NAUGHTY BOY, A RISING STAR IN MUSIC
London, UK – Naughty Boy, aka Shahid Khan has picked up the Editor’s Award for Rising Star at the 14th annual Asian Achievers Awards. Naughty Boy, who collected his award from the gala event attended by the likes of Cherie Blair QC, CBE, Emeli Sandé and Lord Jeffrey Archer, said:
“To receive this level of recognition from my peers of fellow Asians is such a privilege. I’m proud of being a British Pakistani and I’m proud to represent the Asian community. I grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, where music, songs and extravagant dance sequences dominate, and that has really influenced the way I produce music today.
“Although I’ve worked hard, I’ve been so lucky to have such amazing support from my incredible family and friends. Making music is all I’ve ever wanted to do, and if I can do that while being a positive influence in my community, then that is just the icing on the cake for me.”
Shahid Khan was hand-selected by Founder and Chairman of The Asian Achievers Awards, CB Patel for his remarkable achievement in music. The self-made producer began his meteoric rise to fame in 2005 after he was awarded a grant of £5,000 from The Princes Trust. Later that year he also appeared on Channel 4’s hit game show Deal Or No Deal, presented by Noel Edmonds, winning £44,000, which enabled him to purchase equipment and begin recording music.
The 29-year-old has since worked with internationally acclaimed artistes like Emeli Sandé, Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Katy Perry and most recently with Zayn Malik of One Direction. He now runs his own production company, Naughty Boy Recordings, and his 2013 smash hit, ‘La La La’, featuring Sam Smith was a global summer sensation, with over 386 million views on YouTube, to date.
Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says: “I am delighted to be awarding Shahid Khan with my Editor’s Award for Rising Star. He had a dream and worked hard to achieve that goal. Today, he is a respected star in the music industry, working with some of the biggest names of our generation, and he is an outstanding role model for every young person who has a dream.”
Naughty Boy joins an impressive group of winners at this year’s Asian Achievers Awards that includes, Hanif Kureishi CBE for Media, Arts and Culture; Mahmud Kamani, co-founder of Boohoo.com and Priya Lakhani OBE for Woman of the Year.
The Asian Achievers Awards celebrates individuals who are responsible for bringing the South Asian community to the centre stage. Since launching 14 years ago, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped raise millions of pounds for charity and this year, the chosen charity partner was the Cherie Blair Foundation For Women.