The Kerala State Film Award for Best Singer is an honour, established in 1969, and presented annually at the Kerala State Film Awards of India for best female and male playback singer in Malayalam cinema. The first recipients of the award were P. Leela and K. J. Yesudas. K. J. Yesudas has been the winner with 25 wins, followed by K. S. Chithra with 16 and S. Janaki with 11 awards.K. S. Chithra won the award for 11 successive years ( 1985 - 1996 ) that is the most times ever
|1969||K. J. Yesudas||Kumara Sambhavam||Polthinkalkkala|
|1973||K. J. Yesudas||Various films||–|
|1977||Jagadguru Aadisankaran, Angeekaaram||Shankara Digvijayam, Neelajalaashayathil|
|1979||K. J. Yesudas||Ulkkadal||Krishnathulasi Kathirukal|
|1980||Mela, Manjil Virinja Pookkal , Angadi||Manassoru Manthrika, Mizhiyoram, Paavada Venam|
|1984||Swantham Sharika||Ee Marubhoovil|
|1985||Ambada Njaane! , Oru Kudakeezhil||Vachalamakum Mounam, Anuragini Itha En|
|1986||Nakhakshathangal||Areyum Bhavagayakan akkum|
|1987||M. Balamuralikrishna||Swathi Thirunal (film)||Mokshamu Galadha|
|1988||G. Venugopal||Moonnam Pakkam||Unarumee Gaanam|
|1989||M. G. Sreekumar||Kireedam, Vadakkunokkiyantram||Kanneer Poovinte, Maayaa Mayooram|
|1990||G. Venugopal||Sasneham||Thane Poovitta Moham|
|1991||M. G. Sreekumar||Kilukkam , Thudarkkatha||Kilukil Pambaram, Aathira Varavayi|
|1993||K. J. Yesudas||Akashadoothu, Padheyam, Chenkol||Raappadi Kezhunnuvo, Chandrakantham Kondu, Madhuram Jeevamrutha|
|1995||No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North, Mazhayethum Munpe, Punnaram||Ponnambili Pottum Thott, Aathmavin Pusthakathaalil, Japamaay Vedha Sadhakamaay|
|1996||Deshadanam, Thooval Kottaram||Kaliveedurangiyallo, Parvathi Manohari|
|1998||Ayal Kadha Ezhuthukayanu||Etho Nidra Than|
|1999||Jayachandran||Niram||Prayam Nammil Moham|
|2000||Vidhu Prathap||Sayahnam||Kaalame Kaikkolluka Nee|
|2001||K. J. Yesudas||Ravanaprabhu||Aakasha Deepangal Sakshi|
|2002||Madhu Balakrishnan||Valkannadi||Amme Amme|
|2004||G. Venugopal||Ullam||Aadedi Aadadedi|
|2005||M. Jayachandran||Nottam||Melle Melle|
|2006||Srinivas||Rathri Mazha||Bansuri Sruthi Pole|
|2007||Vijay Yesudas||Nivedyam||Kolakkuzhalvili Ketto|
|2008||Shankar Mahadevan||Madampi||Kalyana Kacheri|
|2009||K. J. Yesudas||Madhya Venal||Swantham Swantham|
|2010||Hariharan||Paattinte Palazhy||Paattu Paaduvan Mathram|
|2012||Vijay Yesudas||Grandmaster, Spirit||Akaleyo Nee, Mazhakondu Mathram|
|2014||K. J. Yesudas||White Boys||Aadityakiranangal|
|2015||Jayachandran||Jilebi, Ennum Eppozhum, Ennu Ninte Moideen||Njanoru Malayali, Malarvaka Kombathu, Saradambaram|
|2016||Sooraj Santhosh||Guppy||Thaniye Mizhikal|
|2017||Shahabaz Aman||Mayaanadhi||Mizhiyil Ninnum|
|2019||Najim Arshad||Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha||Aathmavile|
|2020||Shahabaz Aman|| Halal Love Story,|
|2021||Pradeep Kumar||Minnal Murali|
|11 (1985-95 )|
|1969||P. Leela||Kadalpalam||Ujjayiniyile Gayika|
|1970||S. Janaki||Sthree||Innale Neeyoru|
