OPINION: HEADIES 2019: What Our “Winners” List Would Look Like

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Nigeria’s most awaited music award “The Headies 2019” has been concluded with likes of Falz, Rema, Mayorkun, and Teni, emerging as big winners of the night.

Being that the Headies is usually a controversial event, as we have witnessed stage altercations between YBNL and Mavin records, to Tekno ‘bullshitting’ the event, the event and it’s organisers have given the audience a fair show.

Notwithstanding, not a lot of people would agree with who the organisers deem fit to call “winner” in certain categories.

I for one feel there are certain grey areas. This opinion is simply to say, that I may have picked differently.

Below is what out list may have looked like;

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Adekunle Gold – Ire – The composition, the lyrical content, and the message of the song makes it timeless. Though Patoranking’s ‘Heal D World’ and Brymo’s ‘Olarenwaju’ are also close contenders, I personally would pick “Ire”.

Heal D World – Patoranking

Olanrewaju – Brymo

Uyo Meyo – Teni

Ye – Burna Boy

BEST POP SINGLE

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy — Takes away the numbers, Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’ is a complete mood switcher. The groove is smooth and effortless, the beats, quite infectious and of course a chart-topper.

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy

Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan — A raving Nigerian producer with prospects of longevity in the industry. His work on ‘Killin Dem’ unearths a synergy we probably never expected from Burna and Zlatan. Probably why they decided to reenact their chemistry on their new track titled “Gbeku”.

BEST RAP ALBUM

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz — This category has to be one of the hardest in this year’s edition. As much as I am tempted to give it to M.I on his well-crafted album ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl”, one cannot deny Falz’s creative genius on