Here are talking points from Headies 2019
Here are some Talking points at Headies 2019.
If social media brought back that famous hashtag, #ThatAwkwardMoment, the Headies might just reign supreme for its role in promoting it. The night was filled with some very awkward moments. First, I thought Nancy Isime was brought in to host. The night is about the winners, why was she so self-obsessed? Why did she constipate her audience with dry jokes?
Secondly, why in the world was Regina Daniels' mother brought in to present an award? Who is she? Since this isn't an award about Nollywood movies, can we please select better? Why in the world is Ubi Franklin presenting an award on the biggest stage? Will a person of his alleged character present an award in foreign climes? The answer is no.
Paul Okoye was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Nigerian music, but the OG spent the entirety of his speech talking 'incoherence.' He then ends his speech with, "I don't want to talk much..." Well sir, we didn't realize the five minutes before that was a soliloquy. We're sure China heard you.
In a weird unfolding of all, Kemi Smallz and DJ Sose forgot the card that bears the name of the award winner. Like how? Another weird moment is Shody celebrating Falz's win for Best Rap Album than Falz himself.
However, nothing is as awkward as seeing Nigerian A-listers constantly get their awards by proxy. It was not a good look. They didn't even have enough decency to make acceptance videos.
Great moments: Sentiment and political chatter
One great moment was DJ Cuppy and Bovi reading simultaneously while licking cones of 'Gelato.' That moment promotes her latest single, 'Gelato' and made angry heads calm.
Another great moment was Style Plus, the Nigerian R&B darlings of the 2000s thrill their fans who are now all grown up with classic numbers like, 'Runaway,' 'Call My Name,' 'Imagine That' and 'Olufunmi.' The audience stood up in synergy with the stage. This was very scarce on the night.
Call Blaqbonez whatever you want, but his 'It is I' moment was equally parts goofy and mad. He actually said it three times. Coming after a visibly overwhelmed AQ - his label boss, he lightened the mood, put himself in the spotlight and reveled in it
Still on AQ, it was really nice to see him finally get that gong - He's been here for 17 years. After the nominees dropped, he proclaimed that he would love to win and he did. It was also quite ironic that Nigerian legend, Ruggedman presented AQ with the award.
When AQ launched onto the scene, he was basically a troublemaker who went at everybody. In one his earliest singles, he gave Ruggedman the smoke. He never got a reply, but over 10 years later, here we are.
It was great to see Sunny Neji perform and also nice to see Yemi Alade bag Best Performer.
On a night that saw Falz's critically acclaimed album, Moral Instruction win big, one would be forgiven for seeing political chatter on the big stage as inevitable.
Leading the way, Falz. As he celebrated his Best Rap Single award for 'Talk,' he ended his speech with "Free Sowore." Well...
Secondly, TV Personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Toke Makinwa presented an award, Ebuka bemoaned the deaths of Nigerians via tankers. The events unfolded within a few days in Nigerian cities of Onitsha (twice), Lagos and Ibadan.
He said, "Until we start holding the government responsible, Nigerians will continue to die."
Dear Nigerian artists, please learn how to perform
Ladies and gentlemen, Nigerian artists need to learn how to perform. For the love of God, what was Victor AD doing on stage? Granted, it might have been hard to stir a cynical crowd, but what was that choral/angelic back-up doing on 'Wetin We Gain'?
The same thing goes for Rema and Wurld.
It almost seemed like the stage was too big for them to manage. This has to change; a good song cannot make a good performance. Most of the time, you need stage crafts
Ok we'll talk on the shockers tomorrow... Happy Friday!!!