1. The King of Kings of Qawwali: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the first to introduce the 600 year old Qawwali tradition of his family to international audience. Qawwali is a devotional music of the Sufis and Khan's contribution to Qawwali gave him a popular title of 'Shahenshah-e-Qawwali', meaning 'King of Kings of Qawwali'.

2.  Brooklyn Qawwali Party, a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: This band was formed in 2004 in New York by Brook martinez to perform Nusrat's music. The group now performs instrumental jazz versions of Nusrat's songs using conventional jazz instruments.

3. Grammy Nominations:  Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's collaborations with western artists like Peter Gabriel and Michael Brook produced beautiful pieces of music. A different blend of Qawwali and western music got his albums, 'Intoxicated Spirit' and 'Night Song', Grammy nominations in the year 1997.

4. Universal recognition of Qawwali and awards: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan received the President of Pakistan's Award for Pride of Performance for his contribution to Pakistani music in 1987. UNESCO awarded him the UNESCO Music prize and he featured in the top  artists and thinkers of the  '60 years of Asian Heroes'.

5. AR Rahman's tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Rahman was a big fan of Nusrat and he worked with him on his Vande Mataram album which was release during the 50th Indian Independence Day. Although Rahman couldn't work with him later, he gave him a tribute through his 2007 release song, 'Tere Bina' from the movie 'Guru'.

Source: wikipedia

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