BRITNEY SPEARS’ comeback album BLACKOUT has been named album of the year by French radio station NRJ.
The ceremony, which took place on Saturday (26Jan08) in Cannes, praised the troubled star’s latest effort, which fought off competition from Amy Winehouse, Mika, James Blunt and Rihanna.
The awards also saw Justin Timberlake and Avril Lavigne honored, landing gongs for best International Male and Female respectively.
R&B star Rihanna, who picked up International Song of the Year for Don’t Stop The Music, debuted a new shorter hairstyle at the French ceremony.
Winehouse, who was up for International Revelation and International Album, was scheduled to perform at the event – but was unable to honor the appearance after she was admitted to rehab in London on Thursday (24Jan08).
The winners are:
Francophone Revelation of the Year: Christophe Willem
International Revelation of the Year – MIKA Francophone
Female Artist of the Year: Jenifer
International Female Artist of the Year: Avril Lavigne
Francophone Male Artist of the Year: Christophe Mai
International Male Artist of the Year: Justin Timberlake
Francophone Group/Duo of the Year: Superbus
International Group/Duo of the Year: Tokio Hotel
International Song of the Year: Rihanna – Don’t Stop the Music
Francophone Album of the Year: Christophe Willem – Inventaire
International Album of the Year: Britney Spears Blackout
Music Video of the Year: Fatal Bazooka – Parle ` ma main