Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Globes de Cristal Art et Culture: Louis Bertignac & Izia
Another award ceremony in Paris last night, this time it was the Globes de Cristal Art et Culture awards.
While the film awards get the most attention - this year the film Intouchables won Best Film and Best actor award for Omar Sy, the awards recognise achievement cross the artistic spectrum, with thearre, literature, music, TV and exhibitions recognise.
There were two music awards, one for male and one for female performance, this year being won by Téléphone and Shakin' Street veteran guitarist Louis Bertignac for his 2011 album Grizzly and the female award for rock singer Izia - daughter of Jacques Higelin - for So Much Trouble.
Both also feature in the long list of artists who released great material in 2011 but I didn't get round to featuring on the blog. Hopefully this year fewer releases will slip through my critical net.
The female shortlist also featured Brigitte, Camille, Nolwenn Leroy and Catherin Ringer, the male shortlist featured Thomas Dutronc, Cascadeur, Julien Doré and Joey Starr.
The ceremony was broadcast on France 3, a shortlist of five being drawn up in the 12 categories by a group of journalists presided over by a president, which this year was broadcaster and Libération director Nicolas Demorand.
The awards have been running since 2006. Previous music category winners include Thomas Dutronc, Anaïs and Julien Doré. Last year's winners were Yael Naïm and Ben l'Oncle Soul.
The French awards season continues with the César cinema awards later this month and the Victoires de la Musique ceremony on March 3.