MUSIC VICTORIES – Who from Juliette Armanet, Clara Luciani or Hoshi won the title of best artist? This Friday, February 11, they were decided during the evening, on the occasion of the 2022 edition of the Victoires de la musique live from the musical Seine on France 2.
Even though the announcement of the nominations during the month of January has aroused many criticisms, including the fact that the ceremony does not reflect the diversity of the current scene, Orelsan left him as the big favorite. The rapper, whose album Civilization is the best-selling record in France in 2021, appeared in four categories: best album, artist, song and audiovisual creation. He was awarded for three of them.
At the helm of the show, we found the former Miss France Laury Thilleman and the star host of France 2 Olivier Minne. Like Jane Birkin last year, Jacques Dutronc was awarded a Victory of Honor for his entire career, at 78 years old.
For the rest, it was Stromae who got the ball rolling in his capacity as ceremonial president. Known for his disconcerting performances, like the latest on the TF1 newscast, the interpreter of Papoutai made the public dance on its title Healtha track from his next album due out in March.
Check out the highlights of the evening below:
The last reward of the evening went to Ben Mazué and his Paradis Tour. It was also the first Victoire de la Musique for the 41-year-old singer.
- Barbara Pravi, female revelation
The interpreter of So, title which allowed him to win second place in the last Eurovision contest, did not hide his emotion. She held up her trophy with a cry of joy. “The word revelation means that we have been revealed by someone. So thank you”, she launched towards the public.
- Heartalbum of the year
New Victory for Clara Luciani, the fourth of her career. Released in June 2021, his second album Heart sold more than 155,000 copies.
- Jvlivs II, most streamed album for an artist
The rapper SCH, meanwhile, was awarded the title of the most listened to album on the platforms. He came to perform one of his songs, paranoid. “Dear audience, thank you for giving me this chance to come and express myself tonight. It’s a chance that many of my colleagues won’t be able to take advantage of”, greeted the artist in his speech, before thanking JUUL for having “united the two capitals” of rap on a record last year.
“I confess to you, I am a little embarrassed to hold this Victory this evening in the absence” of these other rappers who could have benefited from the same rewards, he added.
- ayathe most streamed album for an artist
“I am very honored to have received this award, thanks to the public”, slipped Aya Nakamura, absent from the ceremony, in a recorded message.
- Terrenoire, male revelation
The two brothers from Terrenoire, a name that refers to the working-class district of Saint-Étienne where they come from, dedicated their Victory to their family, their brother, their mother and their grandparents. The group, discovered in an Intermarché advertisement, even winked at Olivier Minne, telling him of their desire to participate in Fort Boyard.
- The smell of gasolineoriginal song
This is Orelsan’s third Victory of the evening. In this title, the first extract from his latest album, the rapper recounts the police blunders, the policies, the yellow vests or even the “sterile” buzz relayed by the media. A title strongly acclaimed by the public vote and which had not failed to make Emmanuel Macron react, according to whom Orelsan “depicts society as a sociologist”.
- Clara Luciani, female artist
With her disco and funky universe, Clara Luciani thus won her second Victory for female artist, the first being in 2019. “I always have trouble realizing when I am in great moments of happiness, but there it’s so strong that I dare say it. I am very, very, very happy”, blew, moved, the interpreter of Grenade. She was in competition against Juliette Armanet and Hoshi.
- Orelsan, male artist
It was Orelsan who succeeded Benjamin Biolay, best male artist in 2021. “Ten years ago, he won his first two Victories”, as Olivier Minne recalled. “I’m so happy. It’s mega, mega pleasure, “said the main interested party, whose disc Civilization was the best-selling album in France last year.
- Jacques Dutronc, Victory of Honor
It was his son, Thomas Dutronc, who came to present the prize to Jacques Dutronc, seated in the assembly. “I’m proud to be your son and so, so happy to be going on tour with you soon, even if he’s a little angry with me for making him work and getting him out of Corsica,” he said. says, not without humor, Thomas Dutronc at the microphone. Together, they improvised “a little song”: Do not do this, do not do thatemblematic title of Jacques Dutronc.
- never show that to anyone d’Orelsan, audiovisual creation
The first Victory of the evening went to Orelsan and his documentary never show that to anyone, co-directed by the rapper’s brother. Cut into six parts of about forty minutes each, the series broadcast on Prime Video tells how Aurélien Cotentin broke into rap under the pseudonym of Orelsan. An original series which also depicts a certain French youth entangled in boredom, and the world of music, this ruthless universe. “Thank you to those who voted”, breathed the artist on the stage.
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