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OPINION: How Recession, Controversies, Complains And Other Factors Mar Headies 2016

What a year 2016 is! Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Prestigious Music awards went down last night at the Eko Hotels Conventional Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and believe me it was a historical and ground breaking 11th edition of the awards the first of its king in Nigeria’s pop culture. 

Kudos to organizers for giving us something to be proud of and putting our music to the world while they damn every negativities preventing them from organizing this year’s show.

Many gainsayers will say 2016 is the wackiest edition of the awards but come to think of it.

It’s quite the year for the Headies. This marks the first time that two Headies Awards shows will be held in one calendar year. As it looked like just yesterday that Don Jazzy and Olamide created scene that took over the whole Nigeria’s social media space on New Year’s day, while we watch in delight, disgust and concern. 

Then comes 2016 Headies headies edition, with the bar raised so high in the hearts of fans to expect another explosive show. The expectations of people was evident in the turn out, many wanted something special, although no one had a clear picture of the Headies was thinking. For many others, they just wanted a show to rival the best of what the Grammys in US, and what MTV was doing on the continent.

These people were left disappointed as the 2016 edition failed to live up to its top billing. 

You will agree with me that, 2016 has not being a  year for business in Nigeria. The country is suffering the worst of recession, which has destabilized businesses, with inflation everywhere and the a downward spiral of the Naira having negative ripple effects on businesses across the country, thus affecting the standard of living. It’s a very tough year to get deals, secure sponsorships, and the Headies was hit with this. The event ran without a major big headline sponsor. Where are the MTNs, Airtels, Etisalats Hyundai and the rest?

Those who stayed glued to HipTv to watch live feed complained bitterly about the poor quality of the pictures and audio, while the production of the show failed to impress. The ideas were large and designed to be effective and entertaining, the performances all planned out, and the awards looking very shiny. But execution was a big flaw.

Compared to the previous editions, the Headies started on time. The boss Ayo Animashaun and his crew pulled this through this time and they deserve a big thumbs up for letting the show kicked off when 90% of the nominees, stars  and eventual winners were absent. 

Lateness is a culture of the country, and the Headies was disrespected by the stars who were always late comers.
The empty seats at the front row was a big pointer to this fact. 

The hosts, Falz and Adesua Etomi, did a great job. Even without not having enough time for rehearsals, they combined humor, wit, slapstick displays to put out a good performance, and salvage what they could. Falz and Etomi gave music performances, and their fashion sense was classy, they killed the crowd with the Bobrisky’s dipiction.

Performances on the night was not bad. The organisers attempted blending the old and new skool music with Tony Tetuila, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem came through to give us a trip back to the days of Remedies, one of Nigeria’s biggest music groups. 

Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba raised the roof, while Raskimono and Aramide’ performance is melding of two generations of music. For real music lovers, and it was purely-loving. 

Seyi Shay was elegant and sexy at the same time, dishing out a fire performance, before Flavour’s killed the show in an amazing wrap. 

At the start, the awards had a very low turnout of celebrities. Their absence was glaring with numerous nominees and awardees absent at the award. Notable absentees were last year’s headliners the entire members of Mavin Records and YBNL Records, two music companies whose bosses had a bitter spat at the previous edition.

 Simi failed to claim her award for “Best Vocal Performance”, Kiss Daniel failed to claim an award, Illblisss who was a big winner in two categories, Patoranking who won the Best Reggae/Dancehall single was absent, and Olamide won two awards, but only had one of his publicists, Olaitan to pick up the plaque. 

 Lateness and a heavy December schedule for many star acts ensured that holes were left in the ceremony.

The Headies scored a big point with Kcee and Harrysong reuniting on stage. The ex- Five Star mates were best of friends and frequent collaborators during their time at until November 2016, when Harrysong abruptly split from the group and swiftly set up a new music company, named Alter Plate.



But at the Headies 2016, all of that seemed to have been abandoned and peace achieved. Harrysong’s ‘Reggae Blues’ won the award for Song Of The Year, and Kcee, who collaborated with him on the track climbed the stage to welcome.“We been dey fight, but it is all settled,” the singer said, as they hugged and accepted the award from presenter Uti Nwachukwu. The duo later showed up to present an award category together.

