Tibetan Music Awards 2017 1 September 2017, Norbu House, McLeod Ganj, India

The award statuette - Lhamo Yangchen ma (Saraswati)

The Winners

Tibetan Music Awards 2017 took place in McLeod Ganj on 1 September 2017. The event celebrates music in a Tibetan context, and recognises and honours Tibetan musicians, singers, and others from the recording industry for their musical and artistic achievements and contributions, and to encourage excellence in the industry.

This was the eighth edition in the series since the awards were started in 2003.

The event is organised every two years by Lobsang Wangyal Productions. The awards have been decided by the public through online voting based on albums produced within the last two years.

There are 18 different categories for awards. The winners for this year are:

  • Best Album སྐད་འཁོར་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Oneness by Wangdak Dorjee
  • Best Lyrics གཞས་ཚིག་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Phur by Anu Ringlug
  • Best Song སྙན་འཇེབས་ལྡན་པའི་ གཞས་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Anu Ringlug for Phur
  • Best Fusion གནའ་དེང་འདྲེས་མ་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Kharag Penpa for Bardo
  • Best Opera Singer རྣམ་ཐར་གཏོང་མཁན་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Kunsang Wangmo, Bhandara Lhamo Troupe
  • Best Traditional Artiste སྲོལ་རྒྱུན་གཞས་གཏོང་མཁན་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Kharag Penpa
  • Best Love Song མཛའ་གཞས་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Milaam by Bhu Chung
  • Best Album Cover སྐད་འཁོར་གྱི་ཁ་ཤོག་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Semyang by Dhondup Choekyi
  • Best Devotional Album དད་གླུ་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Tenzin Choegyal for Heart Strings
  • Best Rap/Hip Hop རེཔའམ་ཧིབ་ཧོབ་གཞས་གཏོང་མཁན་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Missing Lhasa by Pemsi & Tenzin Seungyi
  • Best Debut Album སྐད་འཁོར་འདོན་ཐེངས་དང་པོ་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Dhondup Choekyi for Semyang
  • Best Act གཞས་དང་རོལ་དབྱངས་ཐོག་ཐུན་མིན་བྱས་རྗེས་ཡོད་པ།
    • Loten Namling for Porok Karpo Band
  • Best Music Video རོལ་དབྱངས་བརྙན་འཕྲིན་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Phur by Anu Ringlug
  • Best Male Singer གཞས་པ་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Anu Ringlug
  • Best Female Singer གཞས་མ་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Tsewang Lhamo
  • Best International Artiste For Tibet ཕྱི་རྒྱལ་བ་བོད་དོན་ཆེད་གཞས་གཏོང་མཁན་རྩེ་ཕུད།
    • Philip Glass for his long-standing support of the Tibetan cause and culture.
  • Special Recognition དམིགས་གསལ་གཟེངས་སྟོད་འོས་པ།
    • Anu Ringlug for their sensational song “Phur” that has stormed the entire Tibetan world.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award ཚེ་གང་གཞས་དང་རོལ་དབྱངས་ཐོག་བྱས་རྗེས་ཡོད་པ།
    • Dubey who wins the Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously for his life-long contributions to Tibetan music, literature and culture.
      The legendary Dubey is one of the most well-known among Tibetan music, singers, and lyricists from his era. He is especially known for introducing the Mandolin into Tibetan music.
      He died due to a liver problem in February 2017, when he was only 48.


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