Grand Prix du Disque

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The Grand Prix du Disque is the most important French music award for outstanding music recordings. The award was launched by the Charles Cros Academy in 1948.


The award is comparable to the German Record Award (from 1992 Echo ), the Dutch Edison , the Brit Award in Great Britain or the Grammy in the USA.

The prizes are awarded in different categories that cover a broad musical field. There are prizes in the 16 categories of early music , baroque music , chamber music , instrumental soloists, vocal soloists, opera , modern music, world music , first recordings, instrumental and symphonic music, lyrical music, French chansons, choral music , blues , jazz and music for children. The divisions vary every year and the awards are often given for each individual category. Only recordings that have been recorded, produced or distributed in France may be submitted.

The Charles Cros Academy is made up of around 50 music critics , composers, producers, journalists, academics and festival directors, who are supplemented by other external experts who decide on the award of the award.

German award winners


  • Walter Haas, Ulrich Klever: Record Brevier. A small handbook for record collectors. Ullstein, Frankfurt am Main 1958.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Haas, Klever: Record Brevier. 1958.
  2. History (French), accessed on June 13, 2014.
  3. Clemens Zimmermann, Rainer Hudemann, Michael Kuderna (eds.): Media landscape Saar from 1945 to the present. Vol. 1. Oldenbourg, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-486-59170-5 , p. 209.