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Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
(born 30 July 1973)[2] is an Indian musician, singer, composer, music producer, recordist, music programmer, live performer and actor. He sings in Hindi
Hindi
and Kannada
Kannada
language films. He has also sung in Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Tulu, Assamese, Odia, Nepali, Maithili and various Indian languages. He has also released Indian pop
Indian pop
albums and acted in a number of films.[3] He has been one of the highest paid Indian singers.[4][5]

Contents

1 Early life and background 2 Singing and composing work 3 Work in Kannada 4 Work as a host and celebrity judge 5 Film and voice-over acting 6 Awards and honors 7 Filmography as composer 8 Discography 9 Filmography

9.1 Animated films

10 Controversies 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

Early life and background[edit]

Sonu Agam Kumar Nigam was born on 30 July 1973 to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam in a Kayastha
Kayastha
family, in the city of Faridabad, Haryana.[6] His sister Teesha Nigam is also a professional singer.[7] Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi's song "Kya hua tera wada".[8][9] From then on, Nigam accompanied his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. He moved to Mumbai
Mumbai
with his father to begin his Bollywood
Bollywood
singing career at the age of 18.[10] He was trained by Hindustani classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.[11] Nigam married Madhurima Mishra on 15 February 2002.[12] He has a son called Neevan.[13] Singing and composing work[edit]

Nigam performing at live concert in 2012

He has recorded Romantic, Rock, Sad, and Patriotic songs in: Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chhattisgarhi, English, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tulu and Urdu.[10] Nigam has released pop albums in Hindi, Kannada, Odia, Chhattisgarhi and Punjabi, as well as Hindu
Hindu
and Islamic devotional albums. He has released several Buddhist albums. Nigam has performed in countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. In May–June 2007, he participated in The Incredibles tour with Asha Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala, and Kailash Kher. In September–October of the same year, he gave solo concerts titled Simply Sonu in Canada and Germany, the first Indian singer to do so.[14] In April 2008, he toured India promoting his Punjabi single "Punjabi Please".[15] Nigam's first film song as a playback singer was for Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He then began making radio commercials and also acted in some of them.[citation needed] His first released song was "O Aasman Wale" from the movie Aaja Meri Jaan (1992). Sonu had also sung title Track Of Aaja Meri Jaan. But it Was Dubbed By SP Balasubramaniam. He released his first album "Rafi Ki Yaadein" in 1992. After this he sung in some movies included as Muqabla (1993), Meherban (1993), Shabnam
Shabnam
(1993), Aag (1994), Khuddar (1994), Hulchul (1994), Stuntman
Stuntman
(1994), Ramjaane (1995), Gaddar (1995) etc. Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
was supposed to playback the song "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh" from 1942 A Love Story and Sonu was the first choice of RD Burman for this song but unfortunately this song was recorded by Kumar Sanu. He began hosting the TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma
Sa Re Ga Ma
in 1995 and sang "Accha Sila Diya" for the film Bewafa Sanam and got a big success through this song. In the same year.[10] he sang the Anu Malik-composed song "Sandese Aate Hai" in Border and performed the Nadeem-Shravan-composed song "Yeh Dil Deewana" in Pardes in 1997. Nigam's album Deewana, with music directed by Sajid-Wajid, was released by T-Series
T-Series
in 1999.[10] Nigam provided playback singing for Hindi
Hindi
movies including the title song for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho
Kal Ho Naa Ho
in 2003 and "Abhi Mujhme Kahin" for Agneepath in 2012.[citation needed] He composed the title track of the film Singh Saab The Great
Singh Saab The Great
in 2013 and has also composed music for other films including: Sooper Se Ooper and Jal, in collaboration with percussionist Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh
in the same year.[citation needed] Nigam has released albums of Mohammed Rafi's songs including Rafi Ki Yaadein a collection early in his career, which was re-released in Rafi's memory in September 2007 as a six-disc collection of 100 songs, titled Kal Aaj Aur Kal.[16] In 2008, soon after releasing Classically Mild, he released a single Punjabi track entitled "Punjabi Please"[17] and Rafi Resurrected, a two-disc collection of Rafi songs with music by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He contributed to the lyrics of several songs and directed the music for his album Chanda Ki Doli. Sonu has always been loved and respected by the Bollywood
Bollywood
industry. Among the new generation of singers Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
loves Sonu the most.[18] Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan
has been always seen heaping praises on Sonu whom he considers as an true artiste.[19][20] Shankar Mahadevan considers Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
as his favorite singer in recent times.[21] Music director Himesh Reshammiya
Himesh Reshammiya
also believes that Sonu is the best singer in the industry.[22] Filmmaker Shirish Kunder
Shirish Kunder
is full of praises for Sonu.[23]. Singing sensation Armaan Malik
Armaan Malik
idolizes Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
as his God and Guru draws a lot of inspiration from him.[24] After the death of Michael Jackson, Nigam released a song as a tribute to Jackson which was included on the tribute album The Beat of Our Hearts.[25] In November 2007, at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye", with the Harvard College Sangeet.[26] In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) . This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma
Sa Re Ga Ma
on Rafi Resurrected.[27] He participated in a US tour with Sunidhi Chauhan
Sunidhi Chauhan
in 2009 called The Explosion 2009 tour and in a UK tour titled All Izz Well in November 2010. In 2011, Nigam collaborated with Kakas Entertainment and Laxmikant-Pyarelal for a Maestros Concert
Concert
performing Mohammed Rafi songs.[28] In 2011 Nigam collaborated with Britney Spears
Britney Spears
on a remix of her "I Wanna Go" track,[29][30] and with DJ Avicii
Avicii
on his song "Indian Levels" produced by Avicii
Avicii
in 2012.[31] In 2014 Nigam released an online only track, "Trini Ladki".[citation needed] He was ranked the Number 1 artist on the US Billboard Uncharted charts twice in September and October 2013.[32][33] In September 2015 Nigam recorded a song with the music director Khayyam
Khayyam
for the upcoming project titled Gulam Bandhu.[34] Work in Kannada[edit]

