Bajirao Mastani, Tamasha and Roy lead the nominations in the film category at 6th Gionee Colors GiMA Awards

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GiMAIndia’s biggest celebration of music, The Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) has unveiled its most illustrious nominee list for the year. Only the most outstanding in the industry have the honor of receiving a GiMAnomination, with only the finest getting a chance to walk awaywith the most coveted music award in India- the GiMA award.

For the film category, Bajirao Mastani bagged the maximum nominations by receiving a nod in nine categories. Following closely with seven nominations is the super hit movie Tamasha and Roy with six.

Global music icon A.R. Rahman has been nominated for his incredible work as music director in Tamasha and Arijit Singh features prominently on the list for his playback singing.

Sabbas Joseph, Director – Wizcraft International said, “Every year with the Gionee Colors GiMA Awards, we aspire to bring forth newer talent and recognize true achievements in the music industry. This year we have introduced the ‘Best Music Video’ category and have been successful in reaching out to many more talented artists from across the country. We are also very fortunate to have an esteemed jury whose members have diligently listened to the entries and then adjudicated on the same. This year’s GiMA will once again honour some of the most deserving talents and I’m sure it’s going to be a great success.”

Commenting on the occasion, Shankar Mahadevan said, “I am thrilled to be nominated at this year’s GiMA Awards across multiple genres and categories in film and non-film. I am also happy to see such a diverse range of new artistes in the Debut categories. GiMA strives to bring forth and celebrate talent in Indian music; it is an amazing feeling to be a part of such an outstanding platform.” 

Commenting on the occasion, A.R. Rahman said, “I am really happy to be nominated for this year’s Global Indian Music Academy Awards across 4 categories for ‘Tamasha’. It is always a great feeling when your work is appreciated by the fraternity. GiMA is a great platform that recognizes the efforts of the artists and their contributions every year. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the nominees for GiMA’16 and thank them for giving us great hits and taking the Indian music industry to newer heights.”

Gionee Colors GiMA encapsulates a plethora of genres including classical, devotional, pop, rock, fusion, Bollywood, folk and more with the total number of award categories being 21 with 11 in the Film and 10 in the Non-Film segment.

The voting process is open only to members from the Indian music industry and is monitored by KPMG, the official process validators for the awards. Nominees are selected by the GiMA Jury Panel, comprising of experts across various genres of the music industry. The Academy, that comprises of over 350 members of the music and film industry votes for the final winners in a secret ballot process. The Advisory Board plays an important part in streamlining the Awards process; and all major decisions are taken with the consensus of the Board.

GiMA has set itself an ambitious mission to create a movement for Indian music by honoring artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in Indian music.


Film Category- Nominees

  1. Best Music Debut
1 Ami Mishra; Music Director
Hasi-  Hamari Adhuri Kahani
2 Anupam Roy; Music Director
3 Neeraj Rajawat; Lyricist
Maati Ka Palang  – NH10
4 Swati Sharma; Singer
Banno – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
5 Tanishk – Vayu; Music Director
Banno – Tanu Weds Manu Returns


  1. Best Music Arranger & Programmer
1 Amit Trivedi, Gourab Dutta &Sourav Roy
Gulaabo – Shaandaar
2 Amit Trivedi & Sovon Mukherjee
Dhadaam Dhaam – Bombay Velvet
3 Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy
Girls Like to Swing – Dil Dhadakne Do
4 Sachin – Jigar
Jee Karda – Badlapur
5 Shail – Pritesh
Deewani Mastani – Bajirao Mastani


  1. Best Engineer
1 Eric Pillai
2 Eric Pillai
3 Eric Pillai & Shadab Rayeen
4 Tanay Gajjar
Bajirao Mastani
5 Tanay Gajjar
Dil Dhadakne Do


  1. Best Background Score
1 ABCD 2


2 Badlapur


3 Bajirao Mastani

Sanchit Balhara

4 Dil Dhadakne Do

Shankar Ehsaan Loy

5 Piku

Anupam Roy

6 Tamasha

A.R Rahman


  1. Best Playback Singer- Female
1 Alka Yagnik
Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha
2 Jyoti Nooran
Ghani Bawri – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
3 Kanika Kapoor
Chittiyaan  Kalaiyaan – Roy
4 Monali Thakur
Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
5 Shreya Ghoshal
Deewani Mastani – Bajirao Mastani
6 Shreya Ghoshal
Mohe Rang Do Laal- Bajirao Mastani


  1. Best Playback Singer- Male
1 Arijit Singh
Aayat – Bajirao Mastani
2 Arijit Singh
Khamoshiyan – Khamoshiyan
3 Arijit Singh
Soora jDooba Hai – Roy
4 Mohit Chauhan
Matargashti – Tamasha
5 Papon
Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha


