On the 21st of March, 2013, MTV India brought the VMAs home. Presenting MTV VMAI (MTV Video and Music Awards, India); the perfect mix of music, young & cool. By the makers of Coke Studio @ MTV, MTV Unplugged, MTV Sound Trippin & MTV Roots. We Indians sure know our music and for us, no two music days are alike. In keeping with the MTV lineage, the Indian edition focused on video and music, focusing on the music you identify with.
What happened at the first VMAI? The perfect mix of Music, Young & Cool. Irreverence. Cheekiness. Iconic moments. Musical highs. Inconsistency while being firmly Individualistic. There really WAS NO OTHER! In keeping with everything we do at MTV, MTV VMAI was also the voice of the youth with the winners being determined through public voting.
We discussed the nominations, in particular the awards for Best Indie Male and Best Indie Female, and my thoughts on the winners turned out to be right.
Best Indie Artist – Male went to Yo Yo Honey Singh for Brown Rang.
Best Indie Artist – Female went to Sonu Kakkar for Mahi Bin.
The full set of results is as follows:-
- Best Bollywood Album – Pritam – for Cocktail
- Best Bollywood Video – Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Remo D’Souza for the Disco Song from the movie ‘Student of the Year’.
- Best Bollywood Song – Male – Sonu for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from Agneepath
- Best Bollywood Song – Female – Shalmali Kholgade for Pareshaan from Ishqzaade
- Best Bollywood Lyrics – Ayushmann Khurrana & Rochak Kohli for Pani da rang from Vicky Donor
- Best Indi Video – A R Rahman for Infinite Love
- Best Indi Artist – Male – Yo Yo Honey Singh for Brown Rang
- Best Indi Artist – Female – Sonu Kakkar for Mahi Bin
- Best Indi Band – Kailasa
- Best Indi Lyrics – Late Shiv Batalvi for Panchi Hojavan