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Hadiqa Kiani
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Hadiqa Kiani in 2012
Background information
Birth name Hadiqa Kiani
Origin Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter Philanthropist
Years active 1995–present
Labels Sound Master, Lips Music, Fire Records (Pakistan), Hi-tech Music
Associated acts Irfan Khan, Amir Zaki, and Atif Aslam
Website www.hadiqakiani.net

Hadiqa Kiani is a Pakistani singer-songwriter.[1][2] With a groundbreaking musical career that has spanned over two decades,[3] Kiani is considered the single most popular female singer [4] of present-day Pakistan.[5][6]

In 2006, Kiani received the 4th highest decoration a civilian can be awarded in Pakistan, the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, for her contributions to music and her country.[3] In 2010 Kiani was appointed as a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill ambassador.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Kiani is single and resides in Pakistan with her mother, Khawar, who has been paralyzed since 2006 and her son, whom she named Naaday Ali. Kiani adopted her son in 2005 from the Edhi Foundation after the 2005 Earthquake. "I need a child and the child (needs) a mother, we have found each other" she said when adopting the child. On the same day Kiani made an official announcement of the adoption on Geo News political talk show, Capital Talk.[10] Later that year, Kiani got married to a UK based Afghani Businessman, Syed Fareed Sarwary. Their Nikah was a private event and attended by very close family members. However, the marriage did not work and in 2008 Kiani filed for divorce from Syed Fareed Sarwary.[11]

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kiani was born in Rawalpindi as the youngest of 3 siblings, her older brother (Irfan Kiani) and sister ( Sasha). Her father died when she was 3 years old. Her mother Khawar was the Principle of a Government Girls School. Since childhood, Kiani and both her siblings had a knack for music, and as such her mother and school enlisted her in the Pakistan National Council Of The Arts. During her childhood, she used to perform in front of crowds of thousands in various children music festivals. Music was also taught as a subject in her school and she received early education in music from her music teacher Madam Nargis Naheed. In Lahore she was classically trained by Ustad Faiz Ahmed Khan (Late) and Wajid Ali Nashad (Late). [12]

She went on to study at Viqar-un-Nisa Noon Girls High School Pindi. She represented Pakistan in International children festivals in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, and Greece, winning various medals along the way. She also used to be on Sohail Rana's children's program "Rang Barangi Dunya"; a weekly musical on PTV.[12]

As an eighth grader, Kiani moved from birthplace Rawalpindi to Lahore. Due to her excellent academic performance, Kiani graduated from Pakistan's top institutions, earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Kinnaird College for Women University and her Masters in Psychology from the respected Government College University (Lahore). The same institution where Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, and Ashfaq Ahmed studied.

In the early 1990s, Kiani came onto TV to host a children music program from PTV called "Angan Angan Taray." In the three and a half year long run, she had sung over one thousand songs for children and also hosted the same show alongside the renowned music composer Amjad Bobby (Late) and later on with music composer Khalil Ahmed (late). Due to the sheer amount of songs Kiani sung during this program, she was presented with the title of "A+ artist" on behalf of PTV joining the legendary likes of Noor Jehan, Naheed Akhtar, and Mehnaz. Kiani also appeared as a VJ for a music charts program called Video Junction on NTM.[13]

Kiani began to sing songs as a playback singer for movies in the early 90s, most notably was the hit Pakistani movie called Sargam (1995 film) which was starring and being composed by Adnan Sami Khan. The same year, she received various awards for her playback singing including the prestigious Nigar Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.[13]

1995: First album Raaz[edit]

In 1995, Kiani received the "NTM Viewer’s choice award" for the Best Female Singer of Pakistan. In the same Award show, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was awarded as the Best Male Singer of Pakistan.