Nigam performing at the live concert in 2014

Nigam's first song in Kannada
Kannada
was in 1996 for the film Jeevanadhi. The song "Yello Yaro Hego" was composed by Saluri Koteswara Rao with lyrics by R. N. Jayagopal. Nigam has since sung over 600 Kannada songs.[35] He is known as the Golden Singer
Singer
Of Karnataka.[36][37][38] His songs include "Cheluve Yeke Bande" from the film Majnu composed by Gurukiran; "Titanic Heroine nee nanna cheluve" from the film Snehaloka; the title track from the film Monalisa composed by Valisha Sandeep;[39] "Hamsave Hamsave" from the film Gatti mela composed by Hamsalekha, "Kannale Kannale" from the film Aham Premasmi composed by V.Ravichandran[40] and "Baaninda Baa Chandira from the movie Kanti composed by Gurukiran. The 2006 film Mungaru Male
Mungaru Male
created a sensation and spawned several records, mainly in Karnataka.[41][42] The songs "Mungaru Maleye" and "Anisuthide" were composed by Mano Murthy and written by Yogaraj Bhat
Yogaraj Bhat
and Jayant Kaikini
Jayant Kaikini
respectively. Nigam has said that he finds Kannada
Kannada
songs more fulfilling than the Hindi
Hindi
numbers.[43] In an interview with Deccan Herald he said "Kannada songs make me feel positive".[44] He went on to say: "I highly respect the musicians of Karnataka
Karnataka
and many of my favourite songs are in Kannada. I consider Bangalore
Bangalore
as my second birthplace. Even if someone requests me to sing a Kannada
Kannada
song while I'm performing in the West Indies, I will sing it for them".[35]

