It’s obvious to anyone paying any attention that Hubert Lenoir has been generating a lot of buzz since the release of his album Darlène, not even a year ago, which translated into a slew of awards at the 40th Gala de l’ADISQ. The young man – whose words, clothes and attitude invariably provoke polarized reactions whenever he appears in the media – won the Félix awards for Breakthrough, Pop Album, and Song of the Year (for “Fille de personne II”). This in addition to the Album of the Year – Critic’s Choice Award, which he won at the Premier Gala de l’ADISQ last Wednesday. Add to those the Breakthrough Award he won at this year’s SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal, and being a finalist for the Polaris Prize, and it seems official that the artist has been annointed by the music industry.
Eric Parazelli, editor of SOCAN’s Paroles & Musique magazine, met with Lenoir backstage at the Gala de l’ADISQ after he won two of the night’s three awards (see interview at left).
Among the other winners of the gala was Philippe Brach, who walked away with two major trophies, Author or Composer and Live Show of the Year – Singer-Songwriter. Loud, who won Québec Artist with the Most Success Outside of Québec at the Premier Gala, also won, unsurprisingly but deservedly, the Félix for the Hip-Hop Album of the Year. Pierre Lapointe won the Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary Félix for his album La science du cœur, while Klô Pelgag and Patrice Michaud each won Singer of the Year.
2Frères won the Duo or Group of the Year award, while the troupe of the musical Demain matin, Montréal m’attend won the award for Live Show of the Year – Interpretation. An honorary Félix award was presented to the mythical band Harmonium, after a very touching tribute.
For a complete list of the evening’s winners, visit the ADISQ website.