Top talking points from Headies 2019


We discusses Falz, Teni, Nancy Isime, Paul Okoye, Burna Boy, Mayorkun, Victor AD and much more.

It’s the morning of October 20, 2019. The event had begun in the late hours of October 19. Rema had just won the ‘Next Rated Award’ while Zlatan was reduced to only ‘Best Collaboration.’
As I walked towards my ride, a voice sprang up behind me, bemoaning the lack of recognition for Zlatan. In Yoruba, he says, “That boy Zlatan was treated unfairly.” Well, maybe or maybe not. The perpetual settings of awards will forever be ‘polarizing.’ That is why we are here.

Since nominees were announced on October 1, 2019, be it Naira Marley or Zlatan, we always have something to say and that is why we love to hate awards. On the night, 22 categories were awarded. Burna Boy had the biggest night with four (4) wins and he was closely followed by Falz and Teni on three (3) awards each.

Performers include Wurld, Duncan Mighty, Victor AD, Styl Plus and so forth.

On the night, there was glam, there were awkward moments and there were huge upsets that made people shout. The best moment of the night was when Nigerian DJ, Cuppy and Comedian, Bovi came onto the stage with each of them holding a cone of ‘Gelato.’ Talk about branding…

But as we walk into our homes, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Hip-Hop World should have tagged the 2019 Headies, ‘A Series of Shocking Events’ than ‘Power of a Dream.’ That dream might as well have been a nightmare. People’s faves and actual favourites for awards constantly got passed over.

Without further ado, here are the 7 talking points of the night;

‘Rush Hour’ is a pop culture reference brought on by the classic Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker flick of the same title. It has now become the direct reference for anything moving at breakneck speed. Well, if one didn’t know better, he might mistake the 2019 Headies for a Formula 1 arena.

The events were simply rushed and it was slightly unattractive. I understand, Hip-Hop World faces an uphill battle to throw a good show that manages to retain the attention of the audience. We also understand that the generation this award targets has a ridiculous attention span, but awards are carried by top performers/performances.

The Headies should have found a replacement for that. As they lacked an alternative, Nancy Isime and Reminisce became masters of fast-track. It was not entirely messy, but it wasn’t really good either.

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 off, 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?

Second, 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.

We will get to that in a minute.

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 Styl 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.


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