Why do singers spend hours signing their albums, especially at the time of the Covid?

Thomas Dutronc, Shaka Ponk, Greg Zlap, Vincent Delerm, Yael Naim … for Christmas, many artists dedicate CDs, books and vinyls to sell them themselves through their official stores. Beyond finances, the phenomenon allows direct access to their fans.

Wednesday November 18 in the early morning, Greg Zlap, the harmonica player of Johnny Hallyday got behind the wheel of his car, direction Rennes. It was not a question of going to give a concert but of carrying out an unprecedented operation for his fans. “I did this out of love for them”, he said. An original road trip that he filmed on his social networks. “After 350 kilometers of road from Paris, I arrived in the industrial zone of Châteaubourg in Ile-et-Vilaine, he recounts. After getting lost a bit, I pushed open the door of an anonymous building.»

Inside, in the offices of Dify (Do it For You) Music, the French number of music derivatives, the teams work for 70% of French stars. The hundreds of thousands of fan-ordered products are manufactured and shipped here in restricted-access warehouses. From t-shirts to vinyls and posters, the range is vast. “Our 30,000 clients are international artists like Billie Eilish and 70% of French musicians via their majors from Universal, Sony, Wagram to BMG, explains the founder and CEO of the company Emmanuel Lebarbier.

At 40, he also negotiates directly with the advisers of Mylène Farmer, Maître Gims, Oxmo Puccino and … Greg Zlap. In the offices near Rennes, the latter spent two hours signing and drawing a harmonica on hundreds of copies of his beautiful book On the road with Johnny and his new album Rock it. “Dedicating is what I usually do after concerts, it’s an important meeting with the public, he said. There is a way of saying, I can’t do more but I don’t give up“. Sold on its official store at the same price as in supermarkets, the copies are snapping up. “Some fans thought I would take a tour of France to deliver them to their homes by ringing the bell. Still not”, laughs the musician heartily.

If the shelves of records will reopen Saturday, November 28, we can no longer count the artists who have followed the example of Greg Zlap. Thomas Dutronc, Shaka Ponk, Vianney, Yael Naïm, Vincent Delerm … during the confinement, all spent hours signing limited edition products like vinyls of different colors for their official stores. Touched that their favorite artist spends so much time for them, fans order. It is all the easier as the artist announces the imminence of a special operation on his social networks.

Fans who watch Instagram accounts are one click away from their favorite celebrity’s official store. “Compared to previous Christmases, sales have doubled ”, emphasizes Julie Bernard who manages products derived from the label Tôt ou Tard (Vianney, Yael Naim …). “The buying habits of fans are changing dramatically. In the 15-25 age group, 80% of purchases are generally made on e-commerce, adds Emmanuel Lebarbier. Fans know that in these official stores, they will find something more chic, more VIP than on the Fnac and Amazon sites.»

At the end of 2020, most artists have their “shop” as we say in the jargon of music. Tryo just opened one just like rapper Zola. Aya Nakamura thinks about it. Her income from streaming is so great that she’s in less of a hurry than others. Depending on his notoriety, the artist signs a more or less significant number of products. Vianney with her latest album Let’s not wait and Shaka Ponk with his anthology Apelogies I know shave limited to one hundred copies. Collector’s products which are obviously already out of stock. The dedications also vary. This Christmas, at Tôt ou Tard, they are even more personalized than in Rennes at Dify. Here, the artist signs and adds the fan’s first name. Concretely, the groupies order online and the artist dedicates by scrupulously following a list of names which scrolls on a screen. But there are limits to the requirement of groupies. Unlike a book signing on a tour, the fan can’t expect long personalized phrases. “Agreeing to add a first name takes more time and to anticipate complaints, we specify that artists sign where they want, specifies Julie Bernard. In the first years, a few people may have complained – on the front it spoils the visual or on the contrary on the back it is a pity we do not see the signature – ”. In view of the time and energy that these dedications require, one should not be naive: if 10,000 autographed copies of an album are offered, it is obvious that the artist’s signature has been pre-printed.

The fashions of all these official boutiques and collectors’ products are here to stay. Because of the pandemic, most musicians who released an album this fall have lost 80% of their sales. Sums that they will not find because in the music, one album chases the other. To make matters worse, hypermarkets are reducing the CD aisle every year and platforms like Amazon do not share customer databases. In this context, artists prefer to open their shop on the internet. The margins are higher there, the money goes straight to them and they know exactly where the orders are. But above all, they have direct access to their fans. Their email is important to then send newsletters. Their mailing address is even more crucial. It helps identify fan pools and therefore know where to organize concerts. Where is the real sinews of war.

