The Mirchi Music Awards are presented annually by Radio Mirchi to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi film music industry of India. The awards are given in seventeen different categories and this year the prestigious award show stepped in its 9th year. Mirchi Music Awards was launched in 2008 and since then the show has been expanding. It has now even branched into regional music awards and recognising hidden talents all over India. The 9th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards will be held in Mumbai on February 18, 2017 at the Dome at NSCI, Worli. The nomination list for Mirchi Awards 2017 was announced in January by the grand jury.

This year’s prestigious jury included music legends such as Javed Akhtar, who was the Jury Chairperson, lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sameer Anjaan, Irshad Kamil, Ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai, Sudhir Mishra, Madhur Bhandarkar, Anu Malik, Lalit Pandit, Louiz Banks, Suresh Wadkar, Shailendra Singh, Talat Aziz, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Saapna Mukerji, Ila Arun, Pritam, Milind Srivastava, Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal, Sulaiman Merchant, Udit Narayan, Raju Singh, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shaan and Vijay Krishna Acharya.

Here’s the list of nominations:

Album of the Year
Udta Punjab
Sultan
Kapoor and Sons
Dangal
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Best Background Score
Sultan – Julius Packiam
Pink – Shantanu Moitra
Mirziya – Tubby-Parik
Dangal – Pritam
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Pritam

Best Non Film Song
Dooriyan – Tochi Raina
Yeh Dil – Hariharan
Sab Rab De Bande – 6 Pack Band with Sonu Nigam
Befikra – Aditi Singh Sharma,Meet Bros
Aye Jahaan Aasmaan – Sonu Nigam , Shreya Ghoshal

Best Raag Inspired Song
Ikk Kudi – Udta Punjab
Jag Ghoomeya – Sultan
Meherbaan – Sarbjit
Kaaga – Mirzya
Sab Dhan Maati (Male) – Jai Gangaajal

Best Song Engineering – Recording and Mixing
Mirzya – Mirzya
Beat Pe Booty – A Flying Jatt
Jabra Fan – Fan
Dhaakad – Dangal
Bulleya – Ae DIl Hai Mushkil

Best Song Producer – Programming and Arranging
Baby ko Bass Pasand Hai – Sultan
Kaaga – Mirzya
Mirzya – Mirzya
Jabra Fan – Fan
Dhaakad – Dangal

Female Vocalist of the Year
Gilehriyaan (Dangal) – Jonita Gandhi
The Break Up Song (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Jonita Gandhi
Kaari Kaari (Pink) – Qurat Ul Ain Baloch
Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan) – Neha Bhasin
Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Shilpa Rao

Lyricist of the Year
Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan) – Irshad Kamil
Haanikaarak Bapu (Dangal) – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Channa Mereya ( Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Amitabh Bhattacharya
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Amitabh Bhattacharya

Male Vocalist of the Year
Bolna (Kapoor & Sons) – Arijit Singh
Nashe Si Chadh Gayi (Befikre) – Arijit Singh
Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan) – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Arijit Singh
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Arijit Singh
Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Amit Mishra

Music Composer of the Year
Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan) – Vishal & Shekhar
Ikk Kudi (Udta Punjab) – Amit Trivedi
Channa Mereya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Pritam
Bulleya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Pritam
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) – Pritam

Song of the Year
Haanikaarak Bapu – Dangal
Channa Mereya (Unplugged) – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Channa Mereya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Bulleya – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Jag Ghoomeya – Sultan
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year
Tu Alvida (Traffic) – Aakanksha Sharma
Dhal Jaun Main (Rustom) – Aakanksha Sharma
Rang Reza (Beiimaan Love) – Asees Kaur
Kaari Kaari (Pink) – Qurat Ul Ain Balouch
Bolna (Kapoor & Sons) – Asees Kaur

Upcoming Lyricist of the Year
Maa (Nil Battey Sannata) – Shreyas Jain
Atrangi Yaar (Wazir) – Deepak Ramola , Gurpreet Saini
Chal Utth Bandeya (Do Lafzon Ki Kahani) – Raj Ranjodh
Raatein (Shivaay) – Aditya Sharma
Buddhu Sa Mann (Kapoor & Sons) – Abhiruchi Chand

Upcoming Male Vocalist of the Year
Tumhe Bhi Meri Yaad (30 Minutes) – Jaswinder Singh Bunty
Rang Reza (Beiimaan Love) – Yasser Desai
Dariya (Baar Baar Dekho) – Arko
Tere Bin Yaara (Rustom) – Arko
Haanikaarak Bapu (Dangal) – Sarwar Khan & Sartaz Khan Barna

Upcoming Composer of the Year
Raatein (Shivaay) – Jasleen Royal
Maula (Nil Battey Sannata) – Rohan Vinayak
Rang Reza (Female) (Beiimaan Love) – Asad Khan
Allah Hu Allah (Sarbjit) – Tanishk Bagchi
Bolna (Kapoor & Sons) – Tanishk Bagchi

Different singers and musicians also perform at the awards show every year. This year, too, Mirchi has lined up few of the best from the industry for their performances, few of them being rapper Badsha, Sonu Nigam and Arman Malik. Few years back at the 6th Royal Stag Mirchi Music Awards, Arijit Singh had performed a mashup of his famous tracks, and that still remains one of his best performances till date. Check out his full performance here: (ALSO READ: Has Tubelight star Salman Khan finally forgiven singer Arijit Singh?)

Announcing the 9th edition, Radio Mirchi CEO Prashant Panday said, “Radio Mirchi believes in celebrating music throughout the year and this year was graced by some really amazing numbers. The stature of this ceremony is due to the very talented and expert Jury who sit with decades of experience vigorously to select the best music across various genres that we heard in 2016”.