With three awards, singer/songwriter Raphaël dominated France's music awards ceremony Les Victoires de la Musique on Saturday (March 4), in a show which heralded the rise of the new French scene.

With three awards, singer/songwriter Raphaël dominated France's music awards ceremony Les Victoires de la Musique on Saturday (March 4), in a show which heralded the rise of the new French scene.

The Capitol-signed artist won all the categories for which he was nominated: best pop album and best song for "Caravane," and best male artist. Released in March 2005, his third album "Caravane" has shipped about 900,000 copies to date, according to his record company.

Newcomer Camille confirmed her growing success with awards for best live performance by a newcomer and best breakthrough album for "Le Fil" (Virgin). "Le Fil," Camille's second album, has shifted an estimated 300,000 copies since its February 2005 release.

Other winners at Paris' Zenith concert hall include Juliette for best female artist, Amel Bent for best breakthrough artist, Louise Attaque for best rock album with "A Plus Tard Crocodile" (Atmosphériques) and Emilie Simon for best soundtrack with the score to "March of the Penguins" (Barclay/Universal).

Best album awards in world music, electronic music and hip-hop were respectively handed to Souad Massi for "Mesk Elil" (AZ/Universal), Bumcello for "Animal Sophistiqué" (Tô t Ou Tard) and Diziz La Peste for "Les Histoires Extraordinaires d'un Jeune de Banlieue" (Sony BMG).

Veteran rock band Noir Désir, whose leader Bertrand Cantat is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence for homicide, won the award for best music DVD.

The majority of winners were decided by an academy of about 1,000 members from all sectors of the industry. The best song and best breakthrough artist categories are voted for by the public.

The annual gala featured 27 live performances and was broadcasted live on terrestrial public channel France 2 and on national public radio station France Inter. It was dedicated to legendary French producer Eddy Barclay, who passed away last year.

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