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Sonu Nigam

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Sonu Nigam (born 30 July 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India) is an Indian singer whose songs have been featured in Hindi and Kannada movies, as well as films in Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu. He releasedIndi-pop albums and acted in a few movies. He had changed the spelling of his last name from 'Nigam' to 'Niigaam' in accordance with numerology, but later returned to the original spelling.
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Early years

Sonu Nigam began his singing career at the age of three, when he joined his father on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi's "Kya Hua Tera Vaada, Wo Kasam Wo Irada". From then on Sonu accompanied his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. In his teenage years he successfully participated in music competitions. He moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career at the age of 19. He was trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Playback singing

His initial years in Mumbai proved to be a struggle, beginning by singing covers of Mohammed Rafi songs, mainly for a number of Rafi Ki Yaadein albums released by T-Series. T-Series promoter Gulshan Kumar gave him a chance to reach a larger audience. In these years Nigam's singing style was regarded by some to be a "Rafi clone". Nigam's first movie song as a playback singer was Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He began making radio commercials and appeared on the popular TV show Sa Re Ga Ma

Nigam started hosting Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995 with the first episode airing on 1 May 1995. The television singing talent competition soon became one of the most popular shows on Indian television. Soon after, he sang "Accha Sila Diya" on the album Bewafa Sanam (1995). His first major success was with the Anu Malik-composed song "Sandese Aate Hain," in Border in 1997. Sonu's Album "Deewana" was released with T-Series in 1999, revealed his talent for singing romantic songs and remains one of India's most successful albums. Sonu's image as a 'Rafi clone' changed after his rendition of the Nadeem-Shravan-composed song "Yeh Dil Deewana" in Pardes in the same year. Since then, he has created a unique style and has become a role model for emerging vocal talent in India.

Over the years, Nigam became a major force in the Indian music industry. He provided playback singing for Hindi movies and won many awards. He sang the title song of the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. He recorded romantic, rock, sad and patriotic songs. Nigam sang songs in many languages besides Hindi, including Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi], Tamil, Telugu, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Malayalam and Marathi.
Pop albums and concerts

Sonu released pop albums in Hindi,Odiya, Punjabi and Kannada. The most recent addition to his Hindi releases is Classically Mild, a semi-classical album. He released Hindu and Islamic devotional albums, as well as albums of Mohammed Rafi's songs. These are from the Rafi Ki Yaadein collection in his early years, which were re-released in September 2007 as a six-disc collection of 100 songs, titled Kal Aaj Aur Kal, in Rafi's memory. In 2008, soon after releasing Classically Mild, he released a single Punjabi track called "Punjabi Please" 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. His last album was Neene Bari Neene in Kannada.

After the death of Michael Jackson, who considerably influenced Nigam (as is evident in his rendition of "Dil Deewana" in Pardes) Nigam released a tribute song to Jackson in collaboration with his fans on Facebook. The song made it to an 18-song global compilation of tribute songs The Beat of Our Hearts.

Nigam collaborated with Britney Spears on a remix of her "I Wanna Go" track.

Over the years, Nigam performed in many countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Caribbean|West Indies, Suriname, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa. In May/June 2007, he participated in a star-studded show in North America called "The Incredibles," with Asha Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala and Kailash Kher participated. In September and October of the same year, he gave solo concerts titled "Simply Sonu" in Canada and Germany (becoming the first Indian singer to perform in the latter country). In April 2008, he concert tour in India, promoting his Punjabi single "Punjabi Please".

In November 2007, at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye", with the Harvard College Sangeet. In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBS0). This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma on Rafi Resurrected.

Among several other concerts, he notably participated in a US tour with Sunidhi Chauhan in 2009 called "The Explosion 2009" tour and in a UK tour titled "All Izz Well" in November 2010. He shared the stage with Atif Aslam in April 2012 at The O2 Arena, London in Flex FX Dhamaka concert to promote love, peace & unity among India and Pakistan.
Radio and acting

In 2006, Nigam hosted his Life Ki Dhun with Sonu Nigaam on Radiocity 91.1 FM, where he had the opportunity to interview musicians, including Lata Mangeshkar on the last aired episode.

Nigam's acting career started as a child in films including 1983's Betaab. As an adult, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote, as the male lead opposite Juhi Babbar, and Love in Nepal. None of the films did well at the box office, although his acting was much better appreciated in his last venture. He has not returned to acting since Love in Nepal, but was recently said to be involved in Ankhon Ankhon Mein, about a blind singer.

Television

Nigam was the host of Sa Re Ga Ma from 1 May 1995 to 1999. He was the first host. He returned on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar in October 2007. Nigam was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December, 2009 which marked the 1000th episode.

He hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus in 2002.

Nigam appeared as the judge for Indian Idol in season 1 (October 2004?March 2005) and season 2 (November 2005?April 2006). He was a celebrity judge in season 3 (17 August 2007) and season 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).

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 12, 2008.

