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News |  25 Feb 2015 21:14 |  By RnMTeam

Amit Trivedi and Queen are major winners at GiMA Awards 2015

MUMBAI: The Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) honoured the most deserving music artistes in both, film and non film categories at the GiMA Awards, which were held on 24 February at Film City, Mumbai.

The biggest winner of the night was Amit Trivedi for the film æQueenÆ. The singer/ composer won for Best Music Director, Best Film Song (London Tumakhda from Queen) and Best Music Arranger with Sourav Roy, also for 'Queen'.

AR RahmanÆs won two awards, one each in film and non film categories. He took home the award for Best Film Album for æHighwayÆ and Best Fusion Album for æCoke Studio at MTV Season 3Æ in non film. The Best Music Debut award in both, film and non film categories went to Armaan Malik.

In the film category, Arijit Singh took home two awards, one for Best Playback Singer Male for the track æMuskraneÆ from æCitylightsÆ and for Best Duet for the track æSamjhavanÆ, with Shreya Ghoshal. Kanika Kapoor received Best Playback Singer Female for æBaby DollÆ (Ragini MMS2). Divya Kumar won Best Upcoming Singer, and Shraddha Kapoor was awarded Best Celebrity Singer of the Year. Yo Yo Honey Singh's 'Sunny Sunny' from the film 'Yaariyan' was given the Most Streamed Song award for 2014, a category that was added this year after GiMA partnered with Hungama. Music composer Anandji Virji Shah was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music.

In the non-film music category, Zakir Hussain was bestowed with the Global Musician Award. He also won Best Ghazal Album for æHazir 2Æ, with Hariharan. æHaiderÆ won two awards- one for Best Lyricist for the track æBismilÆ by Gulzar and for Best Background Score by Vishal Bhardwaj. Best Pop Album went to Papon featuring Various Artistes for the æCoke Studio at MTV Season 3Æ album. Best Electronic Dance Track award was given to The Midival Punditz and Kutle Khan for the track æTwilightÆ. Best Hindustani Classical Album- Instrumental was awarded to Niladri Kumar.

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. The Mihir Joshi Band received the Best Rock Album award for æMumbai BluesÆ. The award for Best Folk Album was given to The Raghu Dixit Project for the album æJag ChangaÆ. Best Devotional Album was awarded to Shankar Mahadevan for æMy Devotional FavouritesÆ.

The evening saw the debut performance of AR RahmanÆs newly formed band- NAFS. Speaking on the occasion, the maestro said, ôFor 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.ö There were also performances by Ankit Tiwari, Arijit Singh and others. The performance by æThe S7- Super 7Æ was another highlight and comprised singers who have had hits in the past year including, Armaan Malik Shadab Faridi, Md Irfan and Hriday Gattani.

A number of big names from the film and music industry were seen at the event including, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Shaan, AR Rahman, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Bhushan Kumar, Armaan Malik, Manish Paul, Aditi Rao Hydari, drummer Shivamani, Neha Kakkar, Ankit Tiwari, Sonu Nigam, Mihir Joshi, Arjan Bajwa, Arijit Singh, Hard Kaur, Urvashi Rautela, Raghu Dixit and others.