There was drama too. In what looked like an embarrassment for Phyno, as the rapper failed to pick up any gold trophy. Phyno who appeared late and had a ceremonious entrance, won the Song Of The Year for ‘Fada Fada’, came out to receive his trophy. The rapper opted not to give an acknowledgement speech, grabbing the mic and coldly said "Me I no get speech o, Thank u for the award"


Wizkid’s arrival lifted the mood of the sheering fans as he also made headlines for was snubbing Eva Alordiah's fiancé,Caesar. Wizkid walked into the venue almost at the last hour sending the crowd into a frenzy. While walking past he reached out to hug someone, Caesar thinking it was him, stretched his arms only for Wizkid to ditch him and hug Eva.

What a year 2016 is! Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Prestigious Music awards went down last night at the Eko Hotels Conventional Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and believe me it was a historical and ground breaking 11th edition of the awards the first of its king in Nigeria’s pop culture. Kudos to organizers for giving us something to be proud of and putting our music to the world while they damn every negativities preventing them from organizing this year’s show. Many gainsayers will say 2016 is the wackiest edition of the awards but come to think of it. It’s quite the year for the Headies. This marks the first time that two Headies Awards shows will be held in one calendar year. As it looked like just yesterday that Don Jazzy and Olamide created scene that took over the whole Nigeria’s social media space on New Year’s day, while we watch in delight, disgust and concern. Then comes 2016 Headies headies edition, with the bar raised so high in the hearts of fans to expect another explosive show. The expectations of people was evident in the turn out, many wanted something special, although no one had a clear picture of the Headies was thinking. For many others, they just wanted a show to rival the best of what the Grammys in US, and what MTV was doing on the continent. These people were left disappointed as the 2016 edition failed to live up to its top billing. You will agree with me that, 2016 has not being a year for business in Nigeria. The country is suffering the worst of recession, which has destabilized businesses, with inflation everywhere and the a downward spiral of the Naira having negative ripple effects on businesses across the country, thus affecting the standard of living. It’s a very tough year to get deals, secure sponsorships, and the Headies was hit with this. The event ran without a major big headline sponsor. Where are the MTNs, Airtels, Etisalats Hyundai and the rest? Those who stayed glued to HipTv to watch live feed complained bitterly about the poor quality of the pictures and audio, while the production of the show failed to impress. The ideas were large and designed to be effective and entertaining, the performances all planned out, and the awards looking very shiny. But execution was a big flaw. Compared to the previous editions, the Headies started on time. The boss Ayo Animashaun and his crew pulled this through this time and they deserve a big thumbs up for letting the show kicked off when 90% of the nominees, stars and eventual winners were absent. Lateness is a culture of the country, and the Headies was disrespected by the stars who were always late comers. The empty seats at the front row was a big pointer to this fact. The hosts, Falz and Adesua Etomi, did a great job. Even without not having enough time for rehearsals, they combined humor, wit, slapstick displays to put out a good performance, and salvage what they could. Falz and Etomi gave music performances, and their fashion sense was classy, they killed the crowd with the Bobrisky’s dipiction. Performances on the night was not bad. The organisers attempted blending the old and new skool music with Tony Tetuila, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem came through to give us a trip back to the days of Remedies, one of Nigeria’s biggest music groups. Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba raised the roof, while Raskimono and Aramide’ performance is melding of two generations of music. For real music lovers, and it was purely-loving. Seyi Shay was elegant and sexy at the same time, dishing out a fire performance, before Flavour’s killed the show in an amazing wrap. At the start, the awards had a very low turnout of celebrities. Their absence was glaring with numerous nominees and awardees absent at the award. Notable absentees were last year’s headliners the entire members of Mavin Records and YBNL Records, two music companies whose bosses had a bitter spat at the previous edition. Simi failed to claim her award for “Best Vocal Performance”, Kiss Daniel failed to claim an award, Illblisss who was a big winner in two categories, Patoranking who won the Best Reggae/Dancehall single was absent, and Olamide won two awards, but only had one of his publicists, Olaitan to pick up the plaque. Lateness and a heavy December schedule for many star acts ensured that holes were left in the ceremony. The Headies scored a big point with Kcee and Harrysong reuniting on stage. The ex- Five Star mates were best of friends and frequent collaborators during their time at until November 2016, when Harrysong abruptly split from the group and swiftly set up a new music company, named Alter Plate. But at the Headies 2016, all of that seemed to have been abandoned and peace achieved. Harrysong’s ‘Reggae Blues’ won the award for Song Of The Year, and Kcee, who collaborated with him on the track climbed the stage to welcome.