“Grands Prix” for Benjamin Biolay and Pomme

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“It was not a very successful year for music,” said Biolay when receiving his first trophy of the evening, that of a male artist. And to tackle the “deafening silence of the public authorities” in the face of the situation of the music industry, in general, and the stage, in particular, weakened by the health crisis.

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“And now, la bamboche!”, He shouted with joy, taking the second prize, the most prestigious, that of the best album, with the premonitory title “Grand Prix”. At 48, he has now achieved six Victories.

Apple and #MeToo

The other long-awaited Victory, that of a female artist, ended up in the hands of Apple, who had a hard time facing Aya Nakamura, the most listened to French artist in the world. This trophy is a big spotlight on the #MeToo movement, still emerging in the music industry and named #Musictoo.

Apple has indeed described its “arrival in the music industry” as “traumatic” in an open letter published Thursday by Mediapart. “From my 15 to my 17 years, I was manipulated, harassed morally and sexually, without being aware of it at that time obviously”, confided the artist of 24 years.

Read the artist’s portrait: Apple, soft cracks

By receiving her prize, the second Victory of her young career, she wished for a safe music industry for women, hoping that the latter could “overturn the codes” of the environment.

This 36th Victory Ceremony will remain that of all symbols and all battles. “There is still a long way to go for women, blacks and fat people”, commented Yseult, female revelation of the year. The singer has always explained that she made the black color of her skin and her forms a political weapon through her songs and videos.

Without audience

Health crisis requires, the evening took place in a strange atmosphere at the Seine Musicale, in Paris, without an audience. Nearly 200 extras were however present in the room to applaud after the live performances of the artists.

Jean-Louis Aubert, honorary president, also opened the ceremony by singing on the guitar “I was dreaming of another world …”, the first words of a telephone tube with strong symbolic significance in this period. troubled.

“President, it is not easy these days, because the presidential has been replaced by the face-to-face,” Aubert quipped in his inaugural speech. Squeaking, he took advantage of “the presence or absence of the Minister of Culture” Roselyne Bachelot, to ask her to “continue to take care of the musicians, the technical teams, the show organizers”, while the situation returns to normal.

Support for clubs

Well present, Roselyne Bachelot reaffirmed her support for artists, with AFP. “I work hard day and night […] to build a resilient model that will allow us to get through this crisis. I am with the artists and I wish them a lot of courage. I am with them, ”she said backstage.

Benjamin Biolay sang to him “Comment est ta penalty?”, The hit from his latest album, in a very club version, in solidarity with the closed nightlife areas, due to the health crisis.

One of the musicians in the orchestra also took the microphone to say that he had lost half of his income since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, demonstrators from the CGT Spectacle union had symbolically occupied the Paris Philharmonic, by deploying banners “Culture sacrificed”, “Government disqualified”.

Among the other prizes awarded, we will remember the Victoire d’honneur given to Jane Birkin, in sneakers as usual, for her entire career.