Pop act takes four Victoires.
With four awards, pop artist M was the big winner at the 20th edition of France's Victoires de la Musique, held Saturday (March 5) at the Zenith concert hall in Paris.
The Delabel/EMI-signed artist won for best male, album for "Qui De Nous Deux," performance and DVD.
Other winners included Nadiya, whose "16/9" (Columbia) won best R&B/hip-hop album; Calogero, who won best song for "Si Seulement Je Pouvais Lui Manquer" (Mercury); Jeanne Cherhal for best up-and-coming artist and La Grande Sophie for best up-and-coming live act. Electronica act Air took the best electronic/dance album award for "Talkie Walkie" (Source), and Belgian veteran Arno won in the best rock album category for "French Bazaar" (Delabel).
There was a tie for best album by an up-and-coming act: Daniel Darc for "Crevecoeur" (Water Music/Mercury) and Ridan for "Le Reve Ou La Vie" (Epic). Amadou & Mariam from Mali took the best world music/ragga/reggae album for "Un Dimanche A Bamako," the first release on Because, the new label by former EMI Music Continental Europe president Emmanuel de Buretel.
In addition, the show's organizer, L'Association des Victoires de la Musique, handed out four special awards celebrating the past 20 years. They went to Columbia artist Jean-Jacques Goldman (best male act); Polydor pop/dance artist Mylene Farmer (best female act); Alain Bashung's "Fantaisie Militaire" for best album (Barclay) and Alain Souchon's "Foule Sentimentale" for best song (Virgin).
The majority of winners are elected by an academy of 800 members from all sectors of the industry. The best song and up-and-coming artist or group categories are voted for by the public.
The gala was televised live on French public channel France 2 and on public radio station France Inter.