Benjamin Biolay and Pomme crowned artists of the year

On the launch of his album Grand Prize, Benjamin Biolay was crowned male artist at the 36th Victoires de la Musique, in an evening that became a platform in support of the live performance affected by the health crisis.

“It was not a very successful year for music,” said Biolay when receiving the 5th Victory of his career, at 48 years old. And to tackle the “deafening silence of the public authorities” in the face of the situation of the music industry, in general, and of the stage, in particular, impacted by the closure of cultural venues.

With his record with a premonitory title, Biolay, who was aligned against Gaël Faye and Vianney, achieved a good double since he also won the album category (against Loved, Julien Doré; Wicked monday, Gaël Faye; Ladies, Grand Corps Malade and Paradis, I’m Mazué).

No treble, however, since “Mais je t’aime”, by Grand Corps Malade and Camille Lellouche, was named best song.

Second victory for Apple

Apple, singer with sensitive lyrics and voice of the #MeToo movement in music, was for her part sacred female artist. She was competing with Aya Nakamura and Suzane in this category.

At 24, it’s his second Victory, after the revelation album title gleaned last year for Loopholes. Thursday, on the eve of the ceremony, she wrote to have been “manipulated, harassed morally and sexually, without being aware of it” in her debut, in an open letter published in Mediapart.

This 36th Victory Ceremony will remain special. The evening was organized at the Seine Musicale (Paris region) without an audience, Covid-19 requires. Nearly 200 extras were however arranged in the room to applaud the live performances of the artists.

Jean-Louis Aubert, honorary president, also opened the ceremony by singing on the guitar “I was dreaming of another world …”, the first words of a telephone tube with strong symbolic significance in this period. troubled.

“President, it is not easy these days, because the presidential has been replaced by the face-to-face”, Aubert then quipped in his inaugural speech. Squeaking, he took advantage of “the presence or absence of the Minister of Culture” Roselyne Bachelot, to ask her to “continue to take care of the musicians, the technical teams, the show organizers”, while the situation returns to normal.

Very present, Ms. Bachelot reaffirmed her support for artists, with Agence France Presse. “Artists cannot perform on stage at the moment, but I am working hard day and night with them to build a resilient model that will allow us to get through this crisis. I am with the artists and I wish them a lot of courage. I am with them, ”she said backstage.

Biolay sang to him “How is your pain?” in a very club version, in solidarity with nightlife venues that are also closed due to the health crisis.

Birkin in sneakers

As for the other prizes already awarded, a Victoire d’honneur was awarded to Jane Birkin, in sneakers as usual, for her entire career.

The best clip went to Julien Doré, for “Us”, with his two mischievous dinosaurs. The ceremony, regularly accused of snubbing the big sellers of the moment – from urban music – also highlighted the most streamed title (more than 101 million times) between December 2019 and November 2020, “Do not come back”, by Gradur and Heuss L’Enfoiré.

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