THE HEADIES 2012: Nominees List Review by Tosin Adeda

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The Headies 2012 ~ AceWorldTeam.com

1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Best album [solo or group] in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of  excellence [in every realms: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion] and
acceptability [sales, popularity]

Everybody Loves Ice Prince – Ice Prince

The Invasion – P-Square

Superstar – Wizkid

Super C Season – Naeto C

Tosinadeda’s View: E.L.I“, “Superstar” and “Invasion” on the basis of acceptability are  worthy nominees, even though I feel Invasion is a very poor album compared to their former works. “Super C Season” on the other hand, I really don’t know the basis for it’s nomination; it wasn’t a fantastic album in terms of content and neither was it as popular, compared to the other 3. Sales? Errrr, we all know it also didn’t get as much sales as the other 3. In this category, I feel “Bashorun Gaa” or “Versus” album by 9ice should have made it. On what basis? Songwriting, production, sales, popularity. Just an opinion though.

2. ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review Overall most
successful artiste for the year under review.

P-Square
Wizkid
Ice Prince
Naeto C
D’Banj

Tosinadeda’s view: Nominees are just on point, just a little addition. Naeto C again? I am not really sure he merits this nomination, but what can I say, he had some very popular songs. Let’s just say he’s the weakest on the list, but he merits it. [I think that’s a better way to put it]. D’banj made it on the basis of “Oliver Twist” [monster hit] if you ask me. Are you thinking what I am thinking? Where is Iyanya? He has the biggest song in the year under review. If D’banj got nominated with just one single, Iyanya deserves a nomination too.

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

Most popular song from an album in year under review. Decided by voting.

Chop My Money – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D
Dami Duro – Davido
Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Kukere – Iyanya

Tosinadeda’s Comment: Errrr, if you have any issues with this category, let me see your hands up… There you have it, no hands up. On point, everybody deserves the nomination. I am not done yet though, I for one thought W4′s “Kontrol” should have made the list [yeah, I know it dropped in 2010], but the category says “most popular song in the year under review”, it doesn’t say the song must be released in the year under review. It’s either I don’t understand English, or the organizers of The Headies didn’t fully clarify their criteria.

4. RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Best single recording [on-air only or released] by artiste or group in year under review.
Originality and production very essential.

Stupid Song – Bez
Private Trips – Wande Coal
Ara – Brymo
I Love You – Praiz

Tosinadeda’s Comment: I went through the criteria of this category, and only one song came to my head – “Is It Over” by Timi Dakolo featuring Joan Ekpai. Oh well it’s not on the list, I feel it should have made the list though. Back to the nominations, all of them are on merit.

5. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed songs/album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top-notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.

Cobhams – Stupid Song [Bez]
Tee-Y Mix – Super C Season [Naeto C]
Shizzy – Dami Duro [Davido]
J Sleek – Private Trips [Wande Coal]
Jesse Jags – E.L.I [Ice Prince]

Tosinadeda’s comment: Let me just go straight to the point, please what did Sarz and D’Tunes do to offend the people at the Headies HQ? Sarz is a beast, a monster on the beat, better than Shizzy who made the list. Talking about Shizzy, if just one track got him a nomination, how come Iyanya’sKukere” didn’t get D’Tunes a nomination? I need answers please.

6. BEST MUSIC VIDEO [AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR]

Best conceptualised, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.

5 & 6 [Naeto C] – Clarence Peters
Chop My Money Remix [P-Square] – Jude Okoye
Ara [Brymo] – Ajeh
Kosorombe [Dipp ft. Da Grin] – Mex

Tosinadeda’s comment: Very good nominees, but please where is “Nawti” by Olu Maintain Where is “Banikidi” by Darey and where is “Ghetto” by Shank? if this three are not good enough for a nomination, I am not sure “5 and 6″ should even be considered.

7. BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE

Best R&B single in year under review [by single individual or group]

Private Trips – Wande Coal
Stupid Song – Bez
Nawti – Olu Maintain
Soundtrack – May D
Love Me (3X) – Tiwa Savage

Tosinadeda’s commentNow this is serious, whoever put up this list has issues with identifying the music genre of a song, and that’s serious, because if an award committee will nominate “Stupid Song” and “Nawti” as R ‘N’ B, then something is very wrong. I know there are worthy nominees for this category, what happened? Not one nomination for Timi Dakolo’s “Beautiful Noise”, now that’s a shame on the award committee.

8. BEST POP SINGLE

Best pop single in year under review [by single individual or group]

Dami Duro – Davido

Oliver Twist – D’Banj
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Chop My Money – P-Square
Kukere – Iyanya

Tosinadeda’s commentNo issues with this category, but Olu Maintain’s “nAwti” should have been in this category and not in the R’N’ B category.

9. BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM

Best R&B or pop album in year under review [by single individual or group]

Superstar – Wizkid
Super Sun – Bez
Versus – 9ice
The Invasion – P-Square

Tosinadeda’s CommentOh finally a nomination for 9ice? I was thinking they didn’t know that he dropped a double album, as he was left out of album of the year and artiste of the year. I have an issue with R ‘N’ B and POP being grouped together though, they are two different genres of music that shouldn’t be grouped together at all. Back to the nominees, for those who have issues with Bez, he dropped a dope album [blame yourself for not knowing] and he deserves that spot. Invasion album? may be on sales, because that album to me was poor, and the acceptance after sales says a lot about the album too, REAL P-Square fans know that it was their weakest effort ever. But once again, where is Timi Dakolo’s “Beautiful Noise”, something is wrong. I need an explanation, because that album deserves a spot in this category, I bought the album so I know what I am saying.

