Reuters on NRJ awards
Dido on Saturday added two awards to a bulging trophy case, scoring best international female artist and international artist of the year at France’s biggest music awards, hosted by European radio group NRJ.
“It’s all a bit too good to be true. I’ve had a great time tonight,” the notoriously publicity-shy singer said upon receiving her awards.
The night’s biggest winner was French rock group Kyo, who cleaned up four awards, including best French album, French song and French group of the year.
The award show got off to a hip-shaking start when Britney Spears, fresh from her rapid-fire marriage/divorce in Las Vegas this month, performed a crotch-grabbing rendition of her new single “Toxic.”
Moments later, Britney met Madonna on stage, their first joint appearance since sharing an infamous public kiss in August.
Britney presented Madonna with an award commemorating her hits-filled career. Clutching the award, Madonna said: “My ambition may be American, and I may have married a Brit, but my heart belongs to France.”
Christina Aguilera, who was also at the music awards, said she regretted not sharing in the kiss between Madonna and Britney in August.
“I would have been open and up for anything, but the music wouldn’t allow it,” she told reporters backstage.
Other winners on Saturday night included goth-inspired rockers Evanescence, who claimed international breakthrough artists of the year; Justin Timberlake, who scored best international male artist; and Blue and Elton John, who took the prize for international song of the year for “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.”