By Richard Burnett @bugsburnett
Canadian and queer music icon k.d. lang will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 42nd annual JUNO Awards on April 21, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today.
“A gift to music, k.d. lang’s voice is an instrument unto itself — uniquely beautiful and haunting,” said Melanie Berry, President and CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards. “I join millions of Canadians and music fans around the world in congratulating one of our most accomplished singer-songwriters of all time.”
In a career spanning over 25 years, the Edmonton native has won eight JUNO Awards and four Grammys. With her punk-rock fashion aesthetic, and early musical influences that included classic country and rockabilly, lang helped define alt-country.
In fact, lang herself told me her secret to success some years ago: “I think being queer was an asset,” she said. “Being very alternative was my secret weapon prior to coming out.”
Lang also believes her longevity has everything to do with her ability to authentically recreate her studio recordings live onstage.
“You know, I’m all for downloading,” lang told me. “I love not having to go to a record store anymore. But you definitely have to pay the musicians. But the way the music industry is today, I tell you what it all boils down to: It’s all about how good you are live in concert. If you can’t do that, you have no career. At least not a long one. So I’m happy I’m still going strong.”
In a CARAS press release this week lang states, “To be included in the lineage of Canadian artists who have formed my musical DNA and who remain my mentors, is beyond humbling. I am deeply honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.”