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The world of culture commits itself against the “global security” law

The text, which notably provides for a ban on filming the police in exercise, meets fierce opposition called to demonstrate this Saturday. Many artists and personalities from the world of culture are joining the fight for the withdrawal of “Article 24”.

A new series of demonstrations against the law “global securityIs planned today throughout France. Opponents of the text in particular demand the repeal of its flagship measure, which plans to restrict the possibility of filming the police, in a context made worse by new cases of police violence. The video showing a music producer, Michel Zecler, beaten up by the police, particularly moved the public.

Many artists have paid tribute to him on social networks, such as singer Aya Nakamura, who particularly thanks the presence of a camera to film the scene in an Instagram post. Comedians Kheiron and Ahmed Sylla or actress Alexandra Lamy also denounced the behavior of the police on social networks.

On the sidelines of the gathering, several personalities from the world of culture got involved with the #StopLoiSecuriteGlobale collective, bringing together several “unions, companies, collectives, associations of journalists and directors, union confederations, associations, human rights organizations, committees of families of victims, collectives from working-class neighborhoods, exiles, yellow vests», Details the call to demonstrate this Saturday.

The fight against the implementation of the controversial Article 24 has found a particular echo among filmmakers. The statement was signed by directors Pascale Ferran and Jacques Audiard – as well as the producer, also a member of the Club of 13, Denis Freyd – Catherine Corsini, Christophe Honoré, Julie Bertuccelli, Laëtitia Moreau, Lucie Borleteau, Malik Chibane, Alice Diop, Bertrand Bonello and Rémi Lainé. Actresses Béatrice Dalle, Corinne Masiero, Jeanne Balibar, Josiane Balasko and actor Pierre Richard also answered the call, as did comedian Guillaume Meurice, writers Annie Ernaux and Virginie Despentes, screenwriter Thomas Bidegain, producer Bertrand Faivre, publisher Stéphanie Chevrier and rapper Abd Al Malik.


“Classic moments” N ° 30: variations on La Folia

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Welcome to this thirtieth edition d’«Classic moments», Your letter exclusively dedicated to classical music and opera. This week, while wisely awaiting the reopening of our concert halls on December 15th, let’s be crazy! Crazy in love with Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Thomas Dunford, which take us with delight to the lands of the sweetest and most poetic English melancholy. Mad with meditation, with the last album all in suspended harmonies of Paul Hillier and his vocal ensemble Ars Nova. Mad about eclecticism with a Christian-Pierre The Brand which pushes back as never the borders and the limits of its instrument in Cello 360. Crazy about Wagner (yes, yes), with a Ring which will have been maintained against all odds, against all odds. Madmen hypnotized, finally, by theAkhnaten from Phil Glass at the Nice Opera, whose music and images literally captivated us.

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“The cubist, we only see that he is angry”

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THE FIGARO ARCHIVES – Paul Claudel’s collaboration dates back to the 1930s: these are travel impressions that he delivers, rich in his past as a diplomat. He never ceases to seek the expression of God in the art that surrounds him. We know his interest in Rimbaud: he was one of the first to see what is sacred behind the young genius. sacrilege. This same requirement guides his gaze on modern painting.

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Mr. Jean Paulhan has just published in the NRF on cubist painting two remarkable articles which have greatly interested me. He insists on character, he said, “sacred” of this attempt. And it’s not my fault that this word immediately awakened a memory of Rimbaud in me: “I ended up finding the mess of my mind sacred.” The enthusiasm of the authors of the movement, which had its apostles and martyrs, is not unlike that of the Byzantine iconoclasts. Yet these only attacked a certain category of paintings. While the cubists abjure everything which until now has been the very object of their art, that is to say the fixity given within a frame by the composition to a subject, to a presentation, to a representation of things, characters or events. Abjuration expressed not by a purely negative attitude and consisting in religious abstention, but positive and affirmed by the destruction of its object: thus of the zealots who do not

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Pauline Baer de Perignon, in search of lost works

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Literary director in the audiovisual sector for ten years, reader and co-author of scripts, Pauline Baer de Perignon has led numerous writing workshops. “La collection disparue”, published by Éditions Stock, is his first book.

