Second International Shaan-e-Pakistan Music Awards (SEPMA) ceremony has begun with the first leg on Monday in Lahore.
The organizer Huma Nassr has honored musicians in 13 genres of music and 3 special mention awards. Over 78 nominees in 13 categories were part of the mega event in Lahore.
Several nominees talked to media and shared their feelings on the elegant White Carpet event.
Prominent Sufi singer Abida Parveen was honored with the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Lifetime Achievement Award.
Atif Aslam was honored with an award for promoting the global recognition of Pakistan. Xulfi was awarded for promoting the young talent of Pakistan, while Meesha Shafi won for the Music Icon of the generation.
Mustafa Zahid was nominated in the Best Rock Music category, Sahir Ali Bagga nominated for Best Composer, Syeda Hadiya Hashmi and Azan Ali Bagga were nominated for the Best Child Music category, Zain Zohaib in the Best Sufi Music segment, Bayaan Band nominated in the Best Lyrics category (for the Song Bekhabar), Sajjad Ali’s daughter, Zaw Ali for the Best Pop Music category and the maestro himself Shafqat Amanat Ali unveiled the trophy and was nominated in the Best Jingle category.
At the beginning of the SEPMA award ceremony, awards were given for the Child Music category. The nominees were Azan Ali Bagga and Syeda Hadiya Hashmi and the first presenter Mian Yousuf Salahuddin Sahab presented the SEPMA Award to the Nescafe Basement sensation.
After that, the award for the Best OST category was given. Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan won the award for his awesome song ‘Mere Pas Tum Ho’.
Category nominees were Sahir Ali Bagga, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Nabeel Shaukat Ali, Asrar, Shuja Haider, and Shani Arshad.