Leonard Cohen awarded Spain’s Prince Of Asturias prize

Cohen joins the ranks of Arthur Miller and Sir David Attenborough

Leonard Cohen has been awarded Spain’s esteemed Prince Of Asturias Award for literature.

The prestigious gift of $71,870 (£43,836) is handed out by a jury of Spain’s foremost artists, authors and intellectuals to people deemed to have made significant contributions to science, the humanities and public affairs.

The ‘Hallelujah’ legend was praised for influencing “three generations of people worldwide through his creation of emotional imagery in which poetry and music are fused in an ouvre of immutable merit,” according to BBC News.

Felipe, Prince of Asturias, heir apparent to the Spanish throne, personally hands out the prizes in Oviedo each year.

Previous recipients have included playwright Arthur Miller, economist Paul Krugman and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Cohen adds the title to an honour role that includes induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.