The Headies awards has come and gone but as always it has left us with a lot of talking points. After the drama at the last awards show early this year, expectations were high for this one. This year’s Headies was praised when the nomination list dropped, it felt like the first time they actually got it right apart from the uneven number of nominations in different categories. This post is just a minor recap of the major talking points and has been divided in 3 parts; the bad, the ugly, and the good.
Organisation: It seems we get to complain about the same things at the Headies every single time, this is the 11th edition and they still can’t start on time, get quality pictures/videos, get good audio, at times we couldn’t hear what they were saying and you had to be with your remote all through to increase/decrease the volume as the situation requires. Headies organisers, please we are tired of complaining about the same thing every year.
Award winners: Can’t have an award show where there isn’t controversy about the awards being given out itself. This year’s major gaffe has to be Brymo not winning anything. For those that know, Brymo’s last two albums can stand toe to toe with any album released in its time frame, so not winning an award for 2 years in a row is nothing short of a travesty.
Then ill Bliss won the two rap category awards, including ‘Best rap Album’
Headies wyd, their fragile credibility takes a hit again with this award? This comes at a time when SA Hip-Hop scene is laying claim to being the best Hip-Hop scene in Africa and our best rap album is Ill Bliss’? No disrespect to ill Bliss but he doesn’t have the best rap album in the country.
Artiste boycott?: It couldn’t have gone unnoticed that a lot of artistes didn’t attend this year’s awards, most of the awards won was picked up by people other than the artistes themselves, there was no major YBNL, Mavin, Choc city artiste (the three biggest labels in Nigeria) there, which begs the question of whether it was an intentional boycott which we hope it isn’t, because as AY Makun explained, it was due to the fact that it was an end of the year event and artistes have already been booked for shows and they couldn’t neglect their obligations they had been paid for just to come to the awards. We sure hope that is the reason.
I have to touch up on the fact that Phyno, who surprisingly was there got an award, came on stage to pick up his award, said he has no acceptance speech and walked away.
Mr Phyno, you might as well have stayed in your house seeing as you want to be childish, the least you can do when you don’t have a speech is to thank your fans who buy your music and those who voted for you. Do better, Phyno.
Throwbacks: Nobody can complain about the throwback theme in this year’s award show, we got a remedies comeback, a Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba monster performance, a Daddy Showkey performance, a Raskimono performance and so on, it was without doubt a great thing to see these legends on stage once again, definitely highlight of the night. This was some all-round good stuff. Kudos to the Headies for pulling it off.
Award Winners: There is always bound to be controversy when giving of awards is concerned but Headies got more things right than wrong at this year’s edition. The Kiss Daniel wins, Wizkid’s, Darey’s, Simi, Falz, to name a few are awards won that could hardly be contested. The contestable one was the next rated, but we all knew it was between Ycee and Mr Eazi, so there can be really not much complains. Mr Eazi just had a sold out concert in Lagos without having an album out, need I say more?
Overall, I would say this was a decent effort by the Headies, it thrilled and frustrated in equal measures, we had great performances from the likes of Flavour, Jazzman Olofin and Ayuba and Daddy Showkey. Tu Baba’s performance was of the level of what we have come to expect of him. The hosts did a decent job, Falz was is irrepressible self, Adesua didn’t do bad either, I mean we would all sit and watch Adesua do nothing for 12 hours if we could. With better organisation, the Headies could become a major award show in Africa that everyone would love to attend but then we said the said the same thing last year.