The third Chevrolet Star Global Indian Music Awards (GiMA) were announced on Monday amidst much glitz and fanfare at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. The ceremony, hosted by B-town stars Saif Ali Khan and Parineeti Chopra, saw performances by several famous musicians and Bollywood celebs like Shankar Mahadevan and his sons, Sonu Nigam, Sonakshi Sinha with Mika, among others. A special tribute act was organized to honor the Oscar-winning musician A.R.Rahman for completing 20 years in the industry.
The much-anticipated awards were announced soon after. A lifetime achievement award was given to Indian classical singer Girija Devi, while her contemporary Pandit Jasraj was bestowed with the “Global Indian Musician” honor. The 2012 GiMA winners were then announced for various Non-Film and Film Music categories. While the Ranbir Kapoor-Nargis Fakri starrer Rockstar bagged six of the ten awards in the Film Music category, there was a mixed bag of winners in the Non-Film Music categories.
The Best Music Debut award went to Gulraj Singh as the music director of the song “Ganaraj Adhiraj” in the album of the same name. Papon snatched the award for Best Pop Album with his debut Hindi album “The Story So Far…” while Delhi-based eclectic fusion band Advaita were awarded the Best Rock Album award for “The Silent Sea”. One of the pioneers of the Asian Underground genre in India, Karsh Kale won the Best Fusion Album award for his “Cinema”. A total of 12 awards were given out in the Non-Film Music category.