MTV EMA 2019: The toughest competition in the Best Indian Act is…
By Bryan Durham - October 30, 2019
We asked the nominees in the category. Here’s what they had to say
The 2019 MTV EMAs (Europe Music Awards) is unique, in that it seeks to honour international artists across geographies and not just in Europe. The fact that one gets to vote for one’s favourite artist in the music (note, not just pop music) is a big deal in the Best Indian Act category.
The category has seen only Yo Yo Honey Singh win the EMA twice in the category. Bandish Project, Indus Creed, Prateek Kuhad and Raja Kumari have all been nominated at least twice since the inception of this category. Monica Dogra has had three nods, but no wins.
This year, Prateek Kuhad, Emiway Bantai, Parikrama, Raja Kumari and Komorebi are in the running. In their own way, each commands quite a few fans to make this a tough competition.
And if you want to see your fav artist, win, head to https://www.mtvema.com/en-in/vote before November 4, 4:29 am IST.
Meanwhile, we asked the nominees who they thought their toughest competition was. Here’s what they had to say…
WHAT HE SAID: No one. There is no concept of ‘competition’ in art. Please don’t turn this into a capitalistic blackhole. We are all hardworking musicians and in this together and it is absolutely irrelevant who wins or loses.
WHAT WE THINK: Like it or not, Prateek, award shows are capitalist blackholes, especially those with public voting. We’d be lying to ourselves if we think “it is absolutely irrelevant who wins and loses”. But that’s just us. You’ve already won this category once and called it “an honour”. Let’s not sit on our high horse and say there’s “no competition in art”, please.
WHAT HE SAID: No one as of now.
WHAT WE THINK: Going by pure numbers and if this were purely a popularity competition and by all logic, this one should be Emiway’s for the taking.
WHAT THEY SAID: How does it really matter? May the best one win. Being nominated itself is a big win for the band and Tears Of The Wizard.
WHAT WE THINK: It does matter, guys. Newbie or veteran, winning at the EMAs has its advantages. Just look at the list of past winners.
WHAT SHE SAID: Not to be cheesy but I think myself. I’m always trying to be better than who I was before. I don’t look to others as competition because they’re not trying to be Raja Kumari. I have to be the best version of Raja Kumari every time I get on stage. They have their own path and will be the best version of who they can be. At this day and age and time, I don’t need to think about what they’re doing. I just got push ahead with all my power.
WHAT WE THINK: Saying it as she sees it, RK brings in sass and sensibility.
WHAT SHE SAID: They are all huge competition. I can’t choose one. They have amazing following; they are really fantastic artists honestly. I can’t pinpoint to one, they are all great. I am lucky to be nominated.
WHAT WE THINK: Hard-working and humble, Tarana’s statement shows she knows the competition and her chances.
Either way, the EMAs have thrown up surprise winners like Alobo Naga & The Band (2012) and Big-Ri & Meba Ofilia in the past. So yeah, let’s see how this one goes down.