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Robbie and Shakira sizzle at NRJ awards

January 22, 2006
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Thanks to its annual film festival, which attracts celebs from all over the world, the French city of Cannes is well-accustomed to hosting major names from the world of cinema. The picturesque destination was dancing to a different beat on Saturday night, however, after British favourite Robbie Williams and Colombian bombshell Shakira joined a roll-call of musical stars at the NRJ Awards.

Ricky Martin, James Blunt and the Black Eyed Peas were also in attendance for the glitzy event, but it was the cheeky chappie from Stoke-on-Trent who made the biggest impression, after he scooped the gong for best international performer. The 31-year-old gave a show-stopping performance of his hit single Tripping and also managed to charm several of his fellow musicians.

Robbie, who famously fell out with hip-hop star 50 Cent when they stayed at the same hotel in Germany last year, stopped to shake the rapper's hand on his way up to the stage, before offering him some friendly words from the podium. "I also want to pay respect to Mr 50 Cent in the audience," he said in his acceptance speech.

And the performer's fellow Brit, James Blunt, likewise found himself on the receiving end of some unexpected attention. "I couldn't believe it when Robbie introduced himself to me," revealed the singer afterwards. "We've arranged for my band to play footie against his when we're in LA, but I've heard they're good."

Shakira meanwhile set pulses racing when she performed her hit La Tortura in a sexy, figure-hugging black creation. The Latin beauty confessed to a penchant for rather more casual attire when the same track was named best international song, though. "At home in Colombia I can't just nip out to the store in my pyjamas any more," she said. "Too many people recognise me. And I love to chat, so I'd never make it home."

Among the other big winners on the night were Bob Geldof, who received an honorary gong for his efforts to combat world poverty, and Madonna, who won the trophy for best international female artist.

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Robbie shows his delight after adding another gong to his collection. The singer made a special effort to heal his rift with US hip-hop star 50 CentPhoto: © AFPy
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Colombian star Shakira won the trophy for best international songPhoto: © AFP

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