The following year, Kiani released her debut album Raaz (Secret) in 1996. She composed and wrote the lyrics to her first single, "Jeevan". The album spawned a string of radio friendly hits and received positive reviews. One reason the album did well was because it was not common for female singers (from educated/non musical backgrounds) to release albums in Pakistan. Also, she was the first female singer to release a pop album after former pop singer, Nazia Hassan, gave up her musical career in 1993. Kiani's ability to sing in various dialects also helped the album gain momentum.[12]

In 1996, Kiani's debut had sold over 700,000 thousand copies, a very impressive figure for Pakistan.[12] This milestone came when piracy in Pakistan hit an all-time high. She kept on releasing singles from the album, all of which were received well. These included "Yaad", "Tu Agar Mil Jaata", "Jaan E Jan", and the Kashmiri classic "Manne Di Mauj".[13]

Her increasing popularity was further highlighted in January 1997, when Kiani became the first Asian singer to perform on the British National Lottery Live BBC One (a program with an estimated viewership 16.6 million at that time).[13] Afterwards she worked on two more shows with Bally Sagoo for BBC and ITV before going on her first U.S. tour in 1997. Her U.S. tour covered 15 states and a few cities in Canada.[13] The same year Kiani performed many other international events in the United Kingdom, Australia, and China. By the summer of 1997, Kiani was representing Pakistan as the only Pakistani singer to perform at "Celebration Hong Kong 97" at Happy Valley Race Course, alongside other International singers like Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet, Michael Learns to Rock, All 4 One and The Brand New Heavies,[13] an event to celebrate Hong Kong's freedom from the United Kingdom

By the end of the year she became the first Asian female singer ever to be signed by Pepsi Cola International. She was the second international female artist in the world to be signed, the first being Gloria Estefan.[13]

1998: Second album "Roshni"[edit]

Kiani started 1998 by recording the official theme song for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The Pepsi sponsored song was titled "Intehai Shauq," written by Kiani's mother Khawar Kiani and composed/produced by the iconic Nizar Lalani. The song was filmed by Jami and Imran Baber[14] and proved to be an instant success and captivated the country with incredibly motivational imagery and lyrics.

Amidst the World Cup recording, Kiani released her second album titled "Roshni." The third single from the album was Dupatta. The video was inspired by the sci-fi film The Matrix. The song is listed in the Twenty Best Pop Songs Ever for Pakistan, where it is positioned at No.15. The success of the song was attributed to its quasi-bhangra rhythm with "fat, funky techno beats" and Kiani's "dreamy-meets-husky vocals" which made the results "stunning." In the wake of "Dupatta"'s, success Kiani became widely accepted as the country's leading female vocalist.

Capitalizing on "Dupatta’s" success, Kiani went on to release two other moderate hits, "Roshni", and "Woh Kaun Hai". Her sixth single off the album, "Boohey Barian" went on to become an even bigger hit for her than "Dupatta". To date, "Boohey Barian" is widely accepted as Kiani's best single ever and noted as one of the most prominent Pakistani songs of all time.[15]

Kiani's massive success in 1999 was highlighted when she won PTV World viewer’s choice award for the Best Female Singer. She also released seventh single off the album, "Intezaar".[12]

Roshni sold over a million[16] copies in Pakistan alone. The album is listed in "The 20 Best Local Pop Albums Ever" for the country, positioned at No.15. Kiani is just one of two female singers in the entire list.[17]

Kiani’s success led to her being signed by Unilever for celebrity endorsement of Lipton in 2001. In 2002, she was signed again by Unilever for Sunsilk Shampoo after the overwhelming results of Unilever's national survey to find the "Most Popular Woman of Pakistan".[18] Throughout the early 2000s, she performed live concerts in the US, Canada, UK, Middle East, Far East, Australia, Norway, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.

2002: Third album "Rung"[edit]