|1971||P. Susheela||Oru Penninte Kadha||Poonthenaruvi|
|1972||S. Janaki||Pulliman||Aayiram Varnangal|
|1973||P. Madhuri||Eanippadikal||Praananaadhanenikku Nalkiya|
|1974||S. Janaki||Chandrakantham||Aa Nimishathinte|
|1975||P. Susheela||Chuvanna Sandhyakal||Poovukalkku Punyakaalam|
|1976||S. Janaki||Aalinganam||Thushaara Bindukkale|
|1978||P. Madhuri||Tharoo Oru Janmam Koodi||Raakkilikal Paadi|
|1979||S. Janaki||Thakara||Mouname Nirayum|
|1980||Manjil Virinja Pookkal, Aniyaatha Valakal, Chamaram||Manjanikombil, Oru Mayilppeeliyay, Naadha Nee Varum|
|1982||Olangal, Ith Njangalude Katha||Thumbi Vaa, Swarna Mukile|
|1983||Kattathe Kilikkoodu||Gopike Nin Viral|
|1985||K. S. Chithra||Ente Kaanakkuyil, Nirakkoottu||Ore Swaram, Poomaaname|
|1987||Eenam Maranna Kattu, Ezhuthapurangal||Eenam Maranna Kaatte, Thalolam Paithal|
|1988||Vaishali||Indu Pushpam Choodi Nilkkum|
|1989||Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha , Mazhavilkavadi||Kalari Vilakku, Thanka Thoni|
|1990||Njan Gandharvan, Innale||Palappoove Nin, Kannil Nin Meyyil|
|1991||Keli, Santhwanam||Thaaram Vaalkannadi, Swara Kanyakamar|
|1993||Sopanam , Chamayam , Ghazal||Ponmeghame, Rajahamsame, Sangeethame|
|1996||Sujatha||Azhakiya Ravanan||Pranayamani Thooval|
|1997||Bhavana Radhakrishnan||Kaliyattam||Ennodenthini Pinakkam|
|1999||K. S. Chithra||Angene Oru Avadhikkalathu||Pular Veyilum Pakal Mukilum|
|2000||Asha G. Menon||Mazha||Aaradyam Parayum|
|2001||K. S. Chithra||Theerthadanam||Mooli Mooli Kaattinundoru|
|2003||Gayatri Asokan||Sasneham Sumithra||Enthe Nee Kanna|
|2005||K. S. Chithra||Nottam||Mayangippoyi|
|2006||Sujatha||Rathri Mazha||Bansuri Sruthi Pole|
|2007||Shweta Mohan||Nivedyam||Kolakkuzhal Vili Ketto|
|2009||Shreya Ghoshal||Banaras||Chandu Thottille|
|2011||Shreya Ghoshal||Veeraputhran , Rathinirvedam||Kannodu Kannoram, Kannoram Chingaram|
|2012||Sithara Krishnakumar||Celluloid||Enundodi Ambili Chantham|
|2013||Vaikom Vijayalakshmi||Nadan||Ottaykku Padunna|
|2014||Shreya Ghoshal||How Old Are You?||Vijanathayil|
|2015||Madhushree Narayan||Edavappathy||Pashyathi Dhishi Dhishi|
|2016||K. S. Chithra||Kambhoji||Nadavathil Thuranilla|
|2018||Shreya Ghoshal||Aami||Neermathaala Poovinnullil|
|2019||Madhushree Narayan||Kolaambi||Parayatharikil Vanna Pranayame|
|2020||Nithya Mammen||Sufiyum Sujathayum||Vaathikkalu Vellari pravu|
|2021||Sithara Krishnakumar||Kaanekkaane||Paalnilavin Poykayil|
|2012||G. Sreeram||Special Mention||Celluloid||Kaatte Kaatte Nee|
|2012||Vaikom Vijayalakshmi||Special Mention||Celluloid||Kaatte Kaatte Nee|
|2013||Mridula Warrier||Special Jury Award||Kalimannu||Lalee Lalee|
|2014||M. G. Swarasagar||Special Mention||Manalchitrangal||Kunjikkuruvikale, Doore Chaare Vachalamay|
|2015||Sreya Jayadeep||Special Mention||Amar Akbar Anthony||Enno Njanente|
|2020||Nanchiyamma||Special Mention (Special award for transpersons or women for any category)||Ayyappanum Koshiyum||Kalakkatha Sandanamera|
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