Monday, January 23, 2006


Shakira at the NRJ AwardsWe've been trying to puzzle out the rationale behind the NRJ Music awards, France's main prizes of the season. It seems they choose the international winners carefully - big names, but past their prime. It brings a degree of glitz, but doesn't upstage the local acts. So, this year, Robbie Williams picks up Best International Male, despite his home country not even shortlisting him in that category; Madonna picked up Best International Female; and Shakira waltzed off with Best International Song for La Tortura. Yes, that's the best song of 12 months not made by someone from France.

Bob Geldof, the little wag, praised the organiser's "good taste" in presenting him with a prize for Live8, an event he put together last year to boost his value on the after-dinner speech circuit.

The winners, in full, then:

Best album: Myelene Farmer - Un Homme Sans Racines
International: Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business
Best female artist: Jenifer
International: Madonna
Best male artist: Raphael
International: Robbie Williams
Best song: M Pokora - Elle me controle
International: Shakira - La Tortura
Video of the year: M Pokora - Elle me controle
Group of the year: Le Roi Soleil
International: Black Eyed Peas
Revelation of the year: Gregory Lemarchal
International: James Blunt