Channel V Awards – Best Indian Male Artist – Daler Mehndi

  • Channel V Awards – Best Indian Male Artist – Daler Mehndi

    Sunday, October 19th, 1997

There were high expectations from them and the Spice Girls were the crowd favourite by a mile. And, fittingly enough, it was the UK five some who set the ball rolling at the 1997 Channel V Awards. But then, it was seasoned rock star Jon Bon Jovi who stole the show on Saturday evening. His three numbers -- Dead or Alive, Dancing in New Orleans and Janie Don't Take Your Love to Town were the highpoint of an otherwise " lukewarm" three-hour show that began at 8 P.M. -- half-an-hour behind schedule.

The final scoreline reflected the mood of the evening, two awards to the Spice Girls, as against three to Jon Bon Jovi. While the girls won the Besty International Album Award (for the album Spice) and the Best International Song Award (for Wannabe), the "Dead or Alive" man won awards for the Best International Male Artist, Outstanding Achievements International and Special Film Work.

But in the end, it was the grand old lady of Indian pop who did even better, Asha Bhonsle won as many as four awards -- those for Best Indian Album (Jaanam Samjha Karo), Best Indian Female Artist, and the Freddie Mercury Award for Artistic Excellence.

The "talk-of-the-town" Spice Girls broke into the stage at 8 P.M. sharp in five autorickshaws (whether it was for want of better ideas, one doesn't know). Three of them were attired in sarees, perhaps hoping that it would enhance their appeal. But that, actually, worked against them, firsts restricting their mobility (and thereby their stage performance), as they performed The Spice of Life and Wannabe, and also disappointing the near - 18,000-strong crowd, who are really more familiar with the mints they see on their videos. Later, the girls left much bad taste in the mouth for the crowd, when it transpired that they were not even around to receive their awards ("they have left for the airport." explained an official who received the awards on their behalf).

Other award winners -- there were 27 in all -- included Raageshwari for Best Indian Newcomer, Alanis Moriette for Best Ineternaional Female Artist, Kiran and Aban Deohans for Best Indian Video Directer (for the Colonial Cousins Krishna), Bally Sagoo for Best Indian Video (for Mera Laung Gawacha), Vishal for Best Hindi Film Song (Chappa Chappa), Indus Creed for Best Indian Band, Daler Mehndi for Best Indian Male Artist.

Source :- Times of India by Ashish Mullick