The Next set of categories are going to be about RAP, so i will just group them together and say my piece.

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10. BEST RAP SINGLE

Best single released on-air recording of a rap song

Too Much Money – Iceberg Slim
Shutdown – Phyno
Angeli – Vector ft. 9ice
Oh My Gosh – Yung6ix
Young Erikina – Olamide

11. BEST RAP ALBUM

Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review

E.L.I – Ice Prince
The Dreamer Project – Show Dem Camp
Rapsodi – Olamide
Super C Season – Naeto C

12. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Rap Artist with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album

Vector – Angeli
Yung6ix – Oh My Gosh
Iceberg Slim – Too Much Money
Phyno – Shutdown
Erigga – Mo Street Gan

I am of the opinion that rap is a very delicate category of any award, and as such should be treated carefully. If what they put up under these categories are the best that Nigeria has to offer in rap in the year under review, then it’s either rap is dead in Nigeria or rap is dying, or the people at the Headies HQ don’t know anything about rap. But music listeners like me know that rap is very much alive in Nigeria, some people just didn’t do their homework well. Rap award categories should be based more on quality, content and talent over popularity. we live in an era where the real rap songs don’t even get anything close to good airplay, so why will an award on such a category be based on popularity? I don’t want to call names, but I think the category of “Lyricist On The Roll” is a slap on the faces of rap fans in Nigeria, it’s a complete joke. If there are no worthy songs in the year under reviewfor this category, please leave it blank, instead of making a mockery of Naija rap. Rap album of the year; all I can say is “thank God Show Dem Camp got nominated”, every lover of rap in Nigeria knows they have the best rap album in the year under review. Olamide’s “RapSoDi” is a worthy nominee too, the other two are pop albums. I have one suggestion to the organizers of this award, please for subsequent awards, let prominent rap heavy weights [Dj’s, OAPs, Bloggers] be in charge of rap categories, so as to prevent this kind of joke next time. By the way, am I the only one who feels iLLbliss’s “Anam Achikwanu” featuring Phyno deserved a nomination for rap single of the year?

13. BEST COLLABO

Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track [including cameos] in year under review

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

Tosinadeda’s comment: I have no issues with this category, it’s on point. but I think 9ice
featuring Tiwa Savage should have made the cut [my opinion]. All in all, good nominees.

14. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

Wande Coal – Private trips
Banky W – Low Key
Praiz – I Love You
Brymo – Ara
Bez – Stupid Song

Tosinadeda’s CommentI can’t even disagree with any of the nominations in this category,
but once again no song from Timi Dakolo.

15. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

Tiwa Savage – Love Me, Love, Love Me
Chidinma – Kedike
Ijeoma – Oloomi
Waje – Na The Way

Tosinadeda’s comment: Another good set of nominations, on point.

16. AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Non Nigerian category

Sarkodie [Ghana] – Azonto
Camp Mulla [Kenya] – Feel No Pain
D-Black [Ghana] – Get On The Dancefloor
Zahara [South Africa] – Loliwe

Tosinadeda’s commentThis category doesn’t move me, not interested so no comment.

17. BEST STREET HOP

The most popular street-hop single in year under review

Kako Bi Chicken – Reminisce
Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K
Akpako – Terry G
Roll – Rayce
Mo Street Gan – Erigga

Tosinadeda’s comment: I am not sure anybody should have issues with the nominees, perfect as far am i am concerned.

18. NEXT RATED

Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review

Davido
Eva [Alordiah]
Praiz
Chuddy K
Flowssick

Tosinadeda’s CommentThe original list had Chuddy K on it, till he was removed on the basis that he has an album already. Just one question for the officials at the Headies HQ, didn’t you know that before putting out the nominees? Things like this should be avoided in the future, so people don’t read meanings to it. This category is about promising upcoming artistes, everybody except Flowssick has shown signs of showing us something special in future. For now the dude is still a Wizkid wannabe, and he sucks at it.

19. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Best New artiste in the year under review

Wizkid
Ice Prince
Bez
Timi Dakolo
Olamide

Tosinadeda’s CommentJust one question the people at the Headies HQ, if y’all knew Timi
Dakolo was a revelation in the year under review [obviously because of his fantastic album], how come he got no nomination for any of his songs? doesn’t make any sense to me at all. Other nominees in this category were nominated in other categories, why was Timi Dakolo left out?

20. HEADIES HALL OF FAME

Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.

Femi Kuti

Tosinadeda’s commentThis is a well deserved honour.

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Did you all notice that Solidstar was left out of this year’s award? Dude was so active during the year under review, dropping singles and videos. “Omotena” was an anthem and it is still an anthem, Only the Headies officials knows what happened. Other absentees are Phenom,
iLLbliss, D’Tunes, Sarz, Fshaw, just to mention a few. One word to the organizers, thanks for always putting up a platform for appreciating hardworking and talented artistes, but lets endeavor that the right people get the right rewards.

Word to the artistes, don’t be discouraged, keep making good music, submit your content for nominations.

Good Luck to all the nominees, Naija Music will take over!!!

Tosinadeda

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