The Belgian singer Stromae was among those awarded at the 16th NRJ Music Awards, which took place on Saturday in Cannes (in the south of France). He received an “honour award”. Stromae was also given two awards during the 2013 NJ awards last year. This year, he was nominated for two categories (Best video and Male French-language artist of the year) but didn’t win either of them.
The Belgian phenomenon with a unique singing style did, however, award the public with an acapella version of one of his songs, “Tous les mêmes”, accompanied by a four person choir. This is how he performs it when on stage at the end of his concerts.
Lenny Kravitz, also present in Cannes, also got an honour award.
For the French-language artists, Kendji Girac, the latest winner of the French version of the reality show The Voice, was designated the “revelation” of the year. His first album, launched in September, has been very commercially successful. His song “Color Gitano” was awarded “Song of the year”.
Daft Punk, not present, were given “French-language Group/duo of the year”.
M.Pokara, the most awarded artist in the history of the NRJ Music Awards, beat Stromae and David Guetta to win “Male artist of the year”. Tal was named “Female French-language artist of the year” for the second year in a row.
Internationally, British boyband One Direction were named “International Group/Duo of the year” while Pharrel Williams was named “International Male artist of the year”.
The Australian SIA got two awards, “Best International Song” (for “Chandelier”) and “International Female artist”.