TV & RADIO

Gordon Lightfoot's Awards


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:

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:

1968
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

1971
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, Gord! 

1977
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

TORONTO KIWANIS FESTIVAL
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.

ORILLIA HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot was inducted in 1971.

VANIER AWARD:
Presented to Lightfoot in Halifax, NS in March of 1977, to honour his contribution to Canadian culture.

CANADIAN MALE RECORDING ARTIST OF THE DECADE (1970's):
On January 1, 1980, Lightfoot was declared the Canadian recording artist of the decade by a nationwide survey.

TORONTO MUSIC AWARDS:
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.

WILLIAM HAROLD MOON AWARD:
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.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S ARTS AWARD:
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.

MASTERWORKS AWARD:
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 in Ottawa.


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.

CANADIAN BROADCAST HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot receives his induction in Ottawa at a gala dinner on October 30, 2001.

ARTS TORONTO'S 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.

CANADIAN SONGWRITERS 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.

CANADA'S FOLK MUSIC WALK OF FAME:
Lightfoot is given a place in the newly formed Canadian Folk Music Walk Of Fame in Ottawa on October 4, 2003.


CANADIAN RAILWAY HALL OF FAME:

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.

CANADA POST 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.

SONGWRITER'S HALL OF FAME:
Lightfoot receives his Hall Of Fame induction in 2012 in New York along with Bob Seger and Stevie Nicks.