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|Victoires de la Musique|
|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the music industry|
|Presented by||French Ministry of Culture|
Victoires de la Musique is an annual French award ceremony where the Victoire accolade is delivered by the French Ministry of Culture to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry that recognizes the best musical artists of the year. The classical and jazz versions are the Victoires de la musique classique and Victoires du Jazz.
The Ministry of Culture is the ministry of the Government of France in charge of national museums and the monuments historiques. Its goal is to maintain the French identity through the promotion and protection of the arts on national soil and abroad. Its budget is mainly dedicated to the management of the Archives Nationales and the regional Maisons de la culture.
The Victoires de la musique classique are an annual French classical music award event founded in 1986. The awards are the classical equivalent of the popular music awards Victoires de la Musique and the Victoires du Jazz. Most of the awards are for actual performers, orchestras, composers, etc. as opposed to the Diapason d'Or given to recordings - though there is an Enregistrement français de musique classique de l'année.
The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, some of the awards of more popular interest are presented in a widely viewed televised ceremony. The awards are the French equivalent to the Grammy Awards and the Brit Awards for music, and it is one of the major awards in France, along with Nuits des Molières for stage performances, and the César Award for motion pictures.
The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain", or "Britannia", but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show. In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held in the month of May. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most BRIT Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.
The Molière Award recognises achievement in live French theatre and is the national theatre award of France. The awards are presented and decided by the Association professionnelle et artistique du théâtre (APAT) and supported by the French Ministry of Culture at an annual ceremony, called the Nuit des Molières in Paris. The awards are given for French productions and performances.
The César Award is the national film award of France. It is delivered in the Nuit des César ceremony and was first awarded in 1976. The nominations are selected by the members of twelve categories of filmmaking professionals and supported by the French Ministry of Culture. The nationally televised award ceremony is held in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris each year in February. It is an initiative from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma which was founded in 1975.
The first Victoires de la Musique ceremony was held in 1985, and it was set up to honor musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1985.
The title trophies and nominees for each are established annually by the Board of Directors of the Association "Les Victoires de la Musique", which also refers to people who make up the Academy voters. In 2010, the Victoires were awarded by a panel of 1 226 professionals (musicians, artists, writers, composers, producers, record stores, video directors, sound engineers and critics) in a vote in one round. Voters are 40% of artists (performers, but also musicians, writers, composers ...), 40% of professional music production and 20% of other professional circles close to the world of music (agents artists, music stores, music critics, radio programmers ...). In recent years, some trophies are awarded by the public, through SMS voting, and since 2009, Internet: Victory "Group or Artist of the public revelation of the year" and that the "Song of the year".
SMS is a text messaging service component of most telephone, internet, and mobile-device systems. It uses standardized communication protocols to enable mobile devices to exchange short text messages. An intermediary service can facilitate a text-to-voice conversion to be sent to landlines. SMS was the most widely used data application at the end of 2010, with an estimated 3.5 billion active users, or about 80% of all mobile subscribers.
(Starting 2001, replaced by Male Group or Artist of the Year / Female Group or Artist of the Year)
Kassav' is a Caribbean band formed in Guadeloupe in 1979. The core members of the band are Jocelyne Béroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean-Philippe Marthély, Patrick St. Eloi, Jean-Claude Naimro, Claude Vamur and Georges Décimus. Kassav' have issued over 20 albums, with a further 12 solo albums by band members.
The Gipsy Kings are a group of flamenco, salsa and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France, who perform in Andalusian Spanish. Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish gypsies who fled Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing Catalan rumba, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. The group originally called itself Los Reyes.
Elmer Food Beat is a rock group from Nantes, France, formed in 1986. Their work is known for its raunchy lyrics. They were the 1991 Group of the Year for the Victoires de la Musique awards. They also co-created the annual Nantes music festival Les Rockeurs ont du Coeur with their first manager, Stéphane Cluzeau.
Michel Jonasz is a French composer-songwriter, singer and actor. His compositions include: La boîte de jazz, Joueurs de blues and Les vacances au bord de la mer.