Sonu Nigaam during a Peace Rally in Mumbai
Mumbai
on 20 November 2011

From the same Mungaru Male
Mungaru Male
combination, composer Murthy, lyricist Kaikini and Nigam got together to record a Kannada
Kannada
album Neene Bari Neene produced by Ashok Kheny. Videos for the songs "Neene Bari Neene" and "Baa Nodu Gelathi" were shot on the outskirts of Bengaluru featuring Nigam and model Madhuri Bhattacharya
Madhuri Bhattacharya
in the lead.[45][46] Nigam also composed a theme song for the Karnataka
Karnataka
Bulldozers team in the Celebrity Cricket League
Celebrity Cricket League
and sang it with Kunal Ganjawala
Kunal Ganjawala
and Sowmya Raoh, who also penned the lyrics.[47] Work as a host and celebrity judge[edit] Nigam was the host of Sa Re Ga Ma
Sa Re Ga Ma
music show from 1995 until 1999.[48] He returned on Sa Re Ga Ma
Sa Re Ga Ma
Pa L'il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar
Suresh Wadkar
in October 2007. Nigam was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma
Sa Re Ga Ma
Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009 . Nigam hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus
Star Plus
in 2002. He appeared as the judge on Indian Idol
Indian Idol
in seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006), and was a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).[citation needed] In 2006, Nigam hosted Life Ki Dhun with Sonu Nigaam on Radiocity 91.1 FM, interviewing musicians.[49] He appeared as a celebrity judge on Amul STAR Voice of India in August 2007 (Season 1) and in December 2008 (Season 2), and on the grand finale of music reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star on 12 July 2008. Nigam was a judge/mentor on Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz (July – October, 2010) with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and was a judge/mentor on the first season of X Factor (India)
X Factor (India)
(29 May – 2 September 2011) along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
and Shreya Ghoshal.[48] On 23 August 2015, he appeared on "The Anupam Kher Show" sharing his life experiences. Currently he is one of the three judges of Indian Idol 2016–17. Film and voice-over acting[edit] Nigam's acting career[50] started as a child in films including Betaab (1983). As an adult, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote
Kash Aap Hamare Hote
and Love in Nepal. He has been signed to be in Ankhon Ankhon Mein, about a blind singer.[51] Nigam provided the voice for the lead character, in the Hindi
Hindi
translated version of Aladdin.[52] Awards and honors[edit]

2017 Haryana
Haryana
Gaurav Samman by Haryana
Haryana
Government, Government of India[53] 2017 Royal Stag Mirchi Music award for Best Non-film song 'Aye Jahaan Aasma' 2016 Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer
Singer
jal best [52] 2015 Oscar 2015 nomination list "Jal" Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
and Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh
for their rustic compositions for the drama f ilm 2015 Socialathon Person of the Year [53] 2014 MMASouth Best Male Vocalist Kannada 2013 MTV Video and Music Award 2013 for Best Male Vocalist for Abhi Mujhme Kahin 2014 MMASouth Best Male Vocalist Kannada[54]

