standing ovation from the crowd. This powerhouse version drew praise from Cohen himself, who suggested at the time that no one else need cover the song. K.D. Lang is an inspiration to many with her LGBT activism and her rendition ofHallelujah served as a tribute to that community.