Hits Nepal Pvt Ltd has announced the nominations for 23rd Hero Hits FM Music Awards. Issuing a press release on Saturday, Hits Nepal informed that top Nepali songs and albums registered in Hits FM 91.2 between Baisakh 2075 till Chaitra 2075 have been nominated under as many as 16 categories, apart from the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bartika Eam Rai has bagged the maximum number nominations this year under five categories, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop/Rock Composition, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Similarly, Deepak Bajracharya has been nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop/Rock Composition & Record of the Year, Astha Tamang Maskey for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop/Rock Composition and Record of the Year, and Sabin Rai and The Pharaoh for Best Performance by a Group Or Duo, Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Pop/Rock Composition.
Meanwhile, two of Anju Panta’s songs have been nominated for Best Female Vocal Performance. Her song ‘Aago Banera Jalayo Usle’ has not only gotten her nominated for Record of the Year but also gotten composer Ramesh Kayastha and arranger Ashish Abiral nominated in their respective categories for the same song. The song ‘Mayako Rang’ sung by Banika Pradhan is nominated for Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Composition, Best Arrangement and Record of the Year.
Hits FM has been honoring Nepali artists for their creation since over two decades. It is also one of the most coveted award shows of Nepal.
The nominations are as follows:
Best New Artist:
5:55 for Budi, Bikram Baral for Galti, Pem Lama for Dherai Dherai Maya, The Root-less for Wasta Nagara and Yugal Gurung for Afno Sansar
Best Song Originally Recorded For A Motion Picture Soundtrack:
Arjun Pokharel for Rahar Chha Sangai, Ashish Abiral for Parana Parana, Deepak Sharma for Pahilo Numberma, Rajan Raj Shivkoti for Gojima Daam Chaina, Subash Bhusal for Lai Lai
Best Vocal Collaboration:
Ashish Sachin & Melina Rai for Pirim Nalaune, Brijesh Shrestha & Nikhita Thapa for Rang, Mahesh Kafle & Melina Rai for Naacha Firiri, Sujata Manadhar Upadhyaya & Bishwo Nepali for Kabi Devkota, Sujata Manadhar Upadhyaya & Uday Sotang for Eak Thopa
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Astha Tamang Maskey for Chodera Najau, Bartika Eam Rai for Nidari, Sunita Karki for Shital Himal, Tika Prasain for Maya Luki Luki, Trishna Gurung for Maya Peerati
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance:
5:55 for Budi, Deepak Bajracharya for Manmagan, Neetesh Jung Kunwar for Flirty Maya, Shiva Pariyar for Malai Ma Jastai Banna Deu, Sugam Pokhrel for Karnali
Best Performance By A Group or Duo With Vocal:
Pahenlo Batti Muni for Kripaya, Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh for Dhanyabaad, The Act for Ma Ko Hu?, The Seasons Band for Bhanchhan Narayan, Vastu for Byunjha
Folk Record Of the Year:
Bhishan Mukarung for Khorsani Dalle, Birahi Karki & Mandavi Tripathi for Darshan Chha Nihurera, Bishnu Majhi & Kulendra BK for Saalko Paatko Tapari, Bhojraj Kafle, Hema Tamang, Santosh Lama & Aakriti Shrestha for Sindhuligadhima, Tejendra Gandharva for Sailirimai
Best Rock Vocal Performance:
11:11 NST for Nakkali Nani, Bikram Baral for Galti, RK Square for Khelauna, Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh for Dhanyabaad, The Act for Ma Ko Hu?
Best Pop / Rock Composition:
Astha Tamang Maskey for Chodera Najau, Bartika Eam Rai for Nidari, Binayak Shah for Byunjha, , Deepak Bajracharya for Manmagan, Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh for Dhanyabaad
Anand Rai for Ekai Thopa, Ashish Abiral for Timi Nai Mero Saas Hau, Megraj Lagun for Mayako Rang, Ramesh Kayastha for Aago Banera Jalayo Usle, Suresh Adhikari for Banphool
Ashesh Rai for Chodera Najau, Ashish Abiral for Aago Banera Jalayo Usle, Diwas Gurung for Nidari, Phanindra Rai for Banphool, Sumit Biswakarma for Mayako Rang
Best Female Vocal Performance:
Anju Panta for Aago Banera Jalayo Usle, Anju Panta for Aba Chhodera, Banika Pradhan for Mayako Rang, Durga Pariyar for Banphool, Sangeeta Rana Pradhan for Mayako Trishnama
Best Male Vocal Performance:
Bishwo Nepali for Korera, Deep Shrestha for Timro Yaadma Joon Tolauda Tolaudai, Pramod Kharel for Prithvi, Raj Sigdel for Roopai Mohini, Shiva Pariyar for Timi Nai Mero Saas Hau
Album of the Year:
Bartika Eam Rai for Taral, RK Square for Sunchari, Rohit John Chettri for Jhari Pachhiko Indreni, Sunita Karki for Sunmala, Yugal Gurung for Afno Sansaar
Song of the Year:
Bartika Eam Rai for Aasha II, Bijay Shivakoti for Timro Yaadma Joon Tolauda Tolaudai, Mahesh Acharya for Malai Ma Jastai Banna Deu, Rochak Dahal for Kripaya, Susan Maskey for Chodera Najau
Record Of The Year:
Anju Panta for Aago Banera Jalayo Usle for Aago Banera Jalayo Usle, Astha Tamang Maskey for Chodera Najau, Banika Pradhan for Mayako Rang, Bartika Eam Rai for Nidari, Deepak Bajracharya for Manmagan