They are no exception to the rule. This Friday evening, the NRJ Music Awards 2022 started on the red carpet located at the foot of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. On their 31, Matt Pokora, Amir, Clara Luciani or even Slimane pose in front of the photographers. At the controls of the event, Nikos Aliagas, suffering, to give way to Camille Combal, bankable host of TF1 who we find at the presentation of Dance with the stars or Mask Singer.
Nominated three times, Angèle opens the ball with Love, Hate and Danger, his new hit. “Being there is a crazy thing”she says after performing on stage.
Soprano, landing with red hair, and influencer Just Riadh award the prize for the best recovery and adaptation at Soolking. After Orelsan’s performance on The quest – recorded beforehand since the singer was at the same time on tour in Nantes -, Santa de Hypen Hypen and Amir present the prize for International Male Artist of the Year to Ed Sheeran. An eighth NRJ Music Award for the interpreter of Shivers.
The eccentric professor of the current Star Academy, Yanis Marshall, then made his arrival on stage to make his show – more or less appreciated – and award the prize of French-speaking artist of the year to Angela. “Girls, we are always screwing the game and it does not sing!”, launches the Belgian who is not the only one of our compatriots to shine at the NMA. Later, the Maestro also participated in the show in his own way. Currently on tour in Canada and the United States, Stromae performed the lonelinesshis new title, in duplex from Vancouver.
During the evening, Orelsan received his very first NRJ Music Award, that of the French-speaking tour of the year but also that of French-speaking artist of the year against Stromae or Matt Pokora. Imagine Dragons wins the award for international group of the year, Alonso that of social hit of the yearLady Gaga that of the international female artist of the year, Lujipeka that of the French revelation of the year, Sofia Carson that of international revelation of the yearHarry Styles that of international music video of the year and David Guetta that of best deejay of the year.
For her part, Jenifer received an honorary award for her 20-year career from Matt Pokora. “You have always been sincere, sensitive, you are someone who has done everything from the heart and who has never cheated“, said the interpreter of Falls who won the award for French-language song of the year. With 15 titles won since the start of his career, Christina Milian’s companion is the most successful artist at the NRJ Music Awards. “At least I can tell my kids that I didn’t leave home for nothing.“, he declares.
The triumph of Big Flo and Oli
Present on the Croisette, Big Flo and Oli are the big winners of this edition with three prizes awarded during the evening with that of best French-speaking audio group and those of music video of the year and of French-speaking collaboration for Getting old with Julien Doré. “Phew what is happening. We are shocked“, says Oli.”There was heavy in front. This price, I did not expect too much“, launches in turn Big Flo.
“It touches me deeply”
But, what especially marked this edition of the NRJ Music Awards, it is the exceptional presence of Renaud on scene. Accompanied by Louane, the French singer, sunglasses on his nose and very weak, first heard the coach of The Voice Kids perform Mistral Gagnant alongside him before receiving an honorary award. “I am particularly moved to pay tribute to one of the greatest gentlemen of French song“, declares Louane adding that Renaud is a “model” for her. Remarks to which Renaud replied, trembling: “Thank you very much Louane, from the bottom of my heart. It touches me deeply”he says before recalling a prize he had received alongside Axelle Red, in 2003, for Manhattan Kabul.
A few hours before the opening of NRJ Music Awards, Renaud had announced on Instagram his big return to the stage after five years of absence. His tour In my strings will begin on January 24 in Avignon and will end at the Francofolies de La Rochelle on July 15, 2023.