Kiani released her third album Rung (Colors) in September 2002. She returned to promote the album in June 2003, almost 10 months after she’d released "Yaad Sajan" with a new single "Ranjhan" and several stage performances and tours around the country. She then released other singles off the album throughout 2003 and 2004. These included "Jogi Bun Kay Aa", "Mahi" and "Dholan".[19] In "Jogi Bun Kay Aa" Kiani plays various women’s roles, including a traditional Japanese, an Arab, and a tribal woman. She played a vampire in her video for "Mahi" which was directed by top director Asim Raza. The video showed that it is harmful to judge people of different faiths and castes, and also bad to stereotype. It was the highest budgeted video of the year 2003. During this time, Kiani was in the midst of her first divorce, however Kiani’s album sales continued to pick up through 2003 and 2004. In 2004, she received the Best Female Pop Singer Award by Indus Music, the first 24-hour music channel of Pakistan. Asim Raza won an award for best video for directing her video Mahi.[20] Rung got mixed reviews from experts. Overall it did not capitalize on the momentum generated by Roshni. Many argue that this is because Rung has more mature slow paced ballads than Roshni, while some say the turmoils of her personal life are to blame.[21] However, Kiani still remained a strong figure in the industry. Her name was mentioned in "Pakistani Pop’s 10 most Influential Acts Ever", in which she was ranked ninth. She is also one of just 2 female singers in the list, the other being Nazia Hassan. A UK-based Magazine declared Kiani the 22nd greatest music maker of South Asia out of a total of fifty artists, also mentioning how she raised the standard of music videos in the country.[22]

2007: Fourth album "Rough Cut"[edit]

In 2007, Kiani released her fourth studio album, Rough Cut, a collaboration with Aamir Zaki. The album had seen frequent delays in its release both due to Kiani’s busy schedule in 2005 and 2006 and because Zaki had moved to Canada while the album was being recorded. With the release of "Rough Cut," Kiani became the first mainstream Pakistani artist to release a complete English Album.[23] Prior to the release of the album, Kiani and Zaki teamed up for an Urdu song, written by Zaki, titled "Iss Baar Milo." The video was directed by the iconic Jami (director) and starred Humayun Saeed opposite of Kiani. "Iss Baar Milo"'s video production and acting performances, notably Kiani's portrayal of a "schizophrenic" patient in a Pakistani mental hospital left audiences stunned. The video was a major milestone in the Pakistani music industry, winning Kiani and Jami the title of "Best Video" by MTV Pakistan.

In April 2007, Kiani released the first official single for the album, titled "Living This Lie." The same week, Kiani was named "Hotstepper of the week" for The News by Jang Group. The article also stated that ultimately, "as long as Hadiqa is around, there is still hope for women in the patriarchal music world of Pakistan." [23]

Kiani’s second single from the album was titled "All The Same". Rough Cut failed to perform on the charts and did not sell as much as Kiani’s older works. Many experts have said that since an overwhelming majority of people in the country do not understand English the album did not sell as well.[23]

The first single titled "Living This Lie" got nominated and won for "Best English Song" at "The Musik Awards" in 2007. Due to the emergency situations occurring in the country in 2007, however, the awards were called off. Kiani also got nominated for Best Female Singer in the same awards.[18][23]

2009: Fifth album "Aasmaan"[edit]

In June 2009, Kiani switched record labels to Fire Records and released a new album titled "Aasmaan" (translated: sky) on 17 June 2009. It was Kiani’s first album in local languages since her release of "Rung" back in 2002. In the album, she sang in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindko, Pashto, and Persian. One song in the album has vocals featured by her elder brother (and manager) Irfan Kiani. She has also collaborated with UK producer JKD(Jawad Hyder)& rapper NAS-T on two tracks of the album, "Sohnya" and "Dil Mera". She also sang a Pashto duet with Pashto singer Irfan Khan.[18]

The first single of the album was "Sohnya". The official video of "Sohnya" was premiered a day before Kiani released the album. Since then the song+video stayed on the Aag top 10 Charts for over a month resulting in Kiani receiving a Shield from Aag10 for being the Artist of the Month.[24]

The album itself stayed Number One on the Vibes Charts of INSTEP Magazine for the entire year. By the end of 2009, Aasmaan was named the Best Album of 2009 according to sales volume, popularity and internet downloads.[25]

Every single released from the album "Aasmaan" reached number one. "Sohnya" was number one AAG10 Charts for over a month and was titled the best Pop Song of 2009 according to The Nation. "Tuk Tuk" was number one on Prime Tv Charts. "Az Chashme Saqi" went number one on PlayTv Charts and by the end of 2009 it was declared the third best music video of 2009.[22][25]