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“It all started with a list of paintings scribbled down by a cousin I barely knew. On this piece of paper, Impressionist masterpieces, Renoir, Monet, Degas, exhibited today in the greatest museums in the world, all of which once belonged to my great-grandfather, Jules Strauss.

I didn’t know anything about its history, or about its missing collection. These few hastily written words would change my life, leading me from the Louvre to the Dresden Museum, from the Gestapo archives to the Ministry of Culture.

For three years, with my curiosity and a taste for enigmas for all baggage, I set out on the trail of my ancestors, in search of Jules Strauss, and of a story that has not been passed on to me. What happened in 1942? What was left of his collection when the family apartment was raided by the Nazis?

I am not an art historian, I simply wanted to conduct an investigation, police and sentimental, in the footsteps of my family, Jewish, despoiled. ” Pauline Baer de Perignon for the Stock editions.


President accuses Rosa Mendes ‘revu’ of having a racist speech


November 26, 2020 at 7:33 pm

João Lourenço, who was speaking today at a meeting with young people in Luanda, addressed the topic after the intervention of civic activist, Rosa Mendes, one of the participants in this initiative, where various sectors and organizations were represented.

Rosa Mendes, who approached singing before starting her intervention before about a hundred young guests, regretted that it was not possible to “bury Brother Inocêncio de Matos”, 15 days after the young man’s death, following a demonstration and addressed situations of discrimination that women experience.

In addition to the difficulties experienced by women ‘zungueiras’ and domestic workers, who are excluded from social support, Rosa Mendes also pointed out “modern slavery in the private sector”, of which she said she was also a victim.

“We are enslaved by whites,” accused the activist, regretting that the members of the revolutionary movement (‘revus’) in Angola, for having a different opinion, are not recognized, as she said is her case.

“I ask as a father that he is, help us, do not call us names, do not treat us like troublemakers because we are all Angolans”, he appealed, addressing João Lourenço.

Rosa Mendes defined herself as “a victim of the system”, despite her commitment to the battle for democracy.

In response, the President stated that he had not called anybody’s name: “You are the ones who call themselves ‘revus’, whether it is a compliment or a pejorative, everyone draws his conclusions”.

João Lourenço also said that “those who fought for the freedom of this country were revolutionaries and were very proud of it”, so being a revolutionary is not pejorative.

“Nobody condemns what they are saying, it is not condemnable, it is your right”, he reinforced, stressing that “the revolution must be a revolution of ideas”.

The Head of State, on the other hand, disapproved of what he considered to be racist statements.

“We do not support the behavior of xenophobia and racism of those who come to say that they do not work with whites. There are bad whites, but there are also bad blacks, there are very bad blacks”, he stressed, adding: “what we have to fight is evil, and not skin color “.

As for the intervention request to bury Inocêncio de Matos, he stressed that it does not depend on his authorization.

“This is just wanting to do a show, I know perfectly well what has happened so far and why the failure has not yet been buried,” he said, questioning the activist’s intention.

“The authorities prevented the innocence of Inocencio de Matos? Is that false. Did anyone prevent it?”


“Help us to know what tomorrow will bring”, Biolay denounces the vagueness on the resumption of concerts

If the cinemas and theaters are fixed on the conditions of their reopening on December 15, the announcements of the Minister of Culture remain unclear for the singer. Some representatives of the music sector even evoking an “illusion of recovery”.

Like a taste of déjà vu. Barely out of confinement, Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced, without going into details, the reopening of concert halls, opera houses and cinemas on December 15. But the curfew rule, which prohibits performances after 9 p.m., and the limits on spectator gauges should force many artists to cancel their concerts, if not their tours, some of which have already been postponed many times since the start of the show. health crisis.

The government silence concerning current music did not fail to react several players in the field, feeling once again neglected by the executive. “Although dejected, we will fight”, Declared the singer Benjamin Biolay, never stingy with a rant on his Instagram account.

«I have a very special thought for my many collaborators who relied a lot on this resumption of concerts in January. I spoke with many of them who admit that they no longer imagine seeing the end of the tunnel. The worst part is not knowing if the sacrifice of an entire corporation is useful. Help us a little to know what tomorrow will bring […] I wish you all the best in these disgusting times», Added the interpreter of The superb.

