'Rahman has redefined contemporary Indian music and is the pride of the entire nation. He is also an idol to millions for making a mark on the global music arena,' Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN Network 18, said Thursday.
The other nominees in the category included megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Prince Group of Orissa and Colors Entertainment Channel.
Rahman will be given the award Dec 21 at Hotel Taj Palace in the capital. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the occasion.