The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce k.d. lang as the 2013 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In a career spanning over 25 years, the Edmonton native has re-written the rules of country and pop music, garnering eight JUNO Awards and four Grammy Awards in the process. Refusing to be categorized, lang has established herself as one of the most innovative, groundbreaking artists in Canadian music history. On Sunday, April 21, 2013, lang will be honoured at the 42nd Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV from the Brandt Centre in Regina, SK.
“A gift to music, k.d. lang’s voice is an instrument unto itself — uniquely beautiful and haunting,” said Melanie Berry, President & CEO, 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.”
“To be included in the lineage of Canadian artists who have formed my musical DNA and who remain my mentors, is beyond humbling,” said k.d. lang. “I am deeply honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.”
Innovation, experimentation and a talent for subverting genre have marked lang’s career. In 1985, the JUNO Awards honoured lang as Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year — and they couldn’t have been more right.
With a punk-rock fashion aesthetic, and early musical influences that included classic country and rockabilly, lang helped define the meaning of the term alt-country. The 1999 album, Absolute Torch and Twang, garnered lang her first Grammy Award and larger mainstream recognition. She followed it up by switching musical hats from country to a fiery brand of adult contemporary for her 1992 album, Ineenue, which featured the hit Constant Craving and went platinum in Canada.
Throughout her career, lang has revealed an undeniable talent as a musical interpreter. In 2005, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, delivered lang’s compelling take on fellow Canadian songwriters, including her stunning, stripped-down version of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluhah.