Rani Rampal, captain of Indian women’s hockey team, became the first hockey player in the world to win the prestigious ‘World Games Athlete of the Year’ Award. The World Games announced the winner on January 31, 2020, after a 20-day voting process by sports lovers around the world.
Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev was awarded the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on January 27, 2020. He received the award jointly alongside conservation biologist Gretchen C Daily.
Pavan Sukhdev was honoured with the 2020 Tyler Prize for his outstanding work in the sphere of the green economy. While receiving the award, Sukhdev stated that one does not have to be an environmentalist to care about protecting the environment.
Union Defence Minister presented the awards related to the Republic Day Parade 2020 at Rashtriya Rangshala Camp in Delhi on January 28, 2020. Assam’s tableau was adjudged the best among all the 16 participating states and union territories.
The floats of Uttar Pradesh and Odisha were jointly named as second best. Odisha’s tableau displayed Lord Lingaraja’s famous Rukuna Ratha Yatra. Lord Lingaraja was worshipped as both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in the 6th-century temple called ‘Lingaraj Temple’ at Bhubaneswar.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards were presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26, 2020. Billie Eilish won maximum awards along with her brother Finneas including best song and record of the year for ‘Bad Guy’.
Eilish became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist in the same year after Christopher Cross in 1981. The American rock band Cage the Elephant won the Best Rock Album award for their album ‘Social Cues’ and Tyler, the Creator won the Grammy for Best rap album for ‘Igor’.
The government of India has announced the names of Padma Award winners on January 26, 2020. Former Union Ministers – Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, and George Fernandes, as well as famous Olympian boxer Mary Kam, have been named for the Padma Vibhushan award on the eve of Republic Day.
This year seven prominent personalities have been chosen for Padma Vibhushan, 16 personalities for Padma Bhushan and 118 people for Padma Shri awards. The personalities who will be honored with the Padma Shri award include Jagdish Lal Ahuja, social activist Javed Ahmed Tech, social activist Sathyanarayan Mundayoor, social activist S Ramakrishna, social activist Yogi Aaron.
The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2020 was conferred to 49 children under various categories by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 22, 2020.
The Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020 was conferred under different categories including bravery, social service, sports, art and culture, innovation, scholastic and sports.
The Home Ministry announced the winners of Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2020 on January 23, 2020. The award will be conferred to Uttarakhand’s Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre in the institution category and Kumar Munnan Singh in the individual category.
Deepika Padukone was honoured with the Crystal Award 2020 at the 26th annual Crystal Award ceremony during the World Economic Forum’s opening session on January 20, 2020.
The popular Indian actress was awarded for playing a leading role in raising mental health awareness and her foundation Live Love Laugh. While receiving the award, the actress said that her love and hate relationship with the illness has taught her a lot such as to be patient, that you are not alone and most importantly that there is hope.
South Korean film Parasite has created history by becoming the first foreign-language film to win the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, Renée Zellweger won the ‘Best Actress’ for Judy and Joaquin Phoenix won ‘Best Actor’ for Joker. The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on January 19, 2020.
In television awards, Crown won the SAG award for ‘Best Ensemble in Drama Series’, Jennifer Aniston won ‘Best Actress’ in drama series for her role in the Morning Show and Peter Dinklage won ‘Best Actor’ for his role in the popular TV series, Game of Thrones.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was named captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams of 2019 and awarded ICC 2019 ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award. Rohit Sharma was also honoured with the ICC ODI Cricketer of the year 2019 award. The ICC Awards were announced on January 15, 2020.
Virat Kohli was honoured with the ICC award ‘Spirit of Cricket’ for his touching gesture during India vs Australia world cup match when he had gestured the crowd to cheer for Steve Smith instead of booing. Rohit Sharma was adjudged as the 2019 ODI Cricketer of the Year, as he hit record 5 centuries during ICC World Cup 2019 and a total of 7 ODI centuries in the whole year.