The Headies are an accolade established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievement in the Nigerian music industry. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists.As a matter of fact, the consistent efforts of the organizers of the award have made stakeholders in the music industry label the award as the most prestigious in Nigeria and has been making waves since established.
Traditionally, the news of Headies Award nominees list and ceremony date do spark up tension in the minds of anxious-to-win Nigerian artistes and their fans. In short, the anticipation rate of Headies Award is always at 100 percent level. The award ceremony which has been in running for 11 years, appears to be a no-show last year, it marked the first time ever, that the awards will not be holding. Following dramas happening in its past events I am confident to say the Organisers are failures, let’s take a flashback to The 2015 edition, which held on January 1, 2016, which was famous for its celebrity clashes. They involved Don Jazzy and Olamide going head to head, after Mavin Record’s Reekado Banks, won the ‘Next Rated’ award over the more popularly acclaimed YBNL rapper, Lil Kesh. The category honors the most promising musician during the year in review, comes with a brand new ride for the winner, even In 2013, Burna Boy angrily stormed out of the event after losing out to Sean Tizzle.
However in The 2016 edition held at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event was hosted by Adesua Etomi and Falz. Controversies surrounding the nomination of some artists in the next rated category caused the organizers to disqualify Tekno Miles. Others absent included the Mavins and YBNL Nation. Wizkid graced the occasion alongside other top Nigerian celebrities.
Several Dramas has emerged lately regarding the Headies award, according to an unknown source, the organizers of this awards collect huge money from upcoming acts promising to give them a platform for performance at the event but fail doing so. All artiste lodged at the Eko hotel did not come down for their awards instead they sent representatives.So, does this mean in terms of credibility, Reekado Banks and Lil Kesh ‘Next Rated’ controversy at the 2015 headies has finally hunted down the Headies Award? or should we say the legacy of Wizkid, Davido and other Nigerian artistes at MOBO, AFRIMA, NEA and MTV EMA Awards rendered Headies worthless?