In February 2010, Kiani released the fourth single off "Aasmaan" titled "Janan" for which she collaborated with relatively unknown Pashto singer Irfan Khan. The song has become Kiani’s biggest hit till date and some say that it has even topped the popularity of "Boohey Barian". The song became the first Pakistani pop song to be mentioned by the Los Angeles Times, where the newspaper said that "Janan" was what the whole country was listening to.[26] Kiani nailed the Pashto accent and was fully embraced by the Pashto community. Some Pakhtoons even started to call her "Hadiqa Pathani," Kiani then started a massive trend in Pakistan of embracing Pashto culture, girls started to wear Pashto style dresses imitating Kiani’s looks on the red carpet and more mainstream singers began singing in the local language. The song gained immense popularity because it broke barriers, Kiani being a Punjabi singing a Pashto song and appealing to not only Pakistani Pashto audiences, but to worldwide audiences. "Janan" brought Kiani back to an "Icon" status in Pakistan for the youth. In the few years following the release, Kiani's "Janan" was covered by Afghan singers,[27] an American artist,[28] and most noticeably by Chinese singer Hou Wei at the grand South Asia Expo 2014.[29][30] The Chinese cover was done as a tribute to Pakistani culture which elevated the Pashto community in Pakistan while cementing the song as a national treasure[29]

Playback singing and musical contributions[edit]

In 1995, Kiani signed a string of Pakistani films as a playback singer, most notably the Adnan Sami Khan film Sargam (1995). Sargam went on to win various awards for Kiani, including that of "Best Female Playback Singer" at the prestigious Nigar Awards. Since Sargam however, Kiani has been mostly absent from playback singing in Pakistan. The exception came in 2011 when she became one of the primary playback singers for Shoaib Mansoor's highly successful film Bol (film). The film featured four of Kiani's songs, two of which were collaborations with Atif Aslam. The soundtrack of the film saw incredibly positive reviews and received four Lux Style Awards nominations for Kiani and Aslam.

In 2006, Kiani was featured on UK based producer Khiza's album "Loyal To The Game"'s lead single, "Mehr Ma."[31] The song was a massive success in Pakistan, and was seen as a great return to pop music for Kiani after her ballads in Rung. In the video, Kiani is seen with different hairstyles and outfits. The reviews were been extremely favorable,[32] one source said that "'Mehr Ma', which starts off the album is easily the best track on it. With Kiani showcasing her top-notch vocals and the music, which remains hip-hopish yet very desi, thanks to the usage of sitar, tabla makes it an excellent number." [33] Kiani also performed the song at the 2006 Lux Style Awards.[34]

Over the years, Kiani has provided vocals for a select list of TV Dramas such as the critically acclaimed 2011 Drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai's title track with Ali Zafar [35] and the 2006 hit "Aas Pass" with Atif Aslam.[36]

In May 2012, Kiani appeared on the 5th season of Rohail Hyatt's Coke Studio. Belting powerful renditions of Bulleh Shah and Amir Khusro to overwhelmingly positive reviews [37] and distancing herself from the legendary pop image she had built throughout her career.[38]

International performances[edit]

Apart from studio recordings, in 2005 Kiani was appointed by the government of Pakistan as the official representative of Pakistan.

On 11 August 2005, Kiani performed in Nagoya for the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Junichirō Koizumi . Kiani then performed in Toronto on 14 Aug 2005 by request of The Pakistani Consulate. She performed in Houston on 13 August 2005. The show was at Sam Houston Race Park, and it was attended by over 15000 people. Chief guest of the show was Sheila Jackson Lee who is a member of the US House of Representatives. In the same month, she performed at the Mets Shea Stadium New York on 18 August 2005. She closed the month of August with a performance at the Pakistan Parade in New York on 28 August 2005.[22]

On 2 October 2005, Kiani performed in Malaysia at the newly built Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur downtown. The Honorary Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr.Shaukat Aziz was the chief guest of the show. The show was part of Expo 2005 in Malaysia. Important business and political personalities from both countries attended the show. Kiani sang a song in Malay to show respect to the Malaysian people.

