“The #14thHeadies, it’s time to explore!” is one tagline that got here alive on the twenty first of February, 2021 which a number of years from now, will likely be remembered for a number of causes. One of which would be the extra credence and clout it gave to some business players– outdated and new, the snub, sting and spur it gave another expectant gamers, and the year-long consolidation and acknowledgment of days of inventive toil and laborious work of the business arms. But there was extra to the Headies than that, apart from such significances of the present, listed here are the issues we liked greatest concerning the 14th Headies:
The new classes
Music like humanity, will at all times proceed to evolve and break new limitations. The panelists that deliberated on the classes for the #14thHeadies awards confirmed that they understood the necessity to circulate with the occasions by creating new classes that mirrored the burgeoning narrative shift and inventive forwardness of the business.
These classes embody that of the songwriter of the 12 months, Best Alternative album, Hall of Fame and Special Recognition.
Thanks to the web, we’re now in an period the place creatives don’t have to attend until a very unpredictable twist of occasions will get them recognition and folks can now get their flowers in due time. This is the case of the breakout acts and newbies that made it by way of in 2020, the 12 months in assessment the place they made a reputation for themselves. The Cavemen are a few of the individuals who acquired their well-deserved flowers. As nicely as Omah Lay, the breakout marvel of 2020. Another is veteran rapper, Eedris Abdulkareem who gained the Special Recognition award. There’s additionally Fireboy DML who went residence with an armful of plaques.
With 5 wins at this 12 months’s Headies, Fireboy DML formally joins P Square (2006) and Wande Coal (2010) as essentially the most awarded artiste in a single evening. A champion 🏆 #14thheadiesaward pic.twitter.com/ZbH5BDJjIq
— TXT (@txt_mag) February 22, 2021
Over the years, the Headies has steadily misplaced a few of its hype and status as a consequence of one cause or the opposite. As a consequence, it has been smooth snobbed by most heavyweight artistes. But Wizkid had made the #14thHeadies an epoch second by gracing it, silently giving extra grease to the elbow of the youthful stars who aspire to tread the trail he’s taken and past, whereas additionally lending the Headies some credence from his ever-flowing purse of goodwill.
The Rookie musical cypher
While the organisational ethos of the Headies will likely be mentioned in one other part, one factor that was largely and undoubtedly gratifying was the musical cypher the place the contenders for the Rookie of the 12 months class held down the evening with highlights of their hit information.
So we had Alpha P move Olakira the mic to sing his In My Maserati, after serenading us with Paloma. Afterwards got here the winner of the Rookie award, Badboy Timz to place some groove in our seats with MJ. The mic subsequent travelled from the arms of Zinoleesky the Mapariwo crooner to Jamopyper who sang his coronary heart out to If No Be You.
The Good Energy
The 2016 Headies won’t depart anybody’s thoughts in a rush and it’s primarily because of the Don Jazzy and Olamide drama that ensued after Reekado Banks gained the award for Next-rated, a class which had Lil Kesh nominated on as nicely.
There was no drama at #14thheadies however quite, plenty of good vitality as all of us witnessed an evening of excessive spirits and good vibes from a number of new acts paying their respects to Wizkid, to the aforementioned musical cypher, then Omah Lay giving a shout-out to different contenders within the Next-rated class which he gained, there was additionally the hlarious movies of Bella Shmurda hanging out with Omah Lay and Oxlade.
— Ayo✨ (@EdaAysha) February 21, 2021
Here are the issues we’ll like to see an enchancment on ins subsequent editions:
The Headies have turn out to be well-known proponents of the idea of ‘African Time’ by beginning their award reveals late and the #14thheadies was no totally different. This time, as a consequence of it’s livestreamed function, a number of viewers received an earful of the present’s tagline earlier than the present began as they needed to look ahead to a number of minutes after which hours for its graduation.
The Headies is to the Nigerian music business, what the Grammy awards is to the American music business. Presently, the Nigerian music business is bursting with phenomenal creativity with one of many lushest grounds for music executives. As a consequence, all eyes are on the business and the Headies is to function the watchtower. In reality, the livestreamed present was the primary development within the nation but we’d all watched it in no increased than 480pixels whereas they handed judgment on music movies carried out up in 4k.
Due to this, we couldn’t totally recognize the fantastic thing about the stage setup and the seems that had been served by the present hosts and award announcers.
While quite numerous issues didn’t end up nicely on the show– the #14thHeadies version, and several other folks disagree with their chosen awardees which isn’t a brand new prevalence at award reveals, that is nevertheless not a nitpicking train and we’ll like to see the Headies do a greater job of representing the musical abilities of the nation in subsequent reveals.