The 5th Gionee Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) powered by Hungama and Kelloggs Chocos took place today in the presence of the crème de la crème of the music and film fraternity, in a spectacular ceremony at Reliance Media Works, Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai.
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The ceremony hosted by Mika Singh and Manish Paul featured stellar performances by celebrated musicians and Bollywood stars including Atif Aslam, Arijit Singh, Pritam, Shraddha Kapoor, Benny Dayal with the Slumgods, Sonu Nigam, Ankit Tewari and Shankar Mahadevan among others. There was a special act by the Music Composers Association of India (MCAI) where Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkar, Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sapna Mukherji and Nitin Mukesh among several other stalwarts of the industry paid tribute to Anandji Virji Shah who received the Lifetime Achievement Award – Popular.
The ceremony also saw the debut performance of the band NAFS, created by maestro A. R. Rahman. Speaking on the occasion, A. R. Rahman said, “For me to give a platform to the next generation is my mission and this is one of the first initiatives to represent India internationally. The inspiration behind was Stevie Wonder. It has been my privilege to showcase NAFS at GiMA for the first time ever. ”
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Another highlight of the night was a performance by ‘The S7- Super 7’ an act comprising some of the most talented singers who have had hits in the past year including Armaan Malik Shadab Faridi, Md Irfan and Hriday Gattani.
Commenting on the upcoming awards, Mr. Arvind Vohra, CEO & MD, Gionee India said, “Music is a universal passion and GIMA is the only platform which is by the industry and recognizes the efforts of the artists for their contribution. As a brand we have always associated with music as this is one of the top most passion points for our consumers. We are extremely proud to be a part of GIMA as this gives us a chance to recognize the efforts off the music industry and the artists and technicians across the fraternity for adding melody in our life last year.”
Speaking on the occasion Sabbas Joseph, Director– Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “It has been an absolute honour to bring together some of the worlds finest musicians on a platform like GiMA. We’ve had the privilege of seeing greats like Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Usaad Zakir Hussain and A.R. Rahman on the same stage today. This is truly a great moment and one that will be treasured for years to come. ”
The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award – Classical’ went to Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia presented to him by classical legend Pandit Jasraj. The ‘Global Musician Award’ was bestowed upon music legend Ustad Zakir Hussain. Daler Mehndi took home the ‘Wizcraft Honour for Best Live Performer’ and a Special Award for ‘Best Music Initiative’ was awarded to the Red Bull Tour Bus.
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Queen and Ek Villain tied with 3 awards each leading the film category. A. R. Rahman won awards for Best Film Album for Highway and Best Fusion Album in the non-film category for Coke Studio at MTV Season 3. Armaan Malik won awards for Best Music Debut in both the Film as well as Non-Film category. Shankar Mahadevan won his first award ever for Devotional music.