Controversy, flock of presenters, show … What to expect from the 35th Victoires de la Musique?

Catherine Ringer, Alain Souchon and Angèle all aim for the title of "artist of the year
Catherine Ringer, Alain Souchon and Angèle all aim for the title of “artist of the year

Cette année, une édition particulière attend artistes et spectateurs. Moins de catégories, plus de présentateurs et de musique live. Programme.

Friday evening at the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt will be held the 35th Victories of Music ceremony . This year marks a real split with the previous editions in terms of content and many artists are expected. Here is everything you need to know about this event celebrating French-language music production.

Five categories are sidelined

For several years, artists could stand out and hope to win a trophy in categories representing their style. This year, it may get slightly complicated. The number of categories has been reduced from thirteen to eight, bringing together the different styles (rap, urban, rock, electro, world) under the single name of best album. The number of selected has increased from three to five per category. In addition, all the selected artists will perform on stage, whereas previously only the winners had this privilege.

More presenters than laureates

This year, France Télévision has decided to work hard to ensure the show. If on the one hand all the artists will perform, the in-between will not be outdone. Eleven animators were invited to pass the dishes live on February 14. In addition to the inevitable Michel Drucker, we are talking about Sophie Davant, Faustine Bollaert, Marie-Sophie Lacarrau, Laurent Ruquier, Julian Bugier, Stéphane Bern, Bruno Guillon, Leïla Kaddour and Cyril Feraud. Without forgetting the incontrovertible Daphne Bürki. The Victoires de la Musique will therefore succeed this year in the tour de force of having more presenters than laureates.

Angela’s year

In 2019, the young Belgian has definitely established herself as a major figure in song. With her album Brol, then her reissue Brol, La Suite, Angèle Van Laeken has not ceased to shine, as evidenced by the Diamond records won. A committed feminist, it was with her song Balance ton quoi and the resulting clip directed by Charlotte Abramow that she was named for the best audiovisual creation. In 2019, Angèle is also a gigantic tour through France, Belgium, Canada and the United States, dozens of dates and shows full of energy that may earn her the prize for the “best concert” “. It is all these things that make the 24-year-old young woman in the running for the “female artist” of the year, and despite the strong competition from Clara Luciani and Catherine Ringer,

Choices that are controversial

The decision to remove gender categories is a difficult pill for some to accept . “Opening up was the way to be less Franco-French. It’s extraordinary, because at the moment the American and English charts are opening up to music from everywhere, “ regretted DJ Martin Meissonnier, producer of world music. “It is part of a systematic invisibility of gender” according to Éloïse Bouton, journalist and founder of Madame Rap, a media dedicated to women in hip-hop. “It’s a stab to rock, it’s like saying” we no longer have time to take risks “, because rock takes time”,deplores Julien Hohl, director of the Deaf Rock label and manager of the Last Train group. Musical styles are not the only ones to speak. The lack of ethnic diversity has largely reacted. “When we look at the list of nominees, we look in vain for a diversity of colors,” regrets saxophonist Manu Dibango. “Someone decided that it might be a little too colorful and that we had to come back to something whiter,” said Jacob Desvarieux, founding member of the Kassav group ‘.

All nominated by category

Male artist:

Philippe Katerine
Alain Souchon

Female Artist:

Clara Luciani
Catherine Ringer

Revelation Scene:

Aloïse Sauvage

Revelation Album:

The Faults –
Maëlle Apple – Maëlle
Temperaments – Malik Djoudi


Âme Fifties – Alain Souchon
Confessions – Philippe Katerine
Jeannine – Lomepal
The wandering stars: expansion – Nekfeu
Panorama – Vincent Delerm

Original song:

Go rest – Boulevard des Airs feat. Vianney
C’est va ça vient – Vitaa et Slimane
Nue – Clara Luciani
Presque – Alain Souchon
Stone with you – Philippe Katerine


Both Sides – Jeanne Added
Brol Tour – Angèle
Le grand petit Concert – -M-

Audiovisual creation:

Balance ton quoi – Angèle
Live les Vieilles Canailles – Les Vieilles Canailles

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