The noted Indian actress-singer Priyanka Chopra has been announced winner of 2015 MTV EMAs Best India Act after beating Monica Dogra, Indus Creed, The Ska Vengers and Your Chin.
The star is now pitted against Best Africa Act Diamond Platinumz in the Best Worldwide Act: Africa/India Act category. Priyanka will hope to go beyond what Yo Yo Honey Singh has achieved at the EMA. Yo Yo lost out twice in 2013 and 2014 in the regional category to bag a nomination for Best Worldwide Act.
Importantly, she released her first album “In My City” in 2012, which sold over 130,000 copies in its first week, topped the Hindi pop chart and was certified triple platinum. The song was also the theme of NFL’s Sunday night football in 2012-13 seasons. The singer received three nominations – Best Female Artist, Best Song and Best Video – for “In My City” at the World Music Awards in 2012.
“All the nominees in the Best India Act category were highly accomplished and well-deserving; however, we are elated to announce Priyanka Chopra as the winner of this category. Priyanka Chopra today has a huge fan base both, national and international. Her road to success and fame has been filled with numerous milestones and we are proud that she has won this category at the Europe Music Awards 2015, now let’s help her get theWorldwide Act trophy home. Let’s get Voting,” said Ferzad Palia, EVP and Head, English Entertainment Channel, Viacom18.
Besides EMA, she is also nominated for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series at the People’s Choice Awards, with the first round of voting closed in October. Her new track ‘Meltdown’ is also rising in popularity in the US and she boasts of a huge global fan base.
Expressing her happiness on the recognition Priyanka Chopra says, “There’s this force that exists today, where so many women in India are effecting change by just going out and chasing their dreams, doing things differently and pushing the boundaries of convention. We still have a long way to go, but the journey is fully underway and it's gaining serious momentum. So yes, ‘strong, independent, resourceful, intelligent and hardworking' is how Indian women should be viewed today.”