  1. Best Duo/Group Song


  1. Best Music Director
1 A.R. Rahman
2 Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik& Meet Bros Anjjan
3 Pritam
Bajirangi Bhaijaan
4 Pritam
5 Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Bajirao Mastani
6 Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Dil Dhadakne Do


  1. Best Lyricst
1 Amitabh Bhattacharya
Gerua – Dilwale
2 Gulzar
Zinda – Talvar
3 Irshad Kamil
Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha
4 Kausar Munir
Tu Jo Mila – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
5 Kumaar
Soora jDooba Hai – Roy
6 Varun Grover
Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha


  1. Best Film Song
1 Agar Tum Saath Ho – Tamasha
A.R. Rahmaan; Alka Yagnik & Arijit Singh; Irshad Kamil
2 Gerua – Dilwale
Pritam; Arijit Singh &Antara Mitra; Amitabh Bhattarcharya
3 Moh Moh Ke Dhaage – Dum Laga Ke Haisha
Anu Malik; Papon & Monali Thakur; Varun Grover
4 Pinga – Bajirao Mastani
Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Shreya Ghoshal & Vaishali Made; Siddarth – Garima
5 Sooraj Dooba Hai – Roy
Amaal Malik; Arijit Singh &Aditi Singh Sharma; Kumaar


  1. Best Film Album
1 Bajirao Mastani
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
2 Bajrangi Bhaijaan
3 Dilwale
4 Roy
Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros Anjjan
5 Tamasha
A. R. Rahman


Non – Film Category- Nominees


  1. Best Music Debut: Non-Film Music
1 Achint Thakkar
  2 Arjun Kanungo
Baaki Baatein Peene Baad
3 Padmanav Bordoloi
Teri Jo Baatein Hai
4 Soul’d Out
Hurry Up
5 The Other People
Take My Hand


  1. Best Pop Song
1 Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi
Yo Yo Honey Singh
2 Enchantress
The Manoj Pandya Collective
3 Khalipan
Salim – Sulaiman
4 Khuda Mere
Shraddha Shree
5 Saiyyan Bina
Sonu Nigam &Bickram Ghosh
6 Sway With Me
Dhruv feat. Vasuda Sharma


  1. Best Rock Song
1 Aais Pais Dhappa
2 Anhad Naad
Sona Mohapatra, Ram Sampath feat. Shadab Faridi
3 Dhima
Dhruv  feat. IlaArun
4 Mind Over Matter
Barefaced Liar
5 What if_?
As we keep searching


  1. Best Music Video
1 Baanwarey
Midival Punditz
2 Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi
Yo Yo Honey Singh
3 Dhima
Dhruv  feat. Ila Arun
4 Lonely Sound
Srinidhi Venkatesh
5 Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon
Armaan Malik
6 Mere Gully Mein
Divine feat. Naezy


  1. Best Electronica Single
1 Little Lotto
Alo Wala & Nucleya feat MC Zulu
2 Jungle Raja
Nucleya, Divine
3 Storm
4 Superfly
Anish Sood, Nanok & Anushka Manchanda
5 Get Rowdy
Vice Versa& Mr. Doss


6      Best Fusion Album

1 Coke Studio@ MTV Season 4 (Episode 4)
Ram Sampath feat. Various Artistes
2 Dreams
Rahul Sharma
3 Flute Symphany – A tribute to Mozart
Ronu Majumdar
4 The Music Room
Bickram Ghosh & Sonu Nigam
5 Voyage
Dhruv feat. Various Artistes


7      Best Traditional Folk Single

1 Banno Mehendi Rachayee
Malini Awasthi
2 Dhuna Saali Gosore
Nirmali Das
3 Hansla
Aditya Gadhvi
4 Naam Phukache Phukache
Pandit Anand Bhate
5 Saawan
Mame Khan


8      Best Ghazal Album

1 Ehsaas Ki Khushboo
Pooja Gaitonde & Pankaj Udhas
2 Ishq Karo
Tauseef Akhtar
3 Jazbaa
Ustad Rashid Khan & Devyani
4 Pehchaan
Alap Desai
5 ZikrTera
Roop kumar & Sonali Rathod


9      Best Devotional Album

1 Baba Tum Kitne Achhe Ho!
BK Asmita
2 Divine Flute
Pt. Ronu Majumdar
3 Krishna Sudha Ras
Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & others
4 Mahamantra Musical 3
Om Voices
5 Soul Chants
Silki Agrawal


10    Best Hindustani Classical Album – Instrumental

1 Guru Vandana
Milind Raikar
2 Milder Milind
Milind Date
3 Moods
Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt & Pt. Prodyut Mukherjee
4 The Hidden Harmony
Lakshay Mohan &Ayush Mohan
5 Vihaan
Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt & Pt. Prodyut Mukherjee


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