2013 Zee Cinema Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath 2013 Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath 2013 Royal Stag Mirchi Music Award for Best Male Vocalist for the song Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath 2012–2013 Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Awards South
– Best Playback Singer
Singer
Male for the song "Chendutiya Pakkadali" from the movie Drama.[55] 2012 Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer 2012 GIMA for Best Global Indian Collaboration – This Is It ft Jermaine Jackson *2011 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award)for MTV Youth Icon. 2011 Gitanjali WoW Award for Live Personality(Music). 2010 – Global Indian Music Award for Best Live Performer (Male)[56] 2010 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Best Live Performer Male. 2010 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Most Popular Song – All Izz Well. 2010 Amar Rishtey Award for Zee Icoon– TVS Sa Re Ga Ma. 2010 Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer
Singer
of the Decade. 2009 Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer
Singer
for Dil Mill Gaye title track. 2009 Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Yenagali, Mussanje Maathu 2008 GPBA (German Public Bollywood
Bollywood
Award), Best Singer
Singer
(Male) for Main Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om. 2008 Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Ninnindale, Milana. 2008 Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer
Singer
for Amber Dhara title track 2008 Lions Gold Award for the song 'In lamhon ke Daaman me' from the film 'Jodha Akbar'. 2007 Annual Central European Bollywood
Bollywood
Awards, Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Mein Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om. 2006 Bollywood
Bollywood
Music and Fashion Awards, Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Title Track. 2005 Indian Television Award Best Singer
Singer
for Miliee Title Track. 2005 MTV Immies – Best Pop Album, for his self-composed album titled "Chanda Ki Doli". 2005 Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music. 2005 Anadolok Award for "Chanda Ki Doli" album. 2005 Lion Gold's Award for the song Main Hoon Na from the film "Main Hoon Na". 2005 Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Dheere Jalna", from the film "Paheli". 2005 Teachers' Achievement Award 2005 Style Icon, MTV Style Awards. 2004 MTV Style Awards– Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
– Bandhan[57] 2004 MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Main Hoon Na", from the film "Main Hoon Na". 2004 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. 2003 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for "Kal Ho Naa Ho"[58] 2003 Apsara Film Producers' Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. 2003 Bollywood
Bollywood
Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. *2003 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Na Ho 2003 Style Icon, MTV Style Awards. 2003 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho". 2002 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the f ilm Saathiya. 2002 Bollywood
Bollywood
Music Award fpr Best Male Playback Singer
Singer
for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya". 2002 MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya". 2002 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya". 2002 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya". 2001 Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Tanhayee", from the film "Dil Chahta Hai". *2001 Bollywood
Bollywood
Music Award for Best Pop Singer
Singer
for the album "Yaad". 2001 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the f ilm "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham". 2001 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer[59]- Male, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the film "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham". 1998 Star Screen Award for Best Male Pop Artist. 1997 Sansui Viewers' Choice Award for Best Male Singer
Singer
for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border". 1997 Aashirwad Award for Best Male Singer
Singer
for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border". 1997 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".

Filmography as composer[edit]

Year Film

2016 Crazy Dil

2015 The Music Room

2014 Jal

2013 Singh Saab The Great

2013 Sooper Se Ooper

Discography[edit] Main article: Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
discography Filmography[edit]

Film Title Character Year

Kaamchor Sonu (Rakesh Roshan's nephew) 1982

Ustadi Ustad Se Raju (Young Mithun Chakraborty) 1982

Betaab Sunny (Young Sunny Deol) 1983

Hum Se Hai Zamana Shiva (Young Mithun Chakraborty) 1983

Taqdeer Shiva (Young Shatrughan Sinha) 1983

Krishna Krishna Sudhama 1986

Pyaara Dushman Manish Khadnya 1985

Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Vivek Saxena 2002

Kash Aap Hamare Hote Jai Kumar 2003

Love in Nepal Abby 2004

Navra Maajha Navsacha Guest appearance as himself in a song sequence 2005

Warning 3D Guest appearance as himself in "Takeedein" song sequence 2013

Animated films[edit]

Film title Original Voice Character Dub Language Original Language Original Release Dub Release Notes

Disney's Aladdin[60] Scott Weinger Brad Caleb Kane (Singing) Aladdin Hindi English 1992 1994 Gave both the speaking and singing voice to Aladdin in this film. Dubbed by Modi Entertainment.[61]

Rio Jesse Eisenberg Blu Hindi English 2011 2011 Gave both the speaking and singing voice to Blu in this film.

Controversies[edit]

It has been suggested that West Bengal United Minority Council be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since December 2017.

