SNL pays tribute to Leonard Cohen with rendition of Hallelujah mourning the presidential election results

NEW YORK — marked the passing of Cohen in its own unique way, weaving its into a message of hope in the wake of ’s stunning victory in the U.S. .

Cast member Kate McKinnon opened the NBC show in character as Hillary Clinton, sitting at a piano to perform a solo of , perhaps Cohen’s best known tune.

At the end of the stark, emotionally uplifting song, McKinnon faced the camera and said “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”

Every night since Trump’s victory at the polls last Tuesday, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets in cities across the country in protests that have sometimes turned violent.


Cohen died at his home in Los Angeles on Monday and was buried in a family plot in Montreal on Thursday.

The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist who influenced so many other artists and whose fan base stretched around the , was 82.

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