Women who speak out celebrated at France’s “Victoires de la musique” awards

Pomme, a singer with sensitive lyrics, who this week spoke out against sexual abuse in the industry was crowned Best Female artist of the year at the 36th annual French music awards. In the new talent category, Yseult, dazzled the scene with her message tackling the taboo of body shape and acceptance of one’s origins.

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the 36th Victoires de la musique took place on Friday evening in a strange atmosphere without any audience, at the Seine Musicale concert hall in Boulogne-Billancourt, on the outskirts of Paris.

However, nearly 200 extras were present in the hall to applaud the artists’ performance.

Pomme, the voice of the #MeToo movement in music, won Best Female Artist, her second Victoire, after her album Les Failles won a prize last year.


This trophy is a big spotlight on the #MeToo movement, still in its infancy in the music industry and named #Musictoo.

Pomme described her “arrival in the music industry” as “traumatic” in an open letter published Thursday by the online medium Mediapart. “From the age of 15 to 17, I was manipulated, morally and sexually harassed, without being aware of it at the time of course,” the 24-year-old artist said.

When she received her award on Friday, she wished for a “safer (music) industry for women”, hoping that they could “overturn the codes” of the business.

Also speaking out for women, and in particular women of colour, was Yseult, who won Best New Female Talent award.

“There is still a long way to go for women, for black women, for fat women,” commented Yseult.

The singer has always explained that she uses the colour of her skin and her body shape as a political weapon through her songs and videos.

Benjamin Biolay was awarded Best Male Artist and Best album for Grand Prix. At the age of 48, he has now won six awards. He didn’t shy away from pointing out how hard the year has been for the culture industry in France due to the pandemic.

“It hasn’t been a very winning year for music,” said Biolay as he received his first trophy of the evening, the trophy for male artist.

He has openly criticized what he describes as the “deafening silence of the public authorities” towards the music industry in general, and of the stage in particular, weakened by the Covid-19 health crisis.

Benjamin Biolay receives the 5th Victory of his career from the hands of Jean Louis Aubert.
Benjamin Biolay receives the 5th Victory of his career from the hands of Jean Louis Aubert. © RFI / Edmond Sadaka

Jane Birkin gets career award

Mais je t’aime, by Grand Corps Malade and Camille Lellouche, was named best song.

The Victory of Best new Male Talent came to Hervé. The best video clip was won by Julien Doré, for Nous, 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, Ne reviens pas, by Gradur and Heuss L’Enfoiré.

Among the other prizes awarded was the Victory of Honour awarded to Jane Birkin for her entire career.

Source: Women who speak out celebrated at France’s “Victoires de la musique” awards


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

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

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The nominees:

Artiste féminine :
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Catherine Ringer

Artiste masculin
Bernard Lavilliers

Chanson originale
Dommage – Bigflo & Oli
Ton Mec – Kyo
Si t’étais là – Louane
Soprano – Roule

Album révélation
Comme on respire – Aliose
Petite Amie – Juliette Armanet
Présence – Petit Biscuit

Révélation scène
Eddy de Pretto
Gaël Faye

Album de chansons
Nues – Brigitte
L’un de nous – Albin de la Simone
Géopoétique – MC Solaar

Album rock
Puzzle – BB Brunes
Accidentally Yours – Lady Sir
The Evol – Shaka Ponk

Album de musiques électroniques ou dance
Deux – Alb
Temperance – Dominique Dalcan
Karmaprena – Fakear

Album de musiques urbaines
La Vraie Vie – Bigflo & Oli
Flip – Lomepal
La fête est finie – Orelsan

Album de musiques du monde

La Confusion d’Amadou & Mariam
Lamomali de -M-, Toumani Diabaté, Sidiki Diabaté, Fatoumata Diawara
Mogoya d’Oumou Sangaré

Concert ou spectacle musical
Tour de Camille
Depardieu sings Barbara , Gérard Depardieu
& Tour , Julien Doré

Audiovisual creation 
Basic of Orelsan
Provided with Gauvain Sers
Territory by The Blaze