Of course there is always suspense, even when you are the big favorite. How many artists, whose names were buzzing behind the scenes at the Victoires de la Musique, left without the famous statuette in their hands… The year when Christine & the Queens was nominated five times, she finally won two trophies.
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Yesterday evening, Friday February 9, at the Seine musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt and on France 2 , Zaho de Sagazan almost achieved the grand slam (Female revelation, scene revelation, album, song)… Four Victories out of five possible. Only that of audiovisual creation (clip) escaped him. But what does it matter to the one who says that “the greatest victories are rather the concerts, everything that[elle] do[t] for several years. And to add, “I was far from imagining succeeding in reaching the public. The Victoires de la Musique is something extra in all this madness, like a big hug from the music industry. »
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A very big hug. It is true that his first album, The symphony of lightning, is very successful. Above all by its singularity made of everything that the Nazairian singer has built around her love of song and electro. With both current texts – such as The sleepers, on the grip – and eternal love songs. With a dreamy melancholy crossed by dancing rhythms. With a deep, rather soft singing and perfect diction. Zaho did not steal his four victories.
Aya Nakamura pleases internationally
Quite rightly, the 24-year-old young woman was not nominated in the female artist of the year category, a Victory more intended for an established artist. Aya Nakamura is only 28 years old, but she has already released four albums and filled the Accor Arena in Paris in less than three hours last year.
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The Franco-Malian, born in Bamako, naturalized French in 2021, is not unanimously appreciated by mainly recounting her love life on urban pop mixed with zouk. But it is popular, especially internationally. Of the million and a half albums sold, almost half were sold abroad. This Victory is therefore deserved, especially for a ceremony which has regularly been criticized for its lack of openness to urban music.
A completely reversed trend this year, with five artists from urban music rewarded. Aya Nakamura therefore, but also Damso, for the concert of the year. It was difficult to miss him at the summer festivals, in 2022 and 2023, with a show which showed the great popularity of the Brussels native born in Kinshasa, whom many consider to be the best French-speaking rapper today.
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The Belgian rapper Shay won the Victory for best video and the Franco-Cameroonian Yamé, revealed at the last Trans Musicales in Rennes, that of the male revelation.
Finally, it is exceptional, the Victory for the male artist is shared this year by Vianney and Gazo, ex aequo. A beautiful symbol to see two of the artists who are among those who dominate the current French scene brought together, one from the rap side, the other from French song.