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Diam's
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Diam's, here with Admiral T showing WOK LINE
Background information
Birth name Mélanie Georgiades
Also known as Diam's or Diamant
Born July 25, 1980 (1980-07-25) (age 29)
Origin Nicosie, Template:Chypre
Genres French Hip-Hop, R&B, hip hop soul
Years active 1998-present
Labels Hostile, EMI
Associated acts Sinik
Website http://www.diams-lesite.com/

Diam's (born Mélanie Georgiades on July 2, 1980 in Nicosie, Cyprus) is a French-language rap artist of French and Greek Cypriot origin. Her family moved to Essonne (near Paris) in 1984.

In 1998, when she was just 18, Diam's signed a development deal with BMG Music Publishing France. With the publisher's help, Diam's worked on her craft and signed with Universal Records in 1999. She appeared in a song on DJ Mehdi's 2002 album "(The Story Of) Espion".

2003's Brut de Femme was her breakthrough, reaching gold and spawning the top 10 single "DJ." In concert at the 2004 Dour Festival in Belgium, people threw objects at Diam's when she began singing. In 2005, she cemented her importance as a songwriter with "Ma Philosophie" -- a huge number one hit for Pop Idol star Amel Bent.

In 2005, she collaborated with Indonesian singer Anggun for her song "Juste Être Une Femme" (Just to be a Woman), which is featured on the French version of her current studio album Luminescence.

Dans Ma Bulle (Inside my Bubble) was released in February 2006, debuting at number one on the French album chart selling 50,000 copies in its first week. Diam's first single from Dans Ma Bulle, La Boulette (The Moron) gained immense popularity and airtime. It stayed at number one on the French music charts for 6 consecutive weeks. Her second single Jeune Demoiselle debuted at #4. Ma France à moi and Confessions nocturnes with Vitaa also proved to popular. Dans Ma Bulle went on to be the biggest-selling French album in France in 2006 and reached diamond status (1,000,000 copies sold). Diam's won the award for Best French Act at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards.

Diam's is known for her political activism in both her lyrics and her public persona; she is a fierce opponent not only of extreme-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter Marine Le Pen, but also of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

She is also known for her close relationship to French rapper Sinik; they have referred to one another as "brother and sister" and have collaborated extensively. She also has collaborated with Admiral T and has made an appearance with this reggae-dancehall singer.

In 2000, she converted to islam and in 2009 she started wearing a headscarf, explaining to the French Press, “Medicine was not able to heal my soul, so I turned toward religion”. She married a Muslim man called Aziz.

Recognitions

Year Award-giving Body Award Result
2004 Victoires de la Musique Rap/hip-hop album of the year (Brut de Femme) Won
2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 Best French Act Won
2006 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Album of the Year (Dans Ma Bulle) Won
2006 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Female Artist of the Year Won
2006 NRJ Music Awards Francophone Song of the Year (La Boulette) Won
2006 NRJ Music Awards Music Video of the Year (Jeune Demoiselle) Nominated
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Song (La Boulette) Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Rap Artist Won
2007 L'Année Du Hip Hop Best Album (Dans Ma Bulle) Won

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