The Victoires de la musique have delivered their verdict. This 36th edition, which was held on Friday February 12 at the Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), was marked by the coronations of Benjamin Biolay in the categories of male artist and album of the year, while that Apple was elected female artist. The ceremony took place on the theme “show must go on“, in front of an audience of 200” extras “, due to health restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
>> Relive the evening of the 36th Victoires de la musique
While current music concerts have been at a standstill for almost a year, the concert and stage revelation categories were absent from this edition. To compensate, the former Revelation of the Year award has been split into two: Female Revelation and Male Revelation. The “most streamed title” category has also been added. Franceinfo looks back on the winners and the highlights of this edition, marked by messages of solidarity for the world of culture.
Messages of support for the world of music and entertainment
From the opening, Jean-Louis Aubert, sponsor of this 36th edition, appealed to Roselyne Bachelot. “I take advantage of the presence, rather the absence of Madam Minister, not to ask for anything. Indeed, when I started music, I do not believe that the State was involved in it. (…) The State gave me nothing, I gave it back a lot. All I ask of you, Madam Minister, is to take care of all those who work around us: the technicians, the show organizers. Not long, just enough time to hit the road. ”
Several awarded artists had a few words for the intermittents of the show, the musicians, the technicians and all those who work behind the scenes for the holding of the shows, hard hit by the health crisis and the closure of concert halls. During the evening, Thomas Savy, musician of the Victoires orchestra, spoke at length on their behalf: “Madam Minister of Culture, don’t you hear the anxiety that turns to despair? How to live without exercising your art when it is the choice of a lifetime? When you’ve lost half of your income? “ He called for the extension of support for intermittents in the show who obtained a blank year from March 2020.
Behind the scenes, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot reaffirmed her support for artists to AFP. “Artists can’t perform on stage right now, but I’m working hard day and night with them to build a resilient model that will get us through this crisis. I am with the artists and I wish them a lot of courage. I am with them.“
Female artist: Apple
After winning the Album revelation prize in 2020, Apple won the Victoire de l’A artist feminine in 2021. “I never cry in life, but it’s been a year too intense in happiness and disappointment“, said the 24-year-old artist.”I think we can say it’s been a year of loopholes“continued the artist in reference to the title of his last album Hidden flaws. Pomme paid tribute to the two singers named in the same category as her: “Suzane and Aya [Nakamura] I admire you a lot, I am very honored to be nominated with you in this category“.
Finally, the interpreter of Grandiose also expressed the wish of a “safer industry for women“, Hoping that “this new generation of women will know how to impose themselves and overturn the codes”. Apple published a long open letter on a blog on the Mediapart site on Thursday 11 February, in which she recounts her traumatic first steps in the world of music: “From my 15 to my 17 years old, I was manipulated, morally and sexually harassed“, she wrote there.
Male artist: Benjamin Biolay
He was the favorite of these Victories. Benjamin Biolay wins the queen category of male artist. “It hasn’t been a very successful year for music.“, he said while collecting his prize.”In this year of silence followed a dizzying silence, that of the public authorities (…) I am waiting for someone to listen to us a little“, he lamented. He faced Gaël Faye and Vianney, who left without price.
Album: “Grand Prix” by Benjamin Biolay
And two! Benjamin Biolay also won the album of the year award for Grand Prize, his ninth record. An album with rock tones crossed by a metaphor of motor racing, a sport that fascinates him. “And now the bamboche!“, launched the singer, who has recorded six Victories since his first coronation in 2002.
Female revelation: Yseult
“I cry like an old chick, it’s crazy hot, who would have believed?“. Yseult, who won the prize for female revelation, arrived on the stage of the Victories in tears.”It is not over, there is a long way to go as a black woman, a fat woman, a woman forgotten by society and culture, she proclaimed. The path is long and winding but we will get there! They don’t wanna let us take the elevator we’re gonna take the stairs (…) Our anger is legitimate and I would like all of France to hear it.“
Revealed by the show “Nouvelle Star”, Yseult defines her style as “Y-trap”, which oscillates between rap, electro sounds and piano ballads. Yseult was named alongside Clou and Lous and the Yakuza. His song Body is a hymn to self-acceptance, particularly claimed in the choreography performed on the stage of the Victories.
Male revelation: Hervé
The 28-year-old artist is this year’s male revelation. He wins against Noé Preszow and Hatik. Hervé released his first album Hyper in 2019, followed by the reissue Hyper – Extra time in 2020. The singer came to collect his prize on stage with tears in his eyes. “This n’It wasn’t easy to work, but we didn’t give up! “
Original song: “Mais je t’aime”, by Grand Corps Malade and Camille Lellouche
“This is an extract from an album in tribute to women, a piano-voice track that evokes the heartbreaking story of a drifting couple“, presented Laury Thilleman. But I love you by Grand Corps Malade and Camille Lellouche, won the prize for the original song. This is the first collaboration of the two artists. The music video that accompanied the song went viral on social media, garnering 60 million views.
“These are the first victories of my life“, exclaimed on stage Camille Lellouche, moved.”We will quickly return this victory to you, because we will soon be back on stage and enjoying it all together“, promised his side Grand Corps Malade.
Audiovisual creation: “Nous”, by Julien Doré (director Brice VDH)
Spaceship stranded on a beach, dinosaurs … the crazy clip of the title We by Julien Doré, directed by Brice VDH, receives the prize for visual creation. “A sophisticated, ultra positive clip “, presented Stéphane Bern. “With Brice, we dreamed of it and thanks to you, we have it between our but“, exclaimed Julien Doré who also thanked his”artistic family“. The singer dedicated this award to his grandmother Aimée,”almost a hundred years“, which also gave its name to its last album.
Most streamed title: “Don’t come back”, by Gradur featuring Heuss l’Enfoiré
No suspense for this prize, because the winner was already known. With more than 101 million plays between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020, Gradur won the trophy for the most streamed title of the year for Do not come back (featuring Heuss l’Enfoiré). “When I started music there was no streaming, commented Gradur on the Victories stage. Today the stream allows artists to be listened to everywhere.“
Victory of Honor: Jane Birkin
Every year, the Victoires de la musique celebrates an artist for his entire career. This year, singer Jane Birkin took over from Maxime Le Forestier. Etienne Daho, Vanessa Paradis, Eddy de Pretto and Thomas Dutronc paid tribute to his rich career. Their performance was followed by a moving speech by his daughter, Lou Doillon.
Jane Birkin released in December Oh ! Sorry you were sleeping … , a 14th album “intimate and almost therapeutic” in his words. On stage, she paid tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. The latter launched his musical career in 1969 by blackmailing her I love you … neither do I, before sharing his life. “From my 20s until his death, he wrote me jewelry”, thanked the singer.