Jean-Jacques Goldman is a French singer-songwriter and music producer. He is hugely popular in the French-speaking world. Since the death of Johnny Hallyday in 2017 he has been the highest grossing living French pop rock act. Born in Paris and active in the music scene since 1975, he had a highly successful solo career in the 1980s, and was part of the trio Fredericks Goldman Jones, releasing another string of hits in the 1990s.
Jean-Philippe Léo Smet, better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, was a French rock and roll and pop singer and actor, credited for having brought rock and roll to France.
(Replacing Male Artist of the Year and Group of the Year)
Henri Salvador was a French Caribbean comedian and singer.
Renaud Pierre Manuel Séchan, known as Renaud, is a popular French singer, songwriter and actor. His characteristically 'broken' voice makes for a very distinctive vocal style. Several of his songs are popular classics in France, including the sea tale "Dès que le vent soufflera", the irreverent "Laisse béton", the ballad "Morgane de toi" and the nostalgic "Mistral gagnant". However, with the exception of a recording of "Miss Maggie" in English and a franglais recording of "It is not because you are", his work is almost unknown outside the French-speaking world.
Calogero Joseph Salvatore Maurici (born 30 July 1971 in Échirolles, near Grenoble), better known as Calogero, is a French singer.
(Replacing Female Artist of the Year and Group of the Year)
(Starting 1997 until 2004, replacing three categories Female Révélation of the Year, Male Révélation of the Year and Group Révélation of the Year)
(Starting 2005, replaced by Group or Artist Popular Révélation of the Year)
(Replacing Révélation of the Year)
*Discontinued for period 2011 to 2013
*Discontinued and replaced by Song/Variety Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year
*Discontinued from 1987, returning back in 2001)
Discontinued 1988 to 1990
Producer / Arranger
Arthur Higelin, better known under his stage name Arthur H[aʁtyʁ ɑːʃ], is a pianist, songwriter and singer. He is best known in France for his live performances—four of his albums were recorded live.
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Alain Souchon is a French singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 15 albums and has played roles in seven films.
Alain Bashung was a French singer, songwriter and actor. Credited with reviving the French chanson in “a time of French musical turmoil”, he is often regarded in his home country as the most important French rock musician after Serge Gainsbourg. He rose to prominence in the early 1980s with hit songs such as "Gaby oh Gaby" and "Vertige de l'amour", and later had a string of hit records from the 1990s onward, such as "Osez Joséphine", "Ma petite entreprise" and "La nuit je mens". He has had an influence on many later French artists, and is the most awarded artist in the Victoires de la Musique history with 12 victoires obtained throughout his career.
Matthieu Chedid, better known by his stage name -M-, is a French rock singer-songwriter and guitar player. He holds the gold place in number of Victoires de la Musique awards, with 13 awards.
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Kamil Rustam is an American guitarist, composer, arranger, songwriter and producer whose musical career has made known as a prolific musician in many different styles.
La Caravane des Enfoirés is an album performed by Les Enfoirés, released in 2007. It was recorded during the show at Le Zénith in Nantes, on 27 January 2007.
"Foule sentimentale" is a 1993 popular song written, composed and performed by the French artist Alain Souchon. The song was released as a single in October 1993 and was the first one from his 1993 album C'est déjà ça. It achieved success in France.
Catherine Lara is a French violinist, composer, and singer.
The fête de l'Humanité is an event organised annually by French daily newspaper L'Humanité in order to fund itself. It is the largest popular gathering in France.
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The Globes de Cristal Awards is a set of awards bestowed by members of the French Press Association recognizing excellence in home art and culture. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented happens each February.
"RaelSan" is a song by French rapper Orelsan, and produced by Skread. It was released on May 30, 2011 as the first single from his second studio album Le chant des sirènes, and peaked at number 77 on the French Singles Chart.
Anne Gravoin is a French concert violinist and music entrepreneur.
Les Palaces is the thirteenth album by experimental French singer Brigitte Fontaine, released in 1997 on the Virgin Records label. The album was nominated at the Victoires de la musique for Artist of the Year, but lost to Zazie. The album features a collaboration with Alain Bashung, City, although Fontaine herself admits that the song is "a bit of a failure".
"Avec le temps" is a 1971 song written, composed and sung by the French artist Léo Ferré. It was recorded in October 1970 for volume 2 of his Amour Anarchie album, but the record label dismissed the song, seen as not fitting the general mood of others songs.