The annual prestigious Nigerian Music Awards the Headies ‘Next Rated‘ category not fit for Mayorkun, Tekno and Falz.
The Headies Awards 2015 edition was outright born out of controversies. First, it had to be the rescheduling of the event which rightly ought to be held in 2015, to January 1st 2016. Then the infamous tantrum by YBNL leader Olamide when his protege Lil Kesh failed to pick up the coveted ‘Next Rated’ award. A full blown drama ensued when Don Jazzy – who felt slighted by Olamide’s remarks – sensed the need to address sentiments.
The headies fiasco set the turn for the music industry for in 2016. Davido who supposedly was in favour of Lil Kesh grabbing the award made a bold statement which had gone around the media. He threatened to “pull a Kanye” (or Olamide) if his new artiste does not pick up same award.
Fast forward to the present, Davido’s new signee Mayorkun does not deserve the Headies ‘Next Rated’ award. That is just exactly the same way I feel TripleMG Tekno, or even sensational rapper Falz are misfit for the spot.
Don’t shoot me until you’ve read my opinion.
What exactly am I trying to say? Davido earlier this year signed Mayorkun, Dremo to his newly established music imprint DMW. Mayorkun is undersized for the status of Headies ‘Next Rated’. He has in honesty had only one single to his name. Prior to signing with DMW Mayorkun was not on the Nigerian music radar. His run this year is one befitting the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award. Next year might see him clinch the coveted ‘Next Rated’ if he puts up a better performance than what he has done so far this year.
In the case of the golden boy Tekno and Falz both are oversized for the award. I would really consider it that Tekno and Falz are too big for the Headies ‘Next Rated’ award.
For the sake of facts, just this year Falz won an international award as the ‘New Best International Act at the BET. In my opinion that’s huge, beating competition from Europe, Australia and of course Africa to take home the award. In addition, Falz has two albums, an EP and trending singles in his archive. Dude is fortunately bigger than the controversial ‘Next Rated’ status. He has already proven himself.
I will consider it disrespect on the calibre of artiste Tekno has been this year, if he is even nominated in the controversial ‘Next Rated’ category. As far as this year is put in review in terms of Nigerian music Tekno is a freaking beast. The TripleMG golden boy has had the most successful song this year. Dude build himself a pent house on all the music charts. In clear terms he has been topping charts from iTunes, to every other music chart. In a year where Davido, was held up in a Sony Music deal, Wizkid excelling on his collabos and international connect, a fair year for Olamide, Alhaji Tekno has been the real deal. He filled in the vacuum left by the aforementioned artistes we almost did not miss them.
Only in October Tekno has bagged two continental awards. Song of the Year and Best Breakthrough at Afrimma and MTV MAMA awards respectively. Fresh news is that Tekno is already getting hinged with Sony Music Global. Yeah Tekno is such a big deal this year. What a delight it will be when Tekno wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ the bro is worth the title.
In candid review of all the events in music in 2016, I will mention those I deem fit to bag the ‘Next Rated’.
Ycee seem the most qualified for the award, that will make him follow steps of Reekado Banks. Alas, ‘I can put a billion behind Simi’ I consider Simi my best fit for the award. It would look good to have a female cart home the award. Chocolate City Koker, Humblesmith, to fill in space as nominees. Mr Eazi looks good but his ‘location’ might hurt his chances of grabbing the award.
Mayorkun seems like the best candidate for ‘Rookie of the Year’. At least he can win and his boss Davido can rest. Dremo his label mate also fits the status. Wale Turner will make a good nominee.