The following is a list of major awards Lightfoot
has been nominated for and/or won. I'll start with the Grammys.
Lightfoot has never won a Grammy, but has received the following nominations:
BEST FOLK PERFORMANCE
Judy Collins - Both Sides
Now; Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding; Incredible String Band - The Hangman's
Beautiful Daughter; Irish Rovers - The Unicorn; GORDON LIGHTFOOT - DID
SHE MENTION MY NAME; Peter, Paul and Mary - Late Again
BEST POP PERFORMANCE MALE
James Taylor - You've Got
A Friend; Perry Como - It's Impossible; Neil Diamond - I Am...I Said; GORDON
LIGHTFOOT - IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND; Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Lightfoot was asked
to perform his song at this award show, but when he was told he had to sing
a condensed two and a half minute version, he declined. Good man,
BEST POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE MALE
Stevie Wonder - Songs In
The Key Of Life; George Benson - This Masquerade; GORDON LIGHTFOOT - THE
WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD; Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another
Love Like Mine; Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
SONG OF THE
YEAR (Songwriter's Award)
I Write The Songs - Bruce
Johnston; Afternoon Delight - Bill Danoff; Breaking Up Is Hard To Do -
Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield; This Masquerade - Leon Russell; THE WRECK
OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD - GORDON LIGHTFOOT
1951 - First place plaque
in the under 13 category and third place in unchanged voices.
1952 - First place plaque
in unchanged voices.
RPM AND JUNO AWARDS
Here are a list of Lightfoot's RPM and Juno
Award wins. The RPM's became the Junos in the 70's:
1965 - Top Folk Singer
1966 - Top Folk Singer
1968 - Top Folk Singer
1969 - Top Folk Singer
1970 - Male Vocalist Of The Year
1971 - Male Vocalist Of The Year
1972 - Male Vocalist Of The Year - Composer
Of The Year
1973 - Top Folk Singer
1974 - Male Vocalist - Folk Singer - Folk
Single (You Are What I Am) Folk Album (Old Dan's Records)
1975 - Top Male Artist - Top Folk Singer
1976 - Top Folk Singer - Composer Of The Year
(The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald)
1977 - Top Folk Singer
1986 - Juno Hall Of Fame Induction
MEDAL OF SERVICE:
Lightfoot received this
honor from the Canadian government in 1970. The significance of the
award, as Lightfoot put it at the time was to recognize him for "a general
contribution to the overall good of the country." He was on tour
in the US on the date of the presentation and was unable to attend.
Lightfoot was inducted in
Presented to Lightfoot in
Halifax, NS in March of 1977, to honour his contribution to Canadian culture.
RECORDING ARTIST OF THE DECADE (1970's):
On January 1, 1980, Lightfoot
was declared the Canadian recording artist of the decade by a nationwide
In December 1989, Lightfoot
was presented with a Lifetime Acheivment Award at a ceremony held at the
Toronto Music Awards. Bruce Cockburn made the presentation and Lightfoot
performed East Of Midnight, solo.
On September 25, 1990, an
awards dinner was held in Toronto to honor Lightfoot and present him with
the William Harold Moon award. The award recognizes Lightfoot for
outstanding acheivement and is named after the late Harold Moon. Lightfoot
had a long association with Moon dating back to his earliest days on Country
Hoedown when he made his first recordings on Chateau with Art Snider, a
close friend of Moon's. Moon was president of BMI Canada and a strong
supporter of Lightfoot's, so I think it's safe to assume that this award
held special meaning for Lightfoot.
THE GORDON LIGHTFOOT AUDITORIUM DEDICATION
On October 18, 1997 the Orillia Opera House
renamed it's auditorium in honor of it's most famous son. Lightfoot has
performed there since he was a child and has continued the tradition of
playing there, usually as a benefit, to the present day.
Lightfoot was presented
this prestigious Canadian award in November of 1997 at a ceremony in Ottawa,
followed by an evening gala at the National Arts Centre.
CANADA'S WALK OF FAME:
In June 1998, Lightfoot is among the inaugural
group inducted with a star on the Canadian Walk Of Fame in Toronto.
On February 19, 2001 Lightfoot is presented the
Masterworks Award by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada for
Canadian Railroad Trilogy. The presentation is made by Hon. Sheila Copps
CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC
HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot is inducted into the CCMA Hall Of
Fame during a ceremony in Calgary on September 11, 2001, with performances
by Ian Tyson, Anne Murray and Ron Sexsmith.
HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot receives his induction
in Ottawa at a gala dinner on October 30, 2001.
LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD:
On November 12, 2001, Lightfoot
receives the Toronto Arts Award in a ceremony at the Regency Room of the
Four Seasons Hotel.
HALL OF FAME:
At the Hard Rock Cafe in
Toronto on September 24, 2003, Lightfoot is announced among the first five
members of the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Official induction takes
place in December.
MUSIC WALK OF FAME:
Lightfoot is given a place
in the newly formed Canadian Folk Music Walk Of Fame in Ottawa on October
CANADIAN RAILWAY HALL OF
Lightfoot is honored with a special award from
the Canadian Railway Hall Of Fame for his epic composition, Canadian Railroad
Trilogy, citing how it fired the imagination of a generation. The award
is announced on October 15, 2003.
CANADIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot is honoured with yet another hall
induction, this one being formalized on March 5, 2005 during the Canadian Radio Music Awards
as part of Canadian Music Week.
LIMITED EDITION STAMP:
Another milestone in terms of honours came Lightfoot's
way in June of 2007, as Canada Post recognized Lightfoot's contribution
to Canadian culture, with a limited edition postage stamp.
DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL:
Lightfoot receives the Diamond Jubilee
Medal as part of the Queen's Commonwealth 60th anniversary celebrations
on Februay 6, 2012 in Toronto.
receives his Hall Of Fame induction in 2012 in New York along with Bob
Seger and Stevie Nicks.
ROYAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY:
receives the Royal Geographic Society's Gold Medal at an award ceremony
in Toronto in October 2017.
Photos courtesy Kim Lightfoot
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK (CANY) ARTS &
has been named the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Association Of New York
Foundation's (CANY) Arts & Letters Award.
The prestigious award is presented annually to prominent Canadians who have
made an impact at home and abroad, raising the profile of Canada on the
international stage. Over the years CANY have had the opportunity to recognize
the achievements of many Canadians, including: Mike Myers (2017), Paul Shaffer,
Burton Cummings, Oscar Peterson, Peter Jennings, Eugene Levy, Margaret Atwood,
Peter Mansbridge, Lloyd Robertson, Maureen Forrester, Christopher Plummer,
Norman Jewison, Robert MacNeil, Morley Safer, Carol Shields, Karen Kain,
Yousef Karsh, Rich Little and Alex Trebek.
"I'm looking forward to being back in New York and honoured to be recognized
alongside these extraordinary Canadians," he said. "Our American fans and
the New York music and arts community have been wonderful supporters of
my work and that of songwriters around the world."
Lightfoot will be in attendance for the presentation which will take
place at the Maple Leaf Ball, the annual black-tie charity gala dinner
for the Canadians and friends of Canada in New York, to be held at the Mandarin
Oriental Ball Room on Friday March 9, 2018 in New York City.
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL:
is awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award (Living) in 2021.
PLATE AWARD - ACADEMY OF ACHIEVEMENT - ARTS:
joins a literal who's who of artists receiving this award since its inception
in 1961, including his friend and contemporary, Bob Dylan.