NRJ music awards: Slimane’s tears, Amel Bent’s baby bump, awards … what to remember from the ceremony

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The 23rd NRJ music awards ceremony was broadcast on TF1 on Saturday evening. Discover the full list of winners and the highlights of the show.

We had to wait 0:30 to discover the French song of the year. For this final prize, chosen by viewers by SMS and telephone, the victory went to Kendji Girac for “Obviously”. One of the songs that was heard a lot on the radio last summer.

Several highlights marked the ceremony of this 23rd edition presented by Nikos Aliagas live from Cannes.

Amel Bent’s baby bump

Amel Bent had recently revealed in “Seven to eight” the miscarriage she had known. She had announced to be pregnant during the interview. The singer’s pregnancy, several months pregnant and her belly well rounded, is now clearly visible. She is already the mother of two daughters. Resplendent, in a tight black midi dress and curly hair in the wind, Amel Bent won the NRJ music award for the French-speaking collaboration for “1, 2, 3” in a duet with Hatik.

Amel Bent, pregnant, poses on the red carpet of the NRJ music awards.

Amel Bent, pregnant, poses on the red carpet of the NRJ music awards.
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Slimane’s tears

Consecrated francophone group / duo of the year, for his duet with Vitaa, Slimane fell in love. The singer began his thanks with a quavering voice then had to stop, his eyes filled with tears. Vitaa came to his aid to console him. “I didn’t meet a singer, I didn’t meet a friend, I met someone from my family as if we had to find each other,” said Slimane. In echo, Vitaa thanked him for having “restored her confidence” when she “needed it most”. In his speech, Slimane confirmed the upcoming end of the duo. Each will then resume a solo career.

The absence of Adele on stage

For several weeks, TF1 and NRJ announced the presence of several international artists: Ed Sheeran, Imagine dragons or Adèle. If the first two were present, Adèle recorded her performance from Los Angeles. A magnificent version of his new single “Easy on me”. TF1 later released a short video thanking her French fans. The physical absence of Adele has been criticized by many Internet users.

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Several artists have changed live and often offered a special NRJ music awards version. Not a simple vocal copy of the single broadcast on the radio. Tayc, Angèle, Soprano, Clara Luciani or Vitaa & Slimane were accompanied by many dancers. The American rock group Imagine Dragons came for the first time on prime time television in France to sing their new single “Wrecked”. The group left with an honorary NRJ music award.

Naps, accused of rape, and rewarded

The NRJ music award for Francophone revelation of the year went to Marseille rapper Naps. Accused of rape for a few weeks, but left at liberty, he is still under investigation. This award has aroused criticism from a large number of Internet users. Naps has denied the facts on Instagram and he is innocent until he is convicted in court.


The 2021 prize list

  • French-speaking collaboration: Amel Bent and Hatik for “1,2,3”
  • International Male Artist: Ed Shheran
  • DJ of the year: DJ snake
  • French-speaking group / duo: Vitaa & Slimane
  • International collaboration: Coldplay and BTS “My universe”
  • International female artist: Dua Lipa
  • Francophone female artist: Eva
  • International song: Ed Sheeran
  • Groupe/duo international : Coldplay
  • French-speaking male artist: Dadju
  • Francophone revelation: Naps
  • Music Video of the Year: Vitaa & Slimane
  • International Revelation of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo
  • Francophone song of the year: Kendji Girac for “Obviously”