“The illusion of a recovery”

“Too many entertainment companies will not be able to restart on December 15 (…). Likewise, if the rooms are open but the producers are not able to produce their shows there, there will be no recovery, only the illusion of a recovery ”, also regretted the Prodiss, national union of musical and variety shows in the private sector, in a press release.

A recent study by the Oxford Observatory reports, however, that music benefited the European Union and the United Kingdom to the tune of 81.9 billion euros in 2018. A financial windfall greater than that represented for example by exports of wine or beer.

It also notes that this sector, of which concerts are an integral part, employs 2 million people on the Old Continent. Eloquent figures which in this health crisis, collide once again in the vagueness left by the government about the future of a music industry which is anything but “non-essential”.

SEE ALSO – Reopening of cinemas and theaters: Roselyne Bachelot announces a “tolerance” for the spectators of the screenings ending at 9 p.m.


Beste Bat! promotes the return of the performing arts in the Basque Country

The program ‘Beste bat Circuito de las Artes en Vivo!’ will offer more than 250 concerts and live shows over the next four months in Euskadi on the initiative of the Basque Country Music Office (Music Office), which has had the collaboration of the Basque Network of Theaters –Sarea– and funding from the Basque Government. As Aitor Bengoetxea, president of Musika Bulegoa, pointed out at this morning’s press conference, “this is very good news for the world of culture, since it will allow many musicians and artists to return to the Basque Country. Live performances have been a sector hit hard by the pandemic and this initiative is a great boost.

Although most of the events planned will be music concerts (80%), the program also includes plays, dance performances and circus performances, which will take place in more than 50 halls and theaters in Bizkaia, Araba and, mainly, Gipuzkoa.

Established artists such as Izaro, Belako and Ruper Ordorika, along with novice musicians like Hakima Flissi, Maren, Idoia Asurmendi, Verde Prato or Sara Zozaya they are part of the cast of musical performances. In the theater section, companies such as Tanttaka Theater, Markeliñe o Pirritx, Porotx and Mari Motots. As far as dance is concerned, reference companies such as Dantzaz y Kukai. Oliver Magoa and The Funest Troup they will offer circus shows.

Bingen Zupiria, Minister of Culture and Language Policy of the Basque Government, highlighted during the presentation of the program the importance of ‘Beste Bat!’ why highlights the Basque fabric of the performing arts «which has a lot of talentto and a large network of spaces. Furthermore, it will allow Basque citizens to enjoy live shows in the three Basque territories in a safe way, since all security measures will be guaranteed against the pandemic ». Zupiria has explained that through Beste Bat! It has been sought that these live performances reach the largest possible number of halls, stages and theaters in the Basque Country “to avoid mobility between municipalities.”


In addition to the variety of disciplines and its large number of performances, ‘Beste Bat!’ It will be characterized because all the performances are live, so that artists and the public can meet again in the halls and stages of the Basque Country. In addition, it should be noted that more than 70% of the performances will be carried out in Basque.

The councilor Zupiria remarked that «the objective is not to organize large concerts and encourage people to move, but to scatter them around many locations to bring the shows to nearby places and avoid mobility from one municipality to another«, So that all will be held safely, because it will be mandatory to wear a mask, keep your distances and avoid crowds.

The website www.beste-bat.eus offers all the official information and updated circuit agenda. Tickets for the shows must be purchased in each of the rooms that participate in Beste Bat!


Azerbaijan destroys Armenian culture: Farewell to Dadivank monastery

The Nagorno-Karabakh war is not a religious conflict. The cultural assets of the Armenians are destroyed in order to consolidate the Azerbaijani claim.

Armenians visit the Dadivank Monastery before the area is handed over to Azerbaijan Foto: Sergei Grits/ap

An Azerbaijani officer stands on the roof of an Armenian church, at the top of the bell tower. He puts his hands up in the air and shouts “Allahu Akbar” as loudly as he can for several minutes. His soldiers repeat this in chorus. This is how Azerbaijani soldiers celebrate their victory over Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh war. Several videos are circulating online showing how Azerbaijani soldiers desecrate Armenian churches in the regions they conquered during the war.

In Kubatli, Azerbaijani soldiers destroy a cross stone memorial while filming and laughing. A video shows a soldier removing the bell from the memorial, then turning to the Armenians via camera. “I’ll hang this bell on your mother’s breast, preferably on her nipples. And when your mother is dead, I’ll hang her on your wife’s or daughter’s tits, ”he says and throws the bell on the cross stone. In the video he speaks Russian so that as many Armenians as possible understand him.

