French female artist Camille received yesterday (Nov. 8) the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris.

French female artist Camille received yesterday (Nov. 8) the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter won for her second album "Le Fil" (Virgin). The prize jury was comprised of 18 media and retail professionals and chaired by French rocker Alain Bashung. "The choice seemed obvious to us," said Bashung when announcing the winner.

Ten nominees were shortlisted for the prize, included Amadou & Mariam (Because), Anais (V2), Bazbaz (Sony BMG), Bertrand Betsch (Labels/EMI), Pauline Croze (Wagram), Albin De La Simone (Virgin), Alexis HK (Musiques Hybrides), Franck Monnet (Tot Ou Tard) and Nosfell (Likade/V2). Those records where chosen from a longlist of 174 albums submitted from their respective record companies. Under the qualification criteria, nominated albums must not have been awarded a gold certification for domestic shipments of more than 100,000 units.

All ten acts performed during the Olympia show, which will be broadcast Nov. 17 on full-service public radio station France Inter and Nov. 18 on national public channel France 2.

The award was created in 2002 by Sylvie Peyre with the support of French labels trade bodies Snep and Upfi. It is named after the late record company executive Philippe Constantin, who died in 1996. Constantin was known for his flair in unearthing major talents such as Jacques Higelin, Téléphone or Noir Désir.

Last year's winner, Labels/EMI-signed Cali, also performed at the Olympia last night. He said the Prize helped him gain media exposure and boost sales of his debut album "L'amour Parfait."

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