Victoires de la Musique

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Victoires de la Musique
Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the music industry
Presented by French Ministry of Culture
First awarded1985
Television/radio coverage
Network France Televisions

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. [1]

Ministry of Culture (France) French ministry

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.

Brit Awards British pop music awards

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.

Molière Award award

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.

César Award french film award

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 Text messaging service component

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.


Group of the Year

(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.

Gipsy Kings French-Spanish musical group

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.

Male Artist of the Year

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 French singer-songwriter

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Johnny Hallyday French recording artist, singer and actor

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.

Male Group or Artist of the Year

(Replacing Male Artist of the Year and Group of the Year)

Henri Salvador French Caribbean singer

Henri Salvador was a French Caribbean comedian and singer.

Renaud French singer, songwriter and actor

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 (singer) French singer

Calogero Joseph Salvatore Maurici (born 30 July 1971 in Échirolles, near Grenoble), better known as Calogero, is a French singer.

Female Artist of the Year

Female Group or Artist of the Year

(Replacing Female Artist of the Year and Group of the Year)

Foreign Artist of the Year

Francophone Artist or Artist of the Year

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year

Révélation (Newcomer)

Group Révélation of the Year

Révélation 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)

Group or Artist Stage Révélation of the Year

Album Révélation of the Year

*Discontinued for period 2011 to 2013

Album of the Year

Album of the Year

*Discontinued and replaced by Song/Variety Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year

Song/Variety Album of the Year

Rock Album of the Year

*Discontinued from 1987, returning back in 2001)

Francophone Album of the Year

Pop/Rock Album of the Year

Traditional or World Music

Traditional Music Album of the Year
  • 1992 : Nouvelles polyphonies corses
  • 1994 : Renaud cante el Nord by Renaud
  • 1995 : Polyphonies by Voce Di Corsica
  • 1996 : Dan Ar Braz et les 50 musiciens de l'Héritage des Celtes en concert by Dan Ar Braz and l'Héritage des Celtes
  • 1997 : I Muvrini à Bercy by I Muvrini
Traditional Music/World Music Album of the Year
World Music Album of the Year

Urban music (various)

  • 1999 : Panique celtique by Manau (as Rap/Groove Album of the Year)
  • 2000 : Les Princes de la ville by 113 (as Rap, Reggae or Groove Album of the Year)
  • 2001 : J'fais c'que j'veux by Pierpoljak (as Rap, Reggae or Groove Album of the Year)
  • 2002 : X raisons by Saïan Supa Crew (as Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year)
  • 2003 : Solitaire by Doc Gynéco (as Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year)
  • 2004 : Brut de femme by Diam's (as Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year)
  • 2005 : 16/9 by Nâdiya (as Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Album of the Year)
  • 2006 : Les Histoires extraordinaires d'un jeune de banlieue - Disiz la Peste (as Rap/Ragga/Hip-Hop/R&B Album of the Year)
Urban Music Album of the Year

Reggae/Ragga (various)

  • 2002 : The Real Don by Lord Kossity (as Reggae/Ragga Album of the Year)
  • 2003 : Umani by I Muvrini and Francafrique by Tiken Jah Fakoly (as Reggae/Ragga/World Music Album of the Year)
  • 2004 : Voz d'amor de Cesária Évora (as Reggae/Ragga/World Music Album of the Year)
  • 2005 : Dimanche à Bamako by Amadou et Mariam (as Reggae/Ragga/World Music Album of the Year)

Electronic/Groove/Dance Album of the Year

Variety/Instrumental Album of the Year

Album of the Year for Children

Discontinued 1988 to 1990

  • 1991 : La Petite Sirène told by Nathalie Baye
  • 1992 : Pierre et le Loup de Prokofiev by Julien Clerc
  • 1993 : Pierre et le Loup de Prokofiev recited by Lambert Wilson
  • 1994 : Aladin et la Lampe merveilleuse recited by Sabine Azéma
  • 1995 : L'Évasion de Toni by Henri Dès and Pierre Grosz
  • 1997 : Far West by Henri Dès (second reward)
  • 1999 : Émilie Jolie (2nd version) by Philippe Chatel
  • 2001 : Du soleil by Henri Dès (third award)

Original Cinema/Television Soundtrack of the Year

Song of the Year

Original Song of the Year

Musical Show and Concert of the Year

Musical Show

Concert of the Year

Musical Show, Tour or Concert of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Music DVD of the Year

Various awards

Sound engineer

Album producer

Studio musician

Producer / Arranger

Show producer

Record covers

Comedian of the Year

Honorary Award

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  1. La France Contemporaine - Page 176 William F. Edmiston, Annie Duménil - 2009 "Les Victoires de la Musique sont un concours musical qui a lieu tous les ans en France. Tandis que les Victoires de la Musique sont consacrées à la musique populaire, il y a aussi les Victoires de la Musique classique et les Victoires du Jazz."