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Quebec star Ginette Reno wins big at ADISQ

Beloved Quebec songstress Ginette Reno was a mighty presence at Sunday night's ADISQ awards in Montreal, winning three Félix awards including female artist of the year.
Triple Félix winner Ginette Reno kisses one of her statues backstage at the 41st annual ADISQ awards. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)
Beloved Quebec songstress Ginette Reno was a mighty presence at Sunday night's ADISQ awards in Montreal, winning three Félix awards including female artist of the year.

Reno's latest best-selling album, Fais-moi la tendresse, was named the most popular album of the year. Reno's single from the album, also called Fais-moi la tendresse, was voted as most popular song.

"I want to thank everyone who voted for me, you were right!" Reno declared as she accepted her awards. "All the other nominees, you were good, but you still have time."

The Quebec crooner has been producing and performing music for five decades.

The Félix awards are given out by the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video (ADISQ) to honour the Quebec recording industry and its artists, in a ceremony similar to the Grammys or Junos.

The awards are named after legendary Quebec singer-songwriter Félix Leclerc.

Mes Aïeux wins folk album of the year

Nicola Ciccone won Male singer of the year. ((Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press))
Reno missed the first part of Sunday night's ADISQ awards because she was performing a show in a nearby hall.

ADISQ host Louis-José Houde showed up at her concert to interrupt the show and hand her her first award of the night.

Other winners include folk band Mes Aïeux, chosen as most popular group, while their album La ligne orange was crowned contemporary folk album of the year.

"We didn't think we had good chances, it's a competitive category," Mes Aïeux singer Stéphane Archambault told The Canadian Press after the show. The band beat out Les Cowboys fringants, Catherine Durand and Marie-Pierre Arthur to win the most popular album award.

It's not the first Félix awards for Mes Aïeux, who won for their breakout hit album En famille in 2005, and then again in 2007 as group of the year, bestselling album and song of the year.

Other 2009 ADISQ winners include:

  • Nicola Ciccone, best male artist.
  • Yann Perreau, best singer-songwriter.
  • Karkwa, best live show.
  • Pierre Lapointe, best pop-rock album for Sentiments humains.

With files from The Canadian Press