This is the tenth victory for music in his career: Alain Souchon, eternal dreamy dandy of 75 years, won the prestigious title of best album with “Ame fifties”. As usual, behind the elegance of the melodies – bundled up with his sons Pierre and Charles – hides a certain gravity, like these young men sent yesterday to Algeria to wage war or the social elevator broken down today.
For the female artist of the year, we expected Angèle, but it was Clara Luciani who was crowned for her album with the predestined name “Sainte-Victoire”. In men – “the phallus category, artist with a penis” as the laureate qualified in his style always so offbeat, Philippe Katerine deprived Alain Souchon of the double (the third named was Lomepal).
“I am distraught,” said Clara Luciani, very moved when receiving her award. The 27-year-old singer from Martigues was opposed to Angèle, number one in sales in France in 2019, and Catherine Ringer, the voice of Rita Mitsouko. “I have a wonderful audience and I’m still going to cry …”, added Clara Luciani, her voice broken by emotion, which had been crowned in 2019 in the category “stage revelation”. This is the beautiful story of French song: far from the cliché of the meteoric start, Clara Luciani had to wait almost a year for exploding “La grenade”, her feminist hit.
Katerine therefore won the title of “male artist” on the heels of his completely crazy peplum album, “Confessions”. The stage performance also returns to him in this ceremony, coming out of a giant nostril, singing with a “boa” made up of surgical gloves inflated like balloons.
Pagny improvises a speech
The ceremony opened with an improvised speech by Florent Pagny, Honorary President, on the independence of the artists, who undoubtedly gave a few cold sweats to the owners of the record companies present.
“C’est va ça vient” by Vitaa & Slimane, then won the title of “original song”, awarded by a public vote. Vitaa praised “the Victory of the people”. The revelation scene returned to the energetic Suzane, while the album revelation logically fell to Apple with “The Faults”. Angèle, named in three categories, will console herself with the trophy for the concert.
In an evening where rap was a little forgotten in the nominees, it was the absent PNL duo who won the price of the clip with “Au DD”, shot at the top of the Eiffel Tower and which had an echo international.
Reform going wrong
This year, the winning categories have gone from thirteen to eight. The labels of the genres – rock, electro, world music, urban music and rap – the category “album of songs” becoming “album” simply – for better readability, according to the organizers, disappeared. But this reform, accused of lacking in diversity, cringes. “It’s true, we will have to work on it,” admits Romain Vivien, president of the Victoires de la Musique. “It may be necessary to further enlarge the number of voters” so that the panel of artists named is “more representative of the diversity and parity of our society”, said Franck Riester, Minister of Culture Friday evening on France Info , before attending the ceremony.
Female artist: Clara Luciani
Male artist: Philippe Katerine
Album: “Ames fifties” – Alain Souchon
Original song: “It’s okay, it’s coming” – Vitaa & Slimane
Concert: “Brol Tour” – Angèle
Audiovisual creation: “Au DD” – PNL
Revelation Scene: Suzane
Revelation album: “The faults” – Apple