Furtado Completely Baffled by Cockburn's Speech
HAMILTON: New pop sensation and multiple Juno award winner Nelly Furtado
was "absolutely clueless" as to what Bruce Cockburn, the
most recent inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, was talking
about during his 26 minute acceptance speech at the Juno awards ceremony,
held on March 4.
"Christ, what was he going on about?" Furtado asked.
"I thought I was in the House of Commons or something."
For his acceptance speech, Cockburn, a legend of Canadian music
known for his earthy sounds and politically charged lyrics, delivered
a carefully scripted but scathing indictment of, amongst other issues,
privatization of public institutions, the growing power of global
market forces and the increasing commercialization of the music
industry. Although the speech was warmly received by those in attendance
at Copps Coliseum, unabashed bewilderment was the only reaction
emanating from Furtado, best known for her hit single, 'I am like
"Whew, completely over my head," the singer continued,
using pantomime by waving her hand over her head while she spoke.
"I stood up and clapped because everyone else did, but geeeeesh
She did conclude, however, that Cockburn should "seriously
consider getting into politics."
Posted on June 1st, 2001