We were waiting for Angèle, but it was Clara Luciani who was crowned “female artist” at the Victoires de la Musique on Friday with her album with the predestined name “Sainte-Victoire”. Among men, Philippe Katerine who won in front of Alain Souchon and Lomepal.
“I am distraught,” said Clara Luciani, very moved when receiving her award. The 14 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 was crowned last year in the “stage revelation” category.
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” A daydream ” for Clara Luciani
“I have been worn by the public for a year. This price is ours. It’s a daydream. I wish all human beings to experience such mad joy. I told myself that Victories could not fall twice like lightning. It’s a happy lightning, of course! “. 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. But the recognition was long. “Sainte-Victoire” comes out in April 2018 and you have to wait near 12 months for “La Grenade” to arrive on the air. ” What are you looking at ? You’ve never seen a woman fighting. Follow me. In the pale city, and I'll show you how I bite, how I bark. ” Strong lyrics, on an electro frame, like years 1980 revisited, which hit the target.
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PNL, clip price
For male stamps, Philippe 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 of surgical gloves inflated like balloons.
“C'est va ça vient” by Vitaa & Slimane, then won the title of “original song”, awarded by public vote. Vitaa hailed “Victory of the people.”
In an evening where rap was a little forgotten in the nominees, PNL won the clip award with “Au DD”, shot at the top of the Eiffel Tower and which had an international response.
Alain Souchon, album of the year
Alain Souchon was notably rewarded during this short story edition, for his album “Ame Fifties”. It is the 10 e Victory won by this eternal dreamy dandy of 75 years. As usual, behind the elegance of the melodies – worn 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.
Suzane and Pomme, two revelations
Regarding the new revelations of this edition, it's Suzane, artist the most programmed of the festivals last summer, and for the album, it was Pomme, with “Les failles” who won the bet.
” I have the impression that it is not real “
” I am still in shock, “commented Suzane. “I feel like it's not real. I didn’t even dare to dream it before because, for me, the Victories were so prestigious and so far from me. ” She was in the running against Hoshi and Aloïse Sauvage.
With “Les failles”, Pomme – Claire Pommet – logically won against “Maëlle”, self-titled album by singer Maëlle, and “Tempéraments” by Malik Djoudi. The texts of this great fan of poet Paul Eluard and singer Barbara – who also feeds on feminist works or comics – hide nothing about his cracks, doubts, injuries. The album has a therapeutic aspect.
“A world that is closing”
This year, the categories awarded went from 13 to 8. Thus disappeared the labels of genres – rock, electro, world music, urban music and rap, the category “album of songs” becoming “album” simply – for better readability, according to the organizers.
This reform made teeth cringe. “It's a shame, it's a world that closes instead of opening up, it's a little sad,” regrets Martin Meissonnier, DJ, historical producer of world music. “There are few rappers and few women (none in the queen category” album “, editor's note), who appeared before in urban music – even if I don't like this term – with r'n'b” , adds Eloïse Bouton, journalist and founder of Madame Rap, a media dedicated to women in hip-hop.
Manu Dibango even denounced a lack of “colors” in Le Monde. “It's true that it lacks a bit of diversity, 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.