A new generation of domestic acts is dominating the nominations listings for this year's French music awards Victoires de la Musique, which were unveiled yesterday (Feb. 6) in Paris.

A new generation of domestic acts is dominating the nominations listings for this year's French music awards Victoires de la Musique, which were unveiled yesterday (Feb. 6) in Paris.

Newcomer Camille takes the lead with four nominations, three of which are in breakthrough categories. She is nominated for breakthrough act of the year, best album by a newcomer for "Le Fil" (Virgin), best live performance by a newcomer and best song for "Ta Douleur."

Camille last November won the Constantin Prize, which is awarded by a jury of journalists to the breakthrough album of the year.

Singer/songwriter Raphael gets three Victoires nominations for best male artist, best album and best song for "Caravane." His album "Caravane" was released in March 2005 on Capitol and was the year's best-seller according to French trade body SNEP.

Also nominated three times is R&B female singer Amel Bent: for breakthrough act, best album by a newcomer for "Un Jour D'Eté" (Jive), and best song for "Ma Philosophie."

"This year's selection seems obvious to me and shows once again the good health and vitality of French creation," says Vincent Frerebeau, president of organizer L'Association des Victoires de la Musique and founder/CEO of indie label Tot Ou Tard.

Veteran singer/songwriters Jean-Louis Aubert and Alain Souchon (both on Virgin) were each named twice. Aubert is present in the categories for best male act and best album for "Idéal Standard," while Souchon is up for best album ("La Vie Théodore") and best song ("Et Si En Plus Y'a Personne").

Other multiple nominees include Bénabar, up for best male artist and best album for "Reprise Des Négociations" (Jive Epic), and Mercury-signed Zazie for best female artist and best live performance.

The ceremony is set for March 4 at Paris' Zenith concert hall. It will be broadcast live on terrestrial public channel France 2 and on national public radio station France Inter. It is anticipated to last more than three hours with 27 live performances scheduled. Frerebeau says the show is one of the rare occasions to feature live music on prime time TV.

"There are very few TV programs where you can actually perform live. This is what is exciting about the Victoires," says Jennifer, frontwoman for band Superbus nominated in the best newcomer band or artist category.

With the exception of 2006's newcomer artist award, the Victoires are elected by an academy of about 1,000 music professionals.

Frerebeau also announced the launch this fall of a specific Victoires de la Musique ceremony dedicated to world music. This adds to the already existing Victoires for classical music (Feb. 2006) and jazz (June 2006).