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Sonu Nigam wins 21st Century Icon Award in UK



London: Popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has been honoured with the Magnificent Performing Arts Award at the annual 21st Century Icon Awards in London. Nigam was among a host of winners across a range of categories at a gala awards ceremony last week, devised as a celebration of dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals chosen from hundreds of nominations from around the world.

Over 700 Nominations were received and the Nomination Panel narrowed the Nominations to 44 Finalists. The Panel of Judges met at the London Stock Exchange on 19th August 2019 and decided on 18 winners. Finalists came from 22 countries-UK, India, USA, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Columbia, Russia, Turkey, Germany, France, Sri Lanka, Serbia, China, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago, Romania, Korea, Ukraine and Ghana.

“I am truly humbled to be chosen for this award. The nominations were from 22 different countries and it means a lot to me that I was the one chosen for this honour,” Nigam said in his acceptance speech ahead of the ceremony as he was engaged with his UK concert tour at the time.

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance UK, who won the Specialist Professional Award; Asha De Vos, Marine Biologist, Ocean Educator and Pioneer Blue Whale Research within the Indian Ocean,  were in the list who won the Inspirational Icon Award.


Meghan Markle reveals British friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry




Meghan and Prince Harry opened up on their struggles in an emotional documentary aired on ITV last night. Meghan revealed she was warned how different the media attention would be as a duchess rather than an actress. Her friends, Meghan said, were so concerned about the media scrutiny they advised her not to marry Harry.

Meghan told broadcaster Tom Bradby: “When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ “And I very naively — I’m American, we don’t have that there — [said], ‘what are you talking about? “That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in tabloids.’

The Duchess of Sussex also spoke about how difficult it has been for her to cope with the media attention as she was pregnant and a new mother.

Meghan was asked by Mr Bradby, who has filmed a total of three documentary with Prince Harry, about the “impact on your physical and mental health of all the pressure that you clearly feel under”.

She said: “I would say – look, any woman, especially when they are pregnant, you are really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging.

During the documentary, Markle said that her experience with the tabloids is not “fair.” “When people are saying things that are just untrue and they’re being told they’re untrue but they’re allowed to still say them, I don’t know anybody in the world that would feel like that’s OK, and that’s different than just scrutiny,” she said. “That’s — what would you call that? That’s a different beast. That’s really just a different beast.”

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