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Headies Finally Offer Explanation On Controversial List

Posted by Temitope Delano on November 12, 2016 in News · 51 Comments


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With the controversy sparked following of the release of the nominees list Headies Award 2016: the organizers of the award show, has finally offered an explanation on the reason for the choice of nominees.

Via a statement the organizers offered an explanation saying:
‘Over the years, Nigeria’s most prestigious music award, The Headies has strived for excellence in building the award on true values of integrity, transparency and responsibility. We have worked hard to reward artistic ingenuity since day one and also educating the teaming fans of the award, the public and the entertainment industry about the rules of the awards and the criteria for nominations in each category. Often times, we realize that the fans, people in the industry and the media are either misled or not paying attention to the rules and criteria for nomination.

‘Hence, it is important to set the record straight and continue to enlighten the industry and the fans. We recognize how important The Headies is to our industry and we will not take information for granted.’

‘Next Rated for example are officially unreleased artistes in the year under review. This means, no matter how good or popular your song may be, how many hit singles or how many good music videos you may have, if you have not recorded and released an official album, you are still eligible to be nominated for that category. In the same vein, you may start your career a year ago, as long as you have released an album, will not the eligible for nomination in the Next Rated Category.’

‘Another category is Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, this category simply means, Best New Artiste meaning, you must have released your debut album in the year in review. Even if you have spent 10 years in the music industry and might as well released 18-20 singles; as long as you haven’t released an album, you are not eligible to be nominated in the Revelation Of The Year category. Until you release your first album you are then considered a new artiste in the year under review.

‘If Peter of P-Square releases an album in the year under review and it meets judges requirements, it can be nominated for Revelation of the Year otherwise known as best new artiste. Same happened to Beyonce after her Destiny’s Child exploits.’

‘Your song will not be nominated in the singles category be it Best Pop or Best R&B or Rap single category if the song wasn’t officially released as a single. This means, even if you release an album and a song/track off that album is good enough and meets other requirements, it will still not be nominated because it wasn’t released as a single, regardless of whether you shot a video for it or not.

‘Some songs came out before the year in review and became fairly popular, the videos were released in the year in review. This means it’s only the video released in the year in review that is eligible for nomination only in the video category and the video sometimes don’t make the list. Unfortunately, most people get to know about a song when the video is released so they think the song is new.’





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  1. Nyc talk HEADIES**

  2. i think this clear everything!

  3. This people are talking trash…contrary to what they said,Sean tizzle had realesed his album way before winning the next rated award and they say now that if uve released an album u won’t be considered for the next rated award……#self contradiction and bullshit!!!

    • Guy you are making a mistake Sean tizzle never release album before he won next rated, he released it after he won the next rated, the album later won best RnB pop album the following year

      • Mr Eazi has an album and he’s been nominated for next rated

        • do you know the meaning of album at all

    • dats not true he released it after he got nominated

  4. whack talk.. f**k headies..
    since depriving burna boy of next rated I knew headies organizers are confused.. very soon it will loose it prestige and pple had rather stayed back than participate in it

  5. seeing this.. . ‘The Headies has strived for excellence in building the award on true values of integrity, transparency and responsibility’.

    its an insult to the fans, artists and general public, cos your actions and dealings are of the contrary.

    i see you guys have boldly justified the crap you all put up! well good-news is ‘The Headies’ is a sell-out nobody is buying no more!! please take a break and re-organise yourselves!

  6. mumu explanation..headies is baiyas ..putting tekno in next rated..them Don start their wahyo and ojoro this year..the worst award ever ..you lost your prestige..

  7. lies .. big lies just to cover up for mistakes . headies make una raise una hand above ur bald head and give urself a knock ,, mtchew
    album kor .. album ni

  8. Stupid organisers..why una no talk about category of “artist of d year” what is d fuck olamide is doing on dat category..and what is d fuck olamide album “eyami weather” or wat eva name dey d shit is dont on “best rap album” category..is olamide a rapper..you guys ar so tribalism..when we talk of rappers in nigeria…dis ar ” mi abaga…vector.jessejags..falz….illbliss..phyno..reminisce….olamide is nt a rapper…he is just a noisemaker…thank God nigerian’s are nw realize dat is rubbish olamide is singing…i knw he will only win one award for dat “who u epp” d rest na wash……someone dat can not speak good english…dats why he is afraid to feature international artist…

    • Olamide can’t speak English yo a big fool at least o e can identify his origin through his dialect he can be proud to know his dialect and culture whereas you can’t even tell your friends the meaning of yo name in English Mr English or Johnny English respect pipo work okay God will blessed you like him

    • Youngb

      U are a stupid idiot. D person wea dey do u no try atall.

      Y na?? Is ur father a musician?? Y are u so hurt?