“We been dey fight, but it is all settled,” the singer said, as they hugged and accepted the award from presenter Uti Nwachukwu. The duo later showed up to present an award category together. There was drama too. In what looked like an embarrassment for Phyno, as the rapper failed to pick up any gold trophy. Phyno who appeared late and had a ceremonious entrance, won the Song Of The Year for ‘Fada Fada’, came out to receive his trophy. The rapper opted not to give an acknowledgement speech, grabbing the mic and coldly said "Me I no get speech o, Thank u for the award" Wizkid’s arrival lifted the mood of the sheering fans as he also made headlines for was snubbing Eva Alordiah's fiancé,Caesar. Wizkid walked into the venue almost at the last hour sending the crowd into a frenzy. While walking past he reached out to hug someone, Caesar thinking it was him, stretched his arms only for Wizkid to ditch him and hug Eva. Judging by the Headies standard, it was a poor show, the production failed to cover itself in glory. And a number of reasons can be put forward as causes. But the bottomline shows that the organisation was substandard. But if you can look away from this year’s production and see the bigger picture, then you will have a deep sense of admiration for what Ayo Animashaun has done with the Headies. It’s Nigeria’s most consistent and prestigious music show, standing out as the yardstick for measuring the best in the country. This year's edition is the 11th. What a year 2016 is! Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Prestigious Music awards went down last night at the Eko Hotels Conventional Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and believe me it was a historical and ground breaking 11th edition of the awards the first of its king in Nigeria’s pop culture. Kudos to organizers for giving us something to be proud of and putting our music to the world while they damn every negativities preventing them from organizing this year’s show. Many gainsayers will say 2016 is the wackiest edition of the awards but come to think of it. It’s quite the year for the Headies. This marks the first time that two Headies Awards shows will be held in one calendar year. As it looked like just yesterday that Don Jazzy and Olamide created scene that took over the whole Nigeria’s social media space on New Year’s day, while we watch in delight, disgust and concern. Then comes 2016 Headies headies edition, with the bar raised so high in the hearts of fans to expect another explosive show. The expectations of people was evident in the turn out, many wanted something special, although no one had a clear picture of the Headies was thinking. For many others, they just wanted a show to rival the best of what the Grammys in US, and what MTV was doing on the continent. These people were left disappointed as the 2016 edition failed to live up to its top billing. You will agree with me that, 2016 has not being a year for business in Nigeria. The country is suffering the worst of recession, which has destabilized businesses, with inflation everywhere and the a downward spiral of the Naira having negative ripple effects on businesses across the country, thus affecting the standard of living. It’s a very tough year to get deals, secure sponsorships, and the Headies was hit with this. The event ran without a major big headline sponsor. Where are the MTNs, Airtels, Etisalats Hyundai and the rest? Those who stayed glued to HipTv to watch live feed complained bitterly about the poor quality of the pictures and audio, while the production of the show failed to impress. The ideas were large and designed to be effective and entertaining, the performances all planned out, and the awards looking very shiny. But execution was a big flaw. Compared to the previous editions, the Headies started on time. The boss Ayo Animashaun and his crew pulled this through this time and they deserve a big thumbs up for letting the show kicked off when 90% of the nominees, stars and eventual winners were absent. Lateness is a culture of the country, and the Headies was disrespected by the stars who were always late comers. The empty seats at the front row was a big pointer to this fact. The hosts, Falz and Adesua Etomi, did a great job. Even without not having enough time for rehearsals, they combined humor, wit, slapstick displays to put out a good performance, and salvage what they could. Falz and Etomi gave music performances, and their fashion sense was classy, they killed the crowd with the Bobrisky’s dipiction. Performances on the night was not bad. The organisers attempted blending the old and new skool music with Tony Tetuila, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem came through to give us a trip back to the days of Remedies, one of Nigeria’s biggest music groups. Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba raised the roof, while Raskimono and Aramide’ performance is melding of two generations of music. For real music lovers, and it was purely-loving. Seyi Shay was elegant and sexy at the same time, dishing out a fire performance, before Flavour’s killed the show in an amazing wrap. At the start, the awards had a very low turnout of celebrities. Their absence was glaring with numerous nominees and awardees absent at the award. Notable absentees were last year’s headliners the entire members of Mavin Records and YBNL Records, two music companies whose bosses had a bitter spat at the previous edition. Simi failed to claim her award for “Best Vocal Performance”, Kiss Daniel failed to claim an award, Illblisss who was a big winner in two categories, Patoranking who won the Best Reggae/Dancehall single was absent, and Olamide won two awards, but only had one of his publicists, Olaitan to pick up the plaque. Lateness and a heavy December schedule for many star acts ensured that holes were left in the ceremony. The Headies scored a big point with Kcee and Harrysong reuniting on stage. The ex- Five Star mates were best of friends and frequent collaborators during their time at until November 2016, when Harrysong abruptly split from the group and swiftly set up a new music company, named Alter Plate. But at the Headies 2016, all of that seemed to have been abandoned and peace achieved. Harrysong’s ‘Reggae Blues’ won the award for Song Of The Year, and Kcee, who collaborated with him on the track climbed the stage to welcome.“We been dey fight, but it is all settled,” the singer said, as they hugged and accepted the award from presenter Uti Nwachukwu. The duo later showed up to present an award category together. There was drama too. In what looked like an embarrassment for Phyno, as the rapper failed to pick up any gold trophy. Phyno who appeared late and had a ceremonious entrance, won the Song Of The Year for ‘Fada Fada’, came out to receive his trophy. The rapper opted not to give an acknowledgement speech, grabbing the mic and coldly said "Me I no get speech o, Thank u for the award" Wizkid’s arrival lifted the mood of the sheering fans as he also made headlines for was snubbing Eva Alordiah's fiancé,Caesar. Wizkid walked into the venue almost at the last hour sending the crowd into a frenzy. While walking past he reached out to hug someone, Caesar thinking it was him, stretched his arms only for Wizkid to ditch him and hug Eva. Judging by the Headies standard, it was a poor show, the production failed to cover itself in glory. And a number of reasons can be put forward as causes. But the bottomline shows that the organisation was substandard. But if you can look away from this year’s production and see the bigger picture, then you will have a deep sense of admiration for what Ayo Animashaun has done with the Headies. It’s Nigeria’s most consistent and prestigious music show, standing out as the yardstick for measuring the best in the country. This year's edition is the 11th. What a year 2016 is! Nigeria’s Biggest and Most Prestigious Music awards went down last night at the Eko Hotels Conventional Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos and believe me it was a historical and ground breaking 11th edition of the awards the first of its king in Nigeria’s pop culture. Kudos to organizers for giving us something to be proud of and putting our music to the world while they damn every negativities preventing them from organizing this year’s show. Many gainsayers will say 2016 is the wackiest edition of the awards but come to think of it. It’s quite the year for the Headies. This marks the first time that two Headies Awards shows will be held in one calendar year. As it looked like just yesterday that Don Jazzy and Olamide created scene that took over the whole Nigeria’s social media space on New Year’s day, while we watch in delight, disgust and concern. Then comes 2016 Headies headies edition, with the bar raised so high in the hearts of fans to expect another explosive show. The expectations of people was evident in the turn out, many wanted something special, although no one had a clear picture of the Headies was thinking. For many others, they just wanted a show to rival the best of what the Grammys in US, and what MTV was doing on the continent. These people were left disappointed as the 2016 edition failed to live up to its top billing. You will agree with me that, 2016 has not being a year for business in Nigeria. The country is suffering the worst of recession, which has destabilized businesses, with inflation everywhere and the a downward spiral of the Naira having negative ripple effects on businesses across the country, thus affecting the standard of living. It’s a very tough year to get deals, secure sponsorships, and the Headies was hit with this. The event ran without a major big headline