On November 10, 2020, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which broke out on September 27, was ended by an agreement. According to the document, Armenia is losing control of all seven regions that surround Nagorno Karabakh. This does not include the so-called “Laschin Corridor”, which is five kilometers wide and connects Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh. Some regions in Nagorno-Karabakh also fall to Azerbaijan – including the city of Shushi (Azerbaijani: Shusha). Russian peacekeepers are supposed to secure the implementation of the agreement.

The pictures of the bombed historic cathedral in Shuschi go around the world. The Cathedral of Christ the Holy Savior was shot at twice by Azerbaijani forces during the fighting. After conquering the city, soldiers in Shushi also destroyed the church of St. Johannes Mkrtich.

“The actions of Azerbaijan show the decades-long policy of this country to remove all traces of the historical presence of the Armenians,” said a press release by the Armenian Apostolic Church in Etchmiadzin, the seat of the Catholicos, the head of the Armenian Church.

Unesco protests

The Armenian side has registered over 80 Armenian churches and monasteries in Nagorno-Karabakh alone, which were built over many centuries. Over 4,000 monuments are included in the state’s list of historical monuments. Among other things, they are dated to the ninth century AD.

As early as the late 1990s, the Azerbaijani government had Armenian cross stones in Nakhichevan destroyed and destroyed. Only Unesco protests prevented the destruction of the 1,200 year old Armenian cemetery in 1998. But in 2005 the Azerbaijani armed forces devastated the graves. “You are not only destroying the largest collection of Armenian cross and gravestones that existed, but also the rich sources on regional history from the 5th to the early 17th century contained in their inscriptions,” writes the Armenologist Tessa Hofmann in her monograph “Approaching Armenia: Past and Present”.

The Dadivank monastery complex in Kalbadschar is now also to be returned. Yerevan must surrender control of this district to Azerbaijan by November 25th. The monastery complex, built between the 9th and 13th centuries, is an important center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Many Armenians are coming to Dadivank again these days. They light candles, kiss the wall or fill bags with a handful of earth from the churchyard.

Many have come to say goodbye. You are being baptized. Some young couples get married quickly in the monastery. Father Hovhannes is not allowed to cry, he has to comfort his community. “Lord, have mercy!” He says and his deep voice echoes throughout the monastery complex. 800 year old cross stones and church treasures are said to have been brought from here to Armenia.

Azerbaijan also has a historical claim to Dadivank. Anar Karimov, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Culture, tweeted photos of Dadiwank and called the monastery complex “one of the best testimonies to the ancient Caucasian Albanian civilization” and thus also Azerbaijani heritage. He accuses the Armenian side of embezzling the monasteries.

According to an agreement with Russia, the Dadivank Monastery should remain under the control of Russian peacekeepers and the priests should continue to hold services there, as the Armenian Church announced. There is a saying in Armenian: “It is a consolation for the petrified heart.”

The people of Armenia are not religious, although over 92 percent officially belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. But Christianity is an essential part of the Armenian identity. The Armenian Apostolic Church is the oldest state church in the world. The Armenians are proud that their country was the first in the world to introduce Christianity as the state religion in 301. The church is called apostolic because its foundation goes back to the apostles Thaddäus and Bartholomäus, who taught in Armenia and are said to have gathered the first congregations.

The Armenian Church has a lot of influence on the Armenian culture. Armenia’s Christian heritage includes not only monasteries, but also manuscripts, liturgies and the cross stone culture. In 404, the monk Mesrop Mashtots created the Armenian alphabet, paving the way for the translation of the Bible and the spread of Christianity in Armenia. The language is also cultivated in the diaspora (around seven million).

Mount Ararat, where Noah’s ark is said to have stranded, is also a sanctuary of the Armenians. For them, the Ararat has become a symbol of their lost homeland after the genocide and displacement in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The biblical mountain rises directly on the Armenian-Turkish border, which is still closed today. It has belonged to Turkey since a decision by Soviet Russia in 1921. The Ararat is depicted in the coat of arms of the Republic of Armenia.

Because they were Christians

To this day, Armenians see themselves as victims. They were killed with Greek and Aramaic ethnic groups from 1912 to 1922 under the nationalist regimes of the Young Turks and Kemalists in massacres, death marches or forced labor, among other things because they were Christians.