      If u cant take it dat olamide is nominated in does categories, go and hang ur sef and die. See as u are pained asif u are been paid. Ode

    • you dis idiot on a good hand you can’t compose simple English yourself accusing another person who can speak…. I can’t laugh

    • After reading what you wrote on here. I really want to accept that Olamide whose English you have criticized wrote this. See as English sweet for your finger.

    • Young b, u such a foolish man u can’t even compose a correct sentence urself, whether olamide sabi English or not he’s making his muller ode go and read ur book pained mofo who u EPP?

  9. YoungB I think you’re taking it personal with the YBNL Boss but I think everybody has his personal decision on what to feature on. Guy you type nonsense here and you need to be re-orientated with your statement..

  10. ReekaDo neva drop Album be4 he wins Headies?

    • No guy… He released his album Recently… “SPOTLIGHT”

  11. Then why was tekno not nominated last year or last two years? He has always been a bigger artist than reekado that won it last year!

  12. thats a lie..Burna boy had album and was nominated.still he lost to sean tizzle..Some years back iyanya lost in all categories but won artiste of the year, how on earth will you lose male artiste and win overall best.its like losing semi final and winning the world cup..YOU GUYS ARE SHIT. controlled by sponsors..Mandela ringtone came out weeks before the award, quickly created a category “best callertune” and gave harrysong…iyanya,sean tizzle, harry songs won cos of MTN

  13. But Falz hv realeased an Album why still nominate him for “next rated?”

    • he was not nominated naw, check list its ycee tekno humlesmith eazi and aramide

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  15. Don’t have much to say but solid star young six as said it all trabalisim n favoratisim which is unfair to we all Nigerians

  16. Bunch of confused organizer’s … The organizers of this shit are way too tribalistic… I comment my reserve tho…

  17. abi oh… falz don release two albums nd una still put ham 4 next rated …stop contradicting una sef

  18. Go check the nomination list before you comment….. Falz is not nominated in next rated category

  19. This guys are shit talkers,very lame platform to judge our acts ..Yungsix on next rated category ..6 o’clock album was an official album released by 6 years back ,so what shit are this guys saying

    • U are fool Yung6ix wasn’t nom 4 next rated…check d list again..must u comment?…ur Fight is even baseless…

    • U are a fool Yung6ix wasn’t nom 4 next rated…check d list again..must u comment?…ur Fight is even baseless…

  20. thats de true fact

  21. so many people don’t know anything about music and the industry they read entertainment news upside down and they coment sh*t. like olamide or not he as made is money big time keep beefing na u sabi

  22. See talk, big trash. Wat nonsense, adekunle gold and falz has release album buh dey re nt on d next rated list, wat d fuk is humblesmith nd ycee doin der, den gt album. Jst imagine self tekno on d list. Haba big disrespect. We’re d fuk is reekado nw, ur 2015 nxt rated. Wat has e done tru out d year? Buh see kesh is on fire diz year, headies dn cast ooo. Shoutout2all d ybnl families nd ybnl soldiers. Pls dnt tke it too personal oooo. Jst sayin my mind. Respect 2king baddo, go pak award cme bak again, no b new tin na yearly routine. I rep ybnl 4lyf.

  23. See talk, big trash. Wat nonsense, adekunle gold and falz has release album buh dey re nt on d next rated list, wat d fuk is humblesmith nd ycee doin der, dem gt album? Jst imagine self tekno on d list. Haba big disrespect. Wer d fuk is reekado nw, ur 2015 nxt rated. Wat has e done tru out d year? Buh see kesh is on fire diz year, headies dn cast ooo. Shoutout2all d ybnl families nd ybnl soldiers. Pls dnt tke it too personal oooo. Jst sayin my mind. Respect 2king baddo, go pak award cme bak again, no b new tin na yearly routine. I rep ybnl 4lyf.

  24. Lies upon lies

  25. And y z simi nt in d nxt ratd category

  26. Na lie abeg…jux chng d name to Yoruba award…..I notice dt since five years ago sef

  27. But wizkid won next rated 2012 and he won next rated with an album!

    • Wiz kid won the next rated 2011 and released the album same year

  28. All I knw is dat ds award is fo Yorubas,imagine phyno wasn’t given much nomination d hottest guy D’s year ….and too where ar our igbos singers I see only few… Foget D’s una talk abeg u guyz ar bias….

  29. fuck headies abeg una tribalism too much, carry una award give anybody cos headies now na yoruba award,fuck u all

  30. People are just been sentiment,, go and study the list of nominations before u come here for any comment,,,

  31. Youngb u re mad… folish man

  32. this is so self explanatory and concise,,,so tekno has no album and pple be saying he should be on nominees fr artist of the year, Who tekno epp

  33. Abeg who una help una just dey write rubbish

  34. hw dem go nominate tekno4next rated…Tribalism

  35. Lmao pple just come here to comment like illiterates haba, fucking check out d list b4 exhibiting ur stupidity on here mtchwww

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