Veteran songwriter Leonard Cohen has won the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters for a body of work which has "influenced three generations around the world".
"Considered one of the most influential authors of our time, his poems and songs have beautifully explored the major issues of humanity in great depth" the jury said in its citation.
Montreal-born Cohen is known for his songs, including Suzanne and Hallelujah, which have been covered by dozens of influential artists.
His books include poetry collections Let us Compare Mythologies and Flowers for Hitler, and novels The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers.
In his emotional speech when he received the prize in Oviedo, he mentioned his personal interest in the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, whom he has admired for a long time. Cohen´s song "Take This Waltz" lyrics are, in fact, based on the words of Lorca´s poem "Pequeño Vals Vienés" (“Little Viennese Waltz”). Moreover, One of his daughters' name is Lorca.
Here you can watch the video of the song.