Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
The Filmfare Best Female Playback Award is given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a female playback singer who has delivered an outstanding performance in a film song.
Although the award ceremony was established in 1953, the category for best playback singer was introduced in 1959. The award was initially common for both male and female singers. The category was divided in 1968, and ever since there have been two awards presented for male and female singers separately.
|Most awards||Asha Bhosle
|Most nominations||Alka Yagnik||35|
|Most nominations without ever winning||Usha Mangeshkar
|Most nominations in a single year||Asha Bhosle (1975)
Alka Yagnik (1994)
|Oldest winner||Usha Uthup||64|
|Oldest nominee||Usha Uthup||64|
|Youngest winner||Nazia Hassan||15|
|Youngest nominee||Sushma Shrestha||11|
Asha Bhosle and Alka Yagnik, with 7 wins each, hold the record for most awards in this category. Lata Mangeshkar, Anuradha Paudwal, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shreya Ghoshal have won the award four times. Bhosle won the award in a record of four consecutive years (1972–75), followed by the three consecutive wins of Paudwal (1991–1993), Krishnamurthy (1995–1997) and Yagnik (2000–2002), respectively.
Two singers have achieved the feat of receiving all the nominations of this category in a particular year: Asha Bhosle was the single nominee in 1973, having all the three nominations to her credit, and Alka Yagnik was the single nominee in 1994, having all the four nominations to her credit, one of which she shared—and eventually jointly won—with Ila Arun. Yagnik's four nominations in that year along with Bhosle's four out of the five nominations in 1975 also give them the record for most number of Best Female Playback Singer nominations in a single year.
In 1971, Lata Mangeshkar made the unusual gesture of giving up the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award, in order to promote fresh talent. After receiving her seventh award in 1979, Asha Bhosle emulated her elder sister and requested that her name not be considered for the nominations thereafter.
There have been ties for two consecutive years between 2010 and 2011.
Until the award was not officially divided up for different gender (1968) Lata Mangeshkar was the only artist to win and be nominated for this award. She is also the earliest recipient of this award in 1959. Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle were the most successful singers in 60s with two wins each. Bhosle continued her domination in the 70s with five wins (Mangeshkar not considered from hereon). In 80s no singer dominated the epoch (Bhosle not considered from hereon) however in 90s Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy both had three wins each. Alka Yagnik and Shreya Ghoshal garnered four wins each in 2000s. Rekha Bhardwaj is leading the 2010s with two wins.
Alka Yagnik holds the record of getting nominated for consecutively 14 years from 1992 till 2005, resulting in 31 nominations and 6 wins.
List of winners
Note: The category for Best Playback Singer was established in 1959, and until 1967 both male and female singers used to compete for a single award.
- 1960 Award won by a male singer
- 1961 Award won by a male singer
- 1962 Award won by a male singer
- 1963 Lata Mangeshkar – "Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil" from Bees Saal Baad
- Lata Mangeshkar – "Aapki Nazrone Samajha" from Anpadh
- 1964 Award won by a male singer
- 1965 Award won by a male singer
- 1966 Lata Mangeshkar – "Tumhi Mere Mandir" from Khandan
- Lata Mangeshkar – "Ek Tu Na Mila" from Himalaya Ki God Mein
- 1967 Award won by a male singer
Note: The category for Best Playback Singer is officially divided into two separate categores to acknowledge both male and female singers individually.
- 1968 Asha Bhosle – "Garibon Ki Suno" from Dus Lakh
- 1969 Asha Bhosle – "Parde Mein Rehne Do" from Shikar
- 1970 Lata Mangeshkar – "Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage" from Jeene Ki Raah
- 1971 Sharda – "Baat Zara" from Jahan Pyar Mile
- 1972 Asha Bhosle – "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" from Caravan
- 1973 Asha Bhosle – "Dum Maro Dum" from Hare Rama Hare Krishna
- 1974 Asha Bhosle – "Hone Lagi Hai Raat Jawaan" from Naina
- 1975 Asha Bhosle – "Chain Se Hum Ko Kabhi" from Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye
- 1976 Sulakshana Pandit – "Tuhi Sagar Hai" from Sankalp
- 1977 Hemlata – "Tu Jo Mere Sur Me" from Chitchor
- 1978 Preeti Sagar – "Mero Gaam Katha Parey" from Manthan
- 1979 Asha Bhosle – "Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Deewana" from Don
- 1980 Vani Jairam – "Mere To Giridhar Gopal" from Meera
- 1981 Nazia Hassan – "Aap Jaisa Koi" from Qurbani
- 1982 Parveen Sultana – "Humen Tum Se Pyaar Kitna" from Kudrat
- 1983 Salma Agha – "Dil Ke Armaan" from Nikaah
- 1984 Aarti Mukherji – "Do Naina Ek Kahani" from Masoom
- 1985 Anupama Deshpande – "Sohni Chinab Di" from Sohni Mahiwal
- 1986 Anuradha Paudwal – "Mere Man Bajo Mridang" from Utsav
- 1987 – No award given
- 1988 – No award given
- 1989 Alka Yagnik – "Ek Do Teen" from Tezaab
- 1990 Sapna Mukherjee – "Tirchhi Topiwale" from Tridev
- 1991 Anuradha Paudwal – "Nazar Ke Saamne" from Aashiqui
- 1992 Anuradha Paudwal – "Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin" from Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
- 1993 Anuradha Paudwal – "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" from Beta
- 1994 Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun – "Choli Ke Peechhe" from Khalnayak
- 1995 Kavita Krishnamurthy – "Pyaar Hua Chupke Se" from 1942: A Love Story
- 1996 Kavita Krishnamurthy – "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya" from Yaraana
- 1997 Kavita Krishnamurthy – "Aaj Main Upar" from Khamoshi: The Musical
- 1998 Alka Yagnik – "Meri Mehbooba" from Pardes
- 1999 Jaspinder Narula – "Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha" from Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha
- 2000 Alka Yagnik – "Taal Se Taal Mila" from Taal
- 2001 Alka Yagnik – "Dil Ne Yeh Kaha" from Dhadkan
- 2002 Alka Yagnik – "O Re Chhori" from Lagaan
- 2003 Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shreya Ghoshal – "Dola Re" from Devdas
- 2004 Shreya Ghoshal – "Jadoo Hai Nasha Hai" from Jism
- 2005 Alka Yagnik – "Hum Tum" from Hum Tum
- 2006 Alisha Chinai – "Kajra Re" from Bunty Aur Babli
- 2007 Sunidhi Chauhan – "Beedi Jalaile" from Omkara
- 2008 Shreya Ghoshal – "Barso Re" from Guru
- 2009 Shreya Ghoshal – "Teri Ore" from Singh Is Kinng
- 2010 Kavita Seth – "Ik Tara" - Wake Up Sid
- 2011 Mamta Sharma – "Munni Badnaam Hui" - Dabangg
- 2012 Rekha Bhardwaj and Usha Uthup – "Darling" - 7 Khoon Maaf
- 2013 Shalmali Kholgade – "Pareshaan" - Ishaqzaade
- 2014 Monali Thakur – "Sawaar Loon" – Lootera
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