'CNN-News18 Indian of the Year' (IOTY) has revealed the nominees in its ‘Youth Icon’ category for this year.
The platform seeks to honour young trailblazers who have emerged as influential voices among India’s youth today.
Recognising excellence across seven categories – Entertainment, Business, Sports, Youth Icon, Rising Sports Star, Social Change, and Climate Warriors, the 13th edition of ‘CNN-News18 Indian of the Year’ promises to be a celebration of India's finest achievers on the global stage.
The nominees for the Youth Icon Category encompass exceptional individuals and internet personalities who have ingrained themselves into India’s pop culture. This distinguished roster includes AP Dhillon, Kusha Kapila, Anirudh Ravichander, Ranveer Allahbadia, and Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju.
A notable figure in the global music scene, Dhillon seamlessly blends traditional Punjabi folk music with modern hip-hop, captivating the youth with his distinctive style. His recent release 'With You' garnered an astounding 37 million views on YouTube in just a month, a testament to his impactful storytelling and authentic embrace of identity.
Social media influencer and versatile artist Kapila has earned widespread acclaim for her roles in Masaba Masaba Season 2, Shilpa Shetty-starrer Sukhee, and Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor's production 'Thank You For Coming.'
Chennai-based composer-singer Ravichander, celebrated for his globally popular 'Why This Kolaveri Di,' continues to dominate the Indian music scene. Hits like Kaavaalaa, Chaleya, and the Jawan title track have solidified his position as the anthem creator of the year, especially for Shah Rukh Khan's fans.
A pioneer in Indian podcasting, Allahbadia has spearheaded 'The Ranveer Show' on his YouTube channel 'BeerBiceps.' With over six million subscribers, Allahbadia's podcasts feature some of India's most successful individuals, contributing to meaningful conversations and thought leadership.
Karnataka’s first trans-woman doctor and a trailblazer in Indian content creation, Gummaraju, has established a safe platform for the queer community. Her acting debut in Made in Heaven Season 2, coupled with recognition on "The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List 2022," underscores her multifaceted impact.
The winner in the Youth Icon Category will be revealed at the grand finale celebrating luminaries in Indian entertainment at The Indian of the Year 2023 award ceremony.
This year, the winner selection process will combine expert judgment and public voting, with 50% of the decision-making power given to the audience and the remaining 50% entrusted to the jury.