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Guest Times announces winners of first ever Gaana Awards

Priyanka Chopra, Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh among maiden winners of India’s first digital consumer playouts and consumption based music awards

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | May 8, 2014

Priyanka Chopra and Shreya Ghoshal with Gaana Awards Priyanka Chopra and Shreya Ghoshal with Gaana Awards

The winners of the first ever Gaana Awards 2013, an initiative by Times Internet, were announced today. Gaana Awards 2013, first in the industry, honoured both the Indian and International music acts. The awards were selected on the basis of actual playouts and consumption by millions of users across the digital platforms on

The Gaana Award 2013 for Most Popular Singer (Male) was awarded to Arijit Singh for the song ‘Tum hi ho’ from Aashiqui 2. Bollywood singing sensation Shreya Ghoshal won the maiden Most Popular Singer (Female) for her singing rendition in Aashiqui 2. Aashiqui2 also swept the award for Most Popular Hindi Album. The Most Popular Hindi Gaana award was won by ‘Tum hi ho’.

Priyanka Chopra won the Most Popular International Gaana for her chartbuster song ‘Exotic’. An innovative and interesting award category, Fastest-to-First Song, was awarded to ‘Badtameez dil’ from ‘Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani’, and the Most Popular Tamil and Kannada Songs were given to ‘Vaanganna Vanakkanganna’ and ‘Thangali’, respectively.

Pawan Agarwal, Business Head,, said, “We take this as an opportunity to honour the best in the music fraternity for their contribution to music. The awards also reaffirm our commitment to our valuable listeners who have helped recognise the best talent through our pioneering Gaana Awards 2013.”

Agarwal added, “Music in the digital space is growing at a rapid space. As a leader in this space, is committed to bring the best music experiences to our users. These awards are a token of appreciation on behalf of millions of our users who love great music. Gaana Awards, based on actual online music consumption, are poised to become the bellwether for the industry.”

On receiving her award, Priyanka Chopra said, “It is my first year as a musician, I am humbled and excited because the award is based on the actual number of listens by real people. Releasing music online is a cool idea and that is the way to go. That is how the world is functioning and that is the future.”

“I am very excited that people have shown their love and gratitude towards me and my song ‘Sun raha hun na tu’. After the award, this song has become more special for me and I must thank for it.” said Shreya Ghoshal.

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