Nigam was a judge/mentor on Chhote Ustaad - Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz (July 2010?October 2010) with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Nigam provided the voice for the lead character, Aladdin in the Hindi translated version of Aladdin.

He was a judge/mentor on the first season of X Factor (India) (May 29, 2011 ? September 2, 2011) along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shreya Ghoshal.
Future projects

Nigam is working on an English album called Spirit Unfolding. and on a project called Time Travel, wherein his voice will be aligned with recordings of other singers in Hindi songs.

Nigam has sung a song produced by famous international house music producer David Guetta the song is collaboration with a British singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer Jay Sean

Awards

Following are the awards and nominations for Sonu Nigam

National Film Awards
2004 - Won - National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
Filmfare Awards
1997 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Sandese Aate Hain" - Border (with Roop Kumar Rathod)
1999 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Ishq Bina" - Taal
2000 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Tu Fiza Hain" - Fiza
2000 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Panchhi Nadiyaan" - Refugee
2001 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Suraj Hua Maddham" - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
2002 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Saathiya" - Saathiya
2003 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
2004 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Do Pal" - Veer-Zaara
2004 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Hoon Na" - Main Hoon Na
2004 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Tumse Milke Dil Ka" - Main Hoon Na
2005 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Dheere Jalna" - Paheli
2005 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Piyu Bole" - Parineeta
2006 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
2007 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Agar Kahoon" - Om Shanti Om
2008 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Inn Lamhon Ke" - Jodhaa Akbar
2009 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Shukran Allah" - Kurbaan (with Salim Merchant)
Filmfare Awards South
2007 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Ninnindale Ninnindale" - Milana
2008 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Eenagali Mundhe Saagu" - Mussanjemaatu
2008 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Mayavagide Manasu" - Haage Summane
2010 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Hrudayave" - Krishnan Love Story
2011 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Paravasha Naadenu" - Paramathma
2011 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer (Kannada) - "Neerinalli Sanna Ale" - Hudugaru
Screen Awards
1998 - Won - Best Male Pop Artist
2000 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Panchhi Nadiyaan" - Refugee
2001 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Tanhayee" - Dil Chahta Hai
2001 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Is Pyaar Ko Main Kya Naam Doon" - Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
2003 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
2004 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Tumse Milke Dil Ka" - Main Hoon Na
2005 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Dheere Jalna" - Paheli
2006 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Baawri Piya Ki" - Babul
International Indian Film Academy Awards
2000 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Panchhi Nadiyaan" - Refugee
2001 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Suraj Hua Maddham" - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
2001 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "You Are My Soniya" - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
2002 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Saathiya" - Saathiya
2003 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
2004 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Hoon Na" - Main Hoon Na
2005 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Piyu Bole" - Parineeta
2006 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
2009 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "All Izz Well" - 3 Idiots
Zee Cine Awards
1997 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Sandese Aate Hain" - Border ?
2001 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer ? Male - "Suraj Hua Maddham" - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
2001 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Tanhayee" - Dil Chahta Hai
2002 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Saathiya" - Saathiya
2003 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
2004 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Hoon Na" - Main Hoon Na
2005 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Piyu Bole" - Parineeta
2005 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Dheere Jalna" - Paheli
2006 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
2007 - Nominated - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Agar Kahoon" - Om Shanti Om
MTV Immies
2002 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Saathiya" - Saathiya
2003 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Hoon Na" - Main Hoon Na
2004 - Won - Best Pop Album - Chanda Ki Doli
MTV Style Awards
2003 - Style Icon 2003
2005 - Style Icon 2005
Anandalok Awards
2004 - Best Male Playback Singer - Bandhan
2005 - Best Pop Album - Chanda Ki Doli
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards
2007 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Agar Kahoon" - Om Shanti Om
2008 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Me" - Jodhaa Akbar
2009 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Shukran Allah" - Kurbaan
Lions Gold Award
2005 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Main Hoon Na" - Main Hoon Na
2008 - Won - Best Male Playback Singer - "Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Me" - Jodhaa Akbar
Indian Television Academy Award
2005 - Best Male Singer - Miliee
2008 - Best Male Singer - Amber Dhara
2009 - Best Male Singer - Dill Mill Gayye
Other Awards
1997 - Ashirwad Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Sandese Aate Hain" - Border
1997 - Sansui Viewers' Choice Award for Best Male Singer - "Sandese Aate Hain" - Border
2003 - Apsara Film Producers' Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer - "Kal Ho Naa Ho" - Kal Ho Naa Ho
2005 - Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music
2005 - Teachers' Achievement Award
2006 - Nominated - Global Indian Film Awards - Best Male Playback Singer - "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
2010 - GIMA (Global Indian Music Award) for Best Live Performer (Male)
2011 - GIMA (Global Indian Music Award) MTV MUSIC YOUTH ICON
2011 - The Bangalore Times Film Awards - Best Singer Male (Sanju Mathu Geetha in Sanju Weds Geetha)

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Bollywood Singer from Mumbai  Male Singer from Mumbai