His tweets against making Azaan
Azaan
(Muslim call for prayer) through loudspeaker had landed him in controversy. In his tweet he told that Azaan
Azaan
through loud speaker disturbs his sleep.[62] Later he clarified that he is not against any specific religious ritual but against the use of loudspeakers on religious buildings. He clarified that noise pollution should be stopped, irrespective of whether it is from a temple or a mosque.[63] Later Nigam again sparked controversy, when he posted a video of azaan from his home which proved that he was indeed disturbed very early in the morning.[64] Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, who is the vice president of West Bengal United Minority Council announced a reward of ₹10 Lakh to anyone who shaved his head, and to which Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
responded with shaving his head.[65] Nigam has deleted his Twitter account on 24 May 2017, citing a lack of respect for freedom of speech.[66] See also[edit]

List of Indian playback singers

References[edit]

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National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer

1967–1980

Mahendra Kapoor (1967) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(1968) S. D. Burman
S. D. Burman
(1969) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(1970) Hemant Kumar (1971) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1972) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1973) Mukesh (1974) M. Balamuralikrishna
M. Balamuralikrishna
(1975) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1976) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1977) Shimoga Subbanna (1978) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1979) Anup Ghoshal (1980)

1981–2000

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1981) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1982) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1983) Bhimsen Joshi
Bhimsen Joshi
(1984) Jayachandran (1985) Hemant Kumar (1986) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1987) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1988) Ajoy Chakrabarty
Ajoy Chakrabarty
(1989) M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
(1990) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1991) Rajkumar (1992) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1993) P. Unni Krishnan
P. Unni Krishnan
(1994) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1995) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1996) Hariharan (1997) Sanjeev Abhyankar
Sanjeev Abhyankar
(1998) M. G. Sreekumar
M. G. Sreekumar
(1999) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
(2000)

2001–present

Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2001) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2002) Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
(2003) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2004) Naresh Iyer
Naresh Iyer
(2005) Gurdas Maan
Gurdas Maan
(2006) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
(2007) Hariharan (2008) Rupam Islam
Rupam Islam
(2009) Suresh Wadkar
Suresh Wadkar
(2010) Anand Bhate
Anand Bhate
(2011) Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan
(2012) Rupankar (2013) Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh
(2014) Mahesh Kale
Mahesh Kale
(2015) Sundarayyar (2016)

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Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

1960-1980

Mukesh (1960) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1961) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1962) No Award (1963) Mahendra Kapoor (1964) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1965) No Award (1966) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1967) Mahendra Kapoor (1968) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1969) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1970) Mukesh (1971) Manna Dey
Manna Dey
(1972) Mukesh (1973) Narendra Chanchal (1974) Mahendra Kapoor (1975) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1976) Mukesh (1977) Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
(1978) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1979) K. J. Yesudas
K. J. Yesudas
(1980)

1981-2000

Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1981) Amit Kumar (1982) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1983) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1984) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1985) Kishore Kumar
Kishore Kumar
(1986) No Award (1987) No Award (1988) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(1989) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(1990) Kumar Sanu
Kumar Sanu
(1991) Kumar Sanu
Kumar Sanu
(1992) Kumar Sanu
Kumar Sanu
(1993) Kumar Sanu
Kumar Sanu
(1994) Kumar Sanu
Kumar Sanu
(1995) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(1996) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(1997) Abhijeet (1998) Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh
(1999) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2000)

2001-present

Lucky Ali
Lucky Ali
(2001) Udit Narayan
Udit Narayan
(2002) Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
(2003) Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam
(2004) Kunal Ganjawala
Kunal Ganjawala
(2005) Himesh Reshammiya
Himesh Reshammiya
(2006) Shaan and Kailash Kher
Kailash Kher
(2007) Shaan (2008) Sukhwinder Singh
Sukhwinder Singh
(2009) Mohit Chauhan
Mohit Chauhan
(2010) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
(2011) Mohit Chauhan
Mohit Chauhan
(2012) Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana
(2013) Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh
(2014) Ankit Tiwari
Ankit Tiwari
(2015) Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh
(2016) Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh
(2017) Arijit Singh
Arijit Singh
(2018)

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