Kate McKinnon performed this for her SNL cold opening in guise as Hillary Clinton, and she turned out a very nice performance, ending with "I'm not giving up, and neither should you."
Not giving up at what, perverting foundations to personal gain, selling services government office for personal gain, corrupting government departments, political parties, and all media? Look, credit where it is due, tremendous talent there, Kate, impressive and admirable talent, but when it comes to politics, you're bat shit crazy.
Turns out, there are a million renditions of this song, deeply loved by entertainers. The guy who wrote this song, Leonard Cohen, sings it so honestly, so purely, so cleanly that it gives you the chills. His voice is deep and he sings his own song slowly, here, and as a much older man with a deep old man's voice here.
There are too many great entertainers to mention who've covered this song to the top of their vocal abilities. It's just tremendous. What the heck, I'll go ahead and mention, from Amazon Prime, K.D. Lang, man, she's a fantastic singer, Pentatonix does very nicely using their voices as instruments, Jeff Buckley sings it pitched higher, Susan Boyle who sings everything very nicely, Allison Crowe, Peter Hollens, Brandi Carlile, Kelley Mooney, Lindsey Stirling. From YouTube, several X-factor contestants, a beautiful young girl sings it, Anna Clendening from America's Got Talent, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, I love that guy's voice, he covers "Levon" better than Elton John sings it, he says it's one of those songs when hears it he wishes he wrote it. That gets me.
And many many more covered Hallelujah. Everybody wants to sing this song. Justin Johnson, Jeff Gutt, Rufus WainWright for the film, Shrek, and on and on and on.
Commenters to the above video over at YouTube say:
* Nearly fell off my chair when that guy with the teeth opened his mouth and sang.
* Play. Play again. Play again. Nielsen slays it.
* Kurt slayed.
* If you have heard this song but not yet felt it, your time has come. It turns me into putty. And look at these guys, sitting as if in conversation. So easy. No belting out the song. Just delivering it so smoothly and easily, as it should be.
* Mama I miss you for ever.
* Whos the red head, his voice is out of this world?
* kurt nilsen
Here is Kurt Nilsen auditioning for Idol, with subtitles. It's just him standing in front of judges unaccompanied, very raw.
Comments to this video are interesting as the video itself.