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Psquare, Wizkid, Vector emerge top winners at The Headies 2012

By Osagie Alonge

Wizkid at The Headies 2012

The 2012 edition of one of Africa’s most prestigious entertainment awards shows The Headies took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012, hosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I

The show, which took place at the expo hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites for the third time in a row, can be described as a mixture of sorts – depending on who and how you saw the show.

Rapper Vector might consider himself the biggest winner of the night; after receiving his first ever ‘Headie’ in the ‘Best Rap Single’ category for his hit ‘Angeli’ featuring 9ice, the lanky rapper also picked up the ‘Lyricist on the Roll’ award which was presented by the five-time winner of that category, Modenine.

The awards show saw Psquare return to the Headies’ honours list after a two-year hiatus. After receiving six nominations, the pop twin duo with their ‘Invasion’ album won not one, but two awards – in the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B-Pop Album’ categories. In addition, elder brother Jude Okoye also received the award for ‘Best Music Video,’ beating tough competition from Clarence Peters.

The biggest award of the night ‘Artiste of the Year’ went to EME signee Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun. The 22-year-old, who was the third and final act to walk away with two awards was also awarded the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award. ‘I want to thank you all for supporting me‘, Wizzy said as he picked up his second award.

Meanwhile, the MAVIN Records crew picked up awards for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ in both male and female categories – with Wande Coal’s ‘Private trips’ and Tiwa Savage’s ‘Love me 3x’ coming out tops respectively.

Surprise winners included May D, whoy beat Tiwa Savage, Bez and Wande Coal to win the ‘Best R&B Single’ for his dancehall-pop themed ‘Soundtrack.’ and Sound Sultan who beat Psquare, Sauce Kid in the ‘Best Collabo’ category for his duet with Flavour and Xcel on ‘Orobo’ remix.

The coveted ‘Next Rated’ award which comes with the special prize of a Hyundai Sonata was won by none other than Davido, who has had a fantastic run in the last year – releasing three number-one singles and subsequently a debut album – ‘Omo Baba Olowo: The Genesis‘.

Highlights of the show were the live band performances from Bez and Praiz, who rendered their duet ‘Stupid song‘, Timi Dakolo who gripped the audience with his ‘Great nation’ song, and surprisingly rookies Burna Boy and Dammy Krane.

One couldn’t help but notice the absence of quite a number of celebrities (most especially the winners). Afrobeat maestro Femi Kuti, who was billed to be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ and perform for the first time at a Nigerian awards show was also surprisingly absent.

The show however ended on a high note, with the EME all stars - Banky W, Wizkid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee and DJ Xclusive delivering a heavy performance.

Check out the full list below…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Everybody Loves Ice Prince – Ice Prince

The Invasion – P-Square – WINNER

Superstar – Wizkid

Super C Season – Naeto C

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

P-Square

Wizkid – WINNER

Ice Prince

Naeto C

D’Banj

SONG OF THE YEAR

Chop My Money – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D

Dami Duro – Davido

Oliver Twist – D’banj – WINNER

Gaga Crazy- Chuddy K

Kukere – Iyanya

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Stupid Song – Bez

Private Trips – Wande Coal

Ara – Brymo – WINNER

I Love You – Praiz

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Cobhams – Stupid Song (Bez)

Tee-Y Mix – Super C Season (Naeto C) – WINNER

Shizzy – Dami Duro (Davido)

J Sleek – Private Trips (Wande Coal)

Jesse Jags – E.L.I (Ice Prince)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)

5 & 6 (Naeto C) – Clarence Peters

Chop My Money Remix (P-Square) – Jude Okoye – WINNER

Ara (Brymo) – Ajeh

Kosorombe (Dipp ft. Da Grin) – Mex

BEST R&B SINGLE

Private Trips – Wande Coal

Stupid Song – Bez

Nawti – Olu Maintain

Soundtrack – May D – WINNER

Love Me (3X) – Tiwa Savage

BEST POP SINGLE

Dami Duro – Davido

Oliver Twist – D’Banj

Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K

Chop My Money – P-Square

Kukere – Iyanya – WINNER

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

Superstar – Wizkid

Super Sun – Bez

Versus – 9ice

The Invasion – P-Square – WINNER

BEST RAP SINGLE

Too Much Money – Iceberg Slim

Shutdown – Phyno

Angeli – Vector ft. 9ice – WINNER

Oh My Gosh – Yung6ix

Young Erikina – Olamide

BEST RAP ALBUM

E.L.I – Ice Prince – WINNER

The Dreamer Project – Show Dem Camp

Rapsodi – Olamide

Super C Season – Naeto C

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Vector – Angeli – WINNER

Yung6ix – Oh My Gosh

Iceberg Slim – Too Much Money

Phyno – Shutdown

Erigga – Mo Street Gan

BEST COLLABO

Chop My Money remix – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D

Angeli – Vector Ft. 9ice

Carolina – Sauce Kid Ft. Davido

Stupid Song – Bez Ft. Praiz

Orobo – Sound Sultan Ft. Excel & Flavour – WINNER

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Wande Coal – Private trips – WINNER

Banky W – Low Key

Praiz – I Love You

Brymo – Ara

Bez – Stupid Song

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Tiwa Savage – Love Me, Love, Love Me – WINNER

Chidinma – Kedike

Ijeoma  – Oloomi

Waje – Na The Way

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Non Nigerian category

Sarkodie (Ghana) – Azonto – WINNER

Camp Mulla (Kenya) – Feel No Pain

D-Black (Ghana) – Get On The Dancefloor

Zahara (South Africa) – Loliwe

BEST STREET HOP

Kako Bi Chicken – Reminisce

Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K – WINNER

Akpako – Terry G

Roll – Rayce

Mo Street Gan – Erigga

NEXT RATED

Davido – WINNER

Eva (Alordiah)

Praiz

Chuddy K

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Wizkid – WINNER

Ice Prince

Bez

Timi Dakolo

Olamide

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