Kiani represented Pakistan on the 25th Anniversary of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) in Turkey. Islamic Countries such as Azerbaijan, U.A.E, Iran, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Turkey, Pakistan and Yemen took part in the celebrations. The event was organised by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. She performed at the AKM concert Hall on 23 November 2005. Among the audience were musicians from various countries. The biggest surprise for the audience was when Kiani sang "Sanalama" (Turkish song of Living Legend "Sezen Aksu"). She told the audience that as Turkey stood beside Pakistan in good and bad times, she wanted to convey the love of Pakistani people for the Turks. She also told the audience that she visited Turkey as a child star in 80s and represented Pakistan in the International Children’s Festival in Turkey so she had beautiful childhood memories associated with Turkey. The audience gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance, The Mayor of Istanbul presented a bouquet of flowers to her. After her performance she received invitations to participate in the upcoming Art festivals in various countries such as Iran, Syria, Qatar and Lebanon. During her stay in Istanbul she officially visited various historical sites in Turkey and conveyed the love of Pakistan for Turkey. Her performance in Istanbul was important news in various Turkish Newspapers.[22]

Kiani performed in China for the Chinese Premier on 21 Feb 2006. The following month, she performed for President George W. Bush on 4 March 2006. Commenting on her performance, Bush said "Ms. Hadiqa Kiani is extremely talented and should sing here (United States) more." She then performed for the Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah on 29 May 2006.[20]

Kiani performed as per the request of former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush on 21 September 2006 at prestigious The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. She closed the year by performing for Prince Charles of the United Kingdom and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on 30 October 2006, and again in China for the Chinese president on 23 November 2006.[18][39]

On 19 May 2007, Kiani performed at Dead Sea in Jordan for 28 Heads of States at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa.[40] Her performance took place on the second day of the three-day event while American singer Lionel Richie [41] performed the first day. Among Kiani's setlist for the night was the Arabic song titled "Ah W Nos" by Nancy Ajram which Kiani covered and then sang again the following year in Pakistan.[42]

In August 2007, Kiani was one of the headliners for the London Day Parade at the iconic Trafalgar Square, London which was broadcast by Geo TV to celebrate 60 years of Independence for Pakistan.[43] Kiani was the only singer who sang completely live that day.[44] She was also part of closing the show with the popular patriotic song "Jeevay Pakistan" alongside Ali Zafar.[45]

Philanthropy and social causes[edit]

In March 2007, Kiani was one of the many artists featured in a widely popular track called "Yeh Hum Naheen". In this song, various Pakistani artists joined to send out a message that the stereotype of Pakistanis is not correct and that they oppose Terrorism. The song also conveys an anti-terrorism sentiment in the music video and supported the anti-terrorism campaign, Yeh Hum Naheen, which Kiani is heavily involved with. Other artists in the song include Ali Zafar, Shafqat Amanat Ali and the Strings duo. The song was been picked up by international networks such as Fox News [46] and BBC and amassed a significant number of downloads.[47]

In August 2010, Kiani and her siblings worked with local Pakistanis along with the Pakistan Army to provide clothing, water, food and shelter to the flood victims of Pakistan following the devastating 2010 Pakistan floods.[48] Kiani also appeared in Geo Tv's telethon "Pukaar" along with Pop star Ali Zafar to appeal for donations.[49] In collaboration with Pakistan Army, Kiani made visits to Multan Relief Camp, Basti Kalraywala, Muzaffarabad and other flood hit areas, personally distributing goods to the affectees.[50][51]

On 8 November 2010, Kiani was appointed United Nations Development Programme Goodwill ambassador after being recognized for her individual philanthropic efforts.[7][8][9] Following being appointed, Kiani continued to construct housing facilities in Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the flood victims till she completed over 250 houses.[51] Nowshera was one of the worst flood hit areas in the country.[52]

In the beginning of 2015, Kiani was chosen on to be one of Pond's Miracle Mentors as an initiative to highlight and support strong women in the patriarchal Pakistani society alongside nine other renowned and influential women.[53][54] Later that month Kiani stood up again to voice her views on women in leadership at the Women Leadership Summit 2015 with then wife of former cricketer Imran Khan, Reham Khan and various other women who had achieved success in their respective fields including Muniba Mazari and Nadia Jamil. The summit brought international and local voices together as an act towards shedding light to the issue of gender discrimination in the workplace.[55][56][57]

