Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer

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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.


Asha Bhosle (l) and Alka Yagnik (r) hold the record of maximum wins in this category.
Superlative Singer Record
Most awards Asha Bhosle
Alka Yagnik
Most nominations Alka Yagnik 35
Most nominations without ever winning Usha Mangeshkar
Chandrani Mukherjee
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.[1]

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 . Followed by Shreya Ghoshal with getting nominated for consecutively 10 years from 2006(Still running) resulted in 2 wins and 16 nominations.

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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.


Note: The category for Best Playback Singer is officially divided into two separate categores to acknowledge both male and female singers individually.






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  1. ^ Pinto, Jerry (April 1997). "Tangy titbits from the Filmfare past". Filmfare. 

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