Benjamin Biolay and Pomme were crowned at the 36th Victoires de la Musique, Friday February 12, during a ceremony that became a platform in support of the disaster-stricken live performance and the #MeToo movement. “It was not a very successful year for music”, dropped Biolay when receiving his first trophy of the evening, that of a male artist.
The singer-songwriter then tackled the “Deafening silence of the public authorities” faced with the situation of the music industry, in general, and the stage, in particular, weakened by the health crisis. “And now, the bamboche!” “, he shouted with joy by taking the second prize, the most prestigious, that of the best album, with the premonitory title “Grand Prize”. At 48, he has now achieved six Victories.
A spotlight for #Musictoo
The other long-awaited Victory, that of a female artist, ended up in the hands of Apple. This trophy is a big spotlight on the #MeToo movement, still emerging in the music industry and named #Musictoo. Apple has indeed described its “Arrival in the music industry” as “Traumatic” in an open letter published Thursday, February 11 by Mediapart. “From my 15 to my 17 years, I was manipulated, harassed morally and sexually, without being aware of it at that time of course”, confided the 24-year-old artist.
By receiving his prize (second Victory of his young career), Pomme wished a “Plus + safe + (secure) (music) industry for women”, hoping that they can “Reverse the codes” middle. “There is still a long way to go for women, black people, fat people”, also commented Yseult, female revelation of the year. The singer has always explained that she made the color of her skin and her forms a political weapon through her songs and videos.
Health crisis requires, the evening took place in a strange atmosphere at the Seine Musicale, in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), without an audience. Nearly 200 extras were however present in the room to applaud the live performances of the artists. Jean-Louis Aubert, Honorary President, opened the ceremony by singing on the guitar ” I was dreaming of another world… “, first words of a telephone tube with strong symbolic significance in this troubled period.
Jean-Louis Aubert challenged Roselyne Bachelot
In his inaugural speech, Aubert called on the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, to “Continue to take care of musicians, technical teams, show organizers”, until the situation returns to normal. Behind the scenes, Ms. Bachelot reaffirmed her support for artists, with AFP. “I am working hard day and night (…) to build a resilient model that will allow us to get through this crisis, she asserted. I am with the artists and I wish them a lot of courage. I am with them ”.
Biolay, he sang “How is your pain?” “, the hit from his latest album, in a very “club” version, in solidarity with nightlife venues closed due to the health crisis. One of the musicians in the orchestra also took the microphone to say that he had lost half of his income since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, demonstrators from the CGT Spectacle had symbolically occupied the Philharmonie de Paris, by deploying banners “Culture sacrificed”, “Government disqualified”.
Among the other prizes awarded, we will remember the Victoire d’honneur given to Jane Birkin, in sneakers as usual, for her entire career.