Award shows are filled with a lot of surprises and the Headies didn’t fall-short in this regard. The 2018 edition of the Headies award held yesterday (May 5), and boy was it filled with a lot of unexpected moments.
In regards to who won what, here are some of the wins that came as a shock to us.
Shocker: Aramide Won Best R&B Song
Aramide won the Best Alternative Song with her 2016 single “Fun Mi Lowo” ft Sound Sultan and Koker. This is not to downplay the singers talent or the beauty of the song but this is an award that was contested by; Ponmile by Reminisce, Romeo and Juliet by Johnny Drille and Nonso Amadi’s Radio.
The shock that came as a result of her win in this category has led Instagram comedian Ebiye to insinuate that the singer slept her way to victory.
Maleek Berry’s Loss
Yes you heard it. Maleek Berry didn’t go home with any award. The singer was nominated in four categories; Next Rated, Best R&B Single, Best Music Video and Best Collaboration for his inputs on Ycee’s 2017 smash hit – Juice.
Since his debut ‘Last Daze Of Summer’ EP in 2016, Maleek Berry has been on a streak. He’s released an array of hit songs that suffers no lack in terms of quality content. In the words of a Twitter user “Maleek Berry deserved an award abeg”.
Again, Burna Recorded No Wins
Burna Boy was once again not handed any award. The singer was nominated in Best Reggae/Dancehall category and the Best Collaboration category for his input on Skales’ “Temper” but lost all of it. More shocking is the fact that the singer has never won in the history of the award. Fans are already reacting to the seemingly Burna Boy snub by the Headies.
Wizkid’s Win In the Best R&B/Pop Album Category
We know Wizkid is everyone’s favourite but in no way is his win in this category justifiable except by the notion of “the artiste with the highest vote wins”. Wizkid’s Sounds From the Other Side may have been a major crossover project for African music, but in terms of good/quality music and local impact, the project doesn’t come close to Adekunle Gold’s debut “Gold” album, Simi’s self-titled “Simisola” album.
We love Wizkid but nah. We are surprised by this win.
Tiwa Savage and Wizkid Won Best Collaboration?
We love Wizkid and Tiwa’s musical chemistry but nah! Although very solid, the dynamism on Tiwa Savage and Wizkid’s Ma Lo doesn’t come close to what was displayed on Skales and Burna Boy’s “Temper” or Ycee and Maleek Berry’s “Juice”.
This victory came as a shock – at least to this writer.
Nasty C Won African Artiste Of the Year?
How so? How is this even possible in a year when Cassper Nyovest is selling out stadiums and millions of records? There is no questioning when it comes to Nasty C’s talent, but his influence and impact in Africa comes no where close to that of Cassper Nyovest at least in the year under review.
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