The territorial conflict over Nagorno Karabakh, which has been smoldering for more than 30 years, is not a war between Christian Armenians and Muslim Azerbaijanis. It is more of an ethnic conflict, which is likely to worsen through the desecration of the Armenian places of worship and to deepen the hatred between the two peoples.

The non-governmental organization Deutsch-Armenische Juristenvereinigung (DEARJV), based in Nuremberg, documents the cases of destruction and degradation of Armenian cultural assets and monuments and tries to protect them according to international law. DEARJV’s lawyers have already filed several criminal charges with the Federal Public Prosecutor at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe for Azerbaijani war crimes. It involves torture, displacement and humiliation of Armenian soldiers and civilians. But also about vandalism and the destruction of Armenian cultural monuments in the conquered villages by Azerbaijani soldiers.

In an interview with the taz, Gurgen Petrossian, who heads the legal association, refers to the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. “Destroying and damaging cultural assets is not only a crime against property, but also against world heritage. That is why we have a common duty to preserve the cultural world heritage ”, says Petrossian.


Beyoncé tops Grammy nominations, ahead of Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa

The Queen of Pop has been selected nine times by the Recording Academy. Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and rapper Roddy Ricch complete the podium with six nominations each.

Most Grammy Award Winning Artist Fit to Confirm Her Status as “queenOf pop. At 39 years old, Beyoncé topped the nominations for the next edition of the prestigious American award, which rewards the most prominent artists each year. They will be awarded at the end of January after months of devastating pandemic for the music world.

«Queen B»Is ahead of two other pop singers, the Briton of Kosovar origins Dua Lipa, and the American Taylor Swift, as well as the rapper Roddy Ricch, author of the hit The Box: they each won six nominations during the 100% virtual announcements organized by the Recording Academy.

With 24 Grammys and 79 nominations to her credit, Beyoncé is this year finalist in the queen categories of Song of the Year and Recording of the Year for her album. Black Parade, released in June amid protests against racial inequality in the United States. In 2017, she had nevertheless seen the award of Album of the year elude her to go to the British singer Adele. This controversial choice had fueled criticism of an academy accused of not being sufficiently open to diversity.

Taylor Swift, holder of 10 Grammys but who had been forgotten of the Grammys lately, finds his side the favors of the American academy with his album Folklore and his hit Cardigan, nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

The Black Lives Matter movement in the spotlight

Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion, 25, recently honored by magazine Time as one of the most influential people of the year, also made a breakthrough with four nominations, including as “Revelation of the year»And as Record of the year for the remix of his hit Savage with Beyoncé.

The Black Lives Matter movement was also distinguished by the Academy: in addition to Black Parade of Beyoncé in the form of an hymn to “black power“, the song The Bigger Picture rapper Lil Baby has been nominated twice and singer HER I Can’t Breathe is one of the finalists for Song of the Year.

The two titles look back on the monster demonstrations that rocked America in June, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minneapolis in late May.

These nominations have put many women in the spotlight: Brittany Howard, between rock and blues and known as singer of the group Alabama Shakes, also stands out with five nominations, after the release of her first solo album Jaime.

Billie Eilish, who had won the grand slam in January 2020 by scooping up prizes in all four queen categories, notched four more nominations this year – including for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Four nominations also for California’s Phoebe Bridgers, including as “Revelation of the year».

Justin Bieber has also won four nominations, including his first distinction in the category “country», For his work with Dan + Shay on the song 10.000 Hours, just like rapper DaBaby.

«You owe us transparency»

If these appointments represent a new step towards more diversity for the Academy, the critics were not lacking on the social networks to denounce some “forget».

Like the lack of distinction for Canadian singer The Weeknd, who many expected among the favorites of this batch. “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry the transparency …“, Got carried away on twitter the author of the album After Hours.

Others lamented the lack of recognition of the kings of K-pop, BTS, distinguished only by a minor nomination.

In a world of music hard hit by the pandemic, with the forced end of large concerts as small stages essential to the survival of thousands of musicians, the interim president of the Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., dedicated these appointments to the resilience of the sector and to those working on the front lines in the face of the coronavirus.

It’s still unclear whether the Jan. 31 ceremony – with Trevor Noah as emcee – will be in person or more likely online, like many large awards ceremonies since the start of the pandemic.