Although the Headies Awards, one of the biggest music awards in Africa has come and gone, some of the memorable events of the glamourous night are still trending in the social media platforms as we reflect on five of the biggest names in the music clan who failed to pick up the coveted plagues.
The Headies Awards which was held on Saturday, 5th May 2018 at the Convention Centre, Eco Hotels and Suites, Lagos, was the 12th edition of the music event but despite creating winners in 27 categories, on that faithful night, some funs were left disappointed as their favourite acts went home empty handed. The awards celebrated artistes who have enjoyed remarkable success in the year under review.
The biggest winners include Davido and Simi who both won three plagues each and Wizkid who bagged two Solo awards and one collabo award for ‘Malo’ with Tiwa Savage.
Some categories however left questions to be asked with some taking to the social media to air their grievances.
Here are five of the biggest loosers at the Headies Awards Night:
D Run Town: Perhaps the biggest snub of the night, Run Town was nominated in three categories for Best Pop single category, Headies viewers choice and song of the year. The singer, who had a steady rise following the release of his debut album “Ghetto University” in 2015 and delivered some of the biggest songs in “Mad Over You” and said with South African rapper, Nastec was expected to at least bag one award on the night, but he ended up with none.
Another artiste, who has enjoyed a really big year is Tekno Miles, despite critical and commercial success over the past couple of years, Tekno only received one nomination for producer of the year with Davido’s. The talented artiste and producer had released the smaship hit single ‘Pana’ in July 2016 which falls within the year under review for the awards.
Tekno soon followed up with other hit singles like ‘Yawa’, but somehow was not considered good enough for artistic nominations more so an award.
Burna Boy: Now this is the one that raised a number of eye brows, individually Burna Boy is one of the most talented acts around and in an industry where Reggae and dance hall acts are not exactly falling from the sky in their numbers. It is believed that with the quality of the material that he puts out, he should be winning at the Headies.
Nominated for Best Reggae/Dancehall Act with his single ‘Rock Your Body’, the artiste lost out to 2 baba’s Holy Holy. This is not the first time that Burna Boy will be losing out on the Headies as he had previously lost the next Rated.
At 2013 edition which was won by Sean Tizzle alongside the Hip Hop Revelation of the year and Best RnB Single at the 2014 edition.
Erigga: Predicted as favourite for the Lyricist on the Roll category, Erigga like previous years left the Headies with nothing to show for it. Up for two nominations, including Best Rap album, the rapper who enjoyed critical acclaim from Hip Hop heads for his single ‘Industry Night’ refix off “TheTrip to the South” album took to his twitter page to vent his frustration at losing out yet again.
Adekunle Gold: With his sophomore album due for release any time soon, Adekunle Gold can look back and count his blessings over past three years, but not a Headie. The Gold album released in July 2016 is considered a near classic by critics, parading singles like ‘Orente’, pick up, Friend Zone, Ariwo Ko and many more.
Adekunle Gold delivered a project that earned him plaudits not just at home but abroad, peaking at No 7 in the bill boards world album charts. Nominated in five individual categories including Best RnB/Pop album of the year, the singer who had also bagged four nominations at the 2018 edition of the Headies could not get a plague.
My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner
Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.
Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer
Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021
The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.
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