Kiani works regularly with the Edhi Foundation and has been involved with many other charitable organizations, including Muslim Hands, SOS Villages and UNICEF.[58][59] She has also campaigned and been the ambassador for Shaukat Khanum,[60][61] OXFAM International,[62] and since 2010[63] the United Nations.[64]

Pakistan Idol[edit]

Pakistan Idol is a Pakistani reality singing competition that is part of the Idols franchise created by Simon Fuller and owned by 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia.[65] It is the 50th adaptation of the familiar reality competition format introduced in the British series Pop Idol in 2001.[66] It was developed for the Pakistani entertainment market by Geo TV.[67] The show brought together three legendary Pakistani personalities to judge the show, Junoon front man Ali Azmat, comic Bushra Ansari, and Kiani.[68] The first season of the show as heavily controversial but proved to be the most watched entertainment show in Pakistani history.

Recognition and present[edit]

In March 2006, Kiani was presented with the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan, one of the highest civil awards of the country, in acknowledgement of her services in the field of music and for shining an encouraging light on the country for over a decade. The award was announced on 14 August 2005 but the ceremony was performed on 23 March of the next year.[3]

On August 15, 2015, Daily Times (Pakistan) listed Kiani as the 15th [3] part of their 30 name list of celebrated Pakistanis who have brought a great deal of pride for their country, other names on the list titled "Pride of Pakistan" included Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy,[69] Malala Yousafzai,[70] and national hero Abdul Sattar Edhi.[71]

In April 2015, Kiani headlined the Music Mela[72] and introduced her newly evolved sound for the 3-day festival arranged by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ever the chameleon, the former "Pop Queen" of Pakistan[33][73] debuted herself as a Qawwali artist to immensely positive reviews and left people cheering for more.[74] Upon the end of the Mela, Kiani announced that she would be working on her sixth album titled "Wajd".[73][75]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Notes Result
Nigar Awards
1995 Best Playback Singer Sargam Won
Waheed Murad Award
1995 Best New Talent  – Won
Best Singer (Female) T.V.  – Won
NTM Awards
1995 Best Female Singer by Viewers' Choice Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan awarded "Best Male Singer" at same show. Won
Pakistan Music Industry Awards
1996 Best Female Singer  – Won
Best Selling Album "Raaz" Won
PTV Awards
2000 Best Female Singer  – Won
2010  – Honoured for contributions to PTV and to Pakistani music Honoured
Indus Music Awards
2004 Best Female Singer  – Won
2005 Best Female Singer  – Won
Women's Excellence Awards
2005 Excellence in Pop & Light Music  – Won
Government of Pakistan
2006 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction)  – Awarded
The Musik Awards
2008 Best English Song "Living This Lie" feat. Amir Zaki Won
Most Wanted Female  – Won
Aag TV
2009 Artist of the Month  – Won
MTV Pakistan Awards
2009 Best Video "Iss Baar Milo" (Awarded to Director, Jami) Won
2012 Best Music Act  – Nominated
Best Song of the Year "Dil Janiya" from Shoaib Mansoor's "Bol" Nominated
2009 Best Female Singer  – Won
Brit Asia Music Awards [76]
2010 Best Female Act  – Nominated
Best International Act  – Nominated
Indus Style Awards[77]
2010 Most Innovative Singer  – Won
Most Stylish Female Pop Singer  – Won
Lux Style Awards
2012 Song of the Year "Hona Tha Pyar" feat. Atif Aslam Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack "Bol" Soundtrack Won
2013 Best Original Soundtrack "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" (Awarded to Ali Zafar) Won
Big Apple Music Awards[78]
2014 Best Female Singer of Pakistan[79]  – Won
2015 Best Female Singer of Pakistan  – Won
Most Popular Female Singer (International)[80] First Pakistani singer to ever be nominated in this category. Nominated
Pakistan Media Awards
2010 Best Female Singer  – Nominated
2014 Best Drama Original Soundtrack "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Nominated
HUM Awards
2014 Best Original Soundtrack "Zindagi Gulzar Hai" Nominated
International Dynamic Women's Day Award
2015 The Dynamic Award  – Won
Daily Times Pakistan[81]
2015 Pride of Pakistan  – Awarded


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