sponsor. Where are the MTNs, Airtels, Etisalats Hyundai and the rest? Those who stayed glued to HipTv to watch live feed complained bitterly about the poor quality of the pictures and audio, while the production of the show failed to impress. The ideas were large and designed to be effective and entertaining, the performances all planned out, and the awards looking very shiny. But execution was a big flaw. Compared to the previous editions, the Headies started on time. The boss Ayo Animashaun and his crew pulled this through this time and they deserve a big thumbs up for letting the show kicked off when 90% of the nominees, stars and eventual winners were absent. Lateness is a culture of the country, and the Headies was disrespected by the stars who were always late comers. The empty seats at the front row was a big pointer to this fact. The hosts, Falz and Adesua Etomi, did a great job. Even without not having enough time for rehearsals, they combined humor, wit, slapstick displays to put out a good performance, and salvage what they could. Falz and Etomi gave music performances, and their fashion sense was classy, they killed the crowd with the Bobrisky’s dipiction. Performances on the night was not bad. The organisers attempted blending the old and new skool music with Tony Tetuila, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem came through to give us a trip back to the days of Remedies, one of Nigeria’s biggest music groups. Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba raised the roof, while Raskimono and Aramide’ performance is melding of two generations of music. For real music lovers, and it was purely-loving. Seyi Shay was elegant and sexy at the same time, dishing out a fire performance, before Flavour’s killed the show in an amazing wrap. At the start, the awards had a very low turnout of celebrities. Their absence was glaring with numerous nominees and awardees absent at the award. Notable absentees were last year’s headliners the entire members of Mavin Records and YBNL Records, two music companies whose bosses had a bitter spat at the previous edition. Simi failed to claim her award for “Best Vocal Performance”, Kiss Daniel failed to claim an award, Illblisss who was a big winner in two categories, Patoranking who won the Best Reggae/Dancehall single was absent, and Olamide won two awards, but only had one of his publicists, Olaitan to pick up the plaque. Lateness and a heavy December schedule for many star acts ensured that holes were left in the ceremony. The Headies scored a big point with Kcee and Harrysong reuniting on stage. The ex- Five Star mates were best of friends and frequent collaborators during their time at until November 2016, when Harrysong abruptly split from the group and swiftly set up a new music company, named Alter Plate. But at the Headies 2016, all of that seemed to have been abandoned and peace achieved. Harrysong’s ‘Reggae Blues’ won the award for Song Of The Year, and Kcee, who collaborated with him on the track climbed the stage to welcome.“We been dey fight, but it is all settled,” the singer said, as they hugged and accepted the award from presenter Uti Nwachukwu. The duo later showed up to present an award category together. There was drama too. In what looked like an embarrassment for Phyno, as the rapper failed to pick up any gold trophy. Phyno who appeared late and had a ceremonious entrance, won the Song Of The Year for ‘Fada Fada’, came out to receive his trophy. The rapper opted not to give an acknowledgement speech, grabbing the mic and coldly said "Me I no get speech o, Thank u for the award" Wizkid’s arrival lifted the mood of the sheering fans as he also made headlines for was snubbing Eva Alordiah's fiancé,Caesar. Wizkid walked into the venue almost at the last hour sending the crowd into a frenzy. While walking past he reached out to hug someone, Caesar thinking it was him, stretched his arms only for Wizkid to ditch him and hug Eva. Judging by the Headies standard, it was a poor show, the production failed to cover itself in glory. And a number of reasons can be put forward as causes. But the bottomline shows that the organisation was substandard. But if you can look away from this year’s production and see the bigger picture, then you will have a deep sense of admiration for what Ayo Animashaun has done with the Headies. It’s Nigeria’s most consistent and prestigious music show, standing out as the yardstick for measuring the best in the country. This year's edition is the 11th.

Judging by the Headies standard, it was a poor show, the production failed to cover itself in glory. And a number of reasons can be put forward as causes. But the bottomline shows that the organisation was substandard.

But if you can look away from this year’s production and see the bigger picture, then you will have a deep sense of admiration for what Ayo Animashaun has done with the Headies. It’s Nigeria’s most consistent and prestigious music show, standing out as the yardstick for measuring the best in the country. This year's edition is the 11th.



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