Anse Lazio wins Lyricist of the year/Non-English award

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The votes for the fourth annual awards have been cast over the last three and a half weeks and now it is time to reveal the results. We continue with the Lyricist of the year/Non-English and multilingual lyrics award.

The 2009 Award for Lyricist of the year/Non-English and multilingual lyrics goes to…

  • Anse Lazio of France

Anse Lazio wrote the lyrics to the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Performed by Patricia Kaas, Et s'il fallait le faire finished eighth in the final.

  • You can find the list of all award results revealed so far this year here.

The winner

This is the second award for France both this year and overall. Patricia Kaas has earlier won the award for Best female performance. It is the first time that this award is given out as in 2007 and 2008, there was only one award for Lyricist of the year. The two awards went to Saša Miloševic Mare (Serbia) in 2007 and Maria Haukaas Storeng (Norway) in 2008.

The pseudonym Anse Lazio is based on the name of a beach on the Seychellois island Praslin. Et s'il fallait le faire was the only song on Patricia Kaas' album Kabaret that he has worked on but he had previously composed the music to the song N'oublie pas, which was the closing track on Australian singer Tina Arena's French language studio album 7 vies.

Through the lyrics of Et s'il fallait faire (meaning And if it had to be done), the singer tells someone that she would do everything so that she is still loved herself. The tone seems to be passionate but can also be interpreted as desperate:

Et s'il fallait le faire
Je repousserais l'hiver
A grand coups de printemps
Et de longs mating clairs

Je veux bien tout donner
Si seulement tu y crois
Mon cœur veut bien saigner
Si seulement tu le vois
Jusqu'à n'être plus rien
Que l'ombre de tes nuits

And if it had to be done
I would push back winter
With big help from springtime
And long clear mornings

I do want to give everything
If you only believe in it
My heart does want to bleed
If only you see it
Until being nothing anymore
But the shadow of your nights

The complete results

Anse Lazio won this award ahead of Estonian lyricist Sven Lõhmus, who has already won the award as Composer of the year and for the Best arrangement and production.

  1. Anse Lazio (France) – 27.1%
  2. Sven Lõhmus (Estonia) – 22.3%
  3. Pedro Marques and Paulo Pereira (Portugal) – 17.6%
  4. Noa, Mira Awad and Gil Dor (Israel) – 16.6%
  5. Aleksandar Covic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – 16.3%

Karaoke version of the winning song with lyrics

The next award to be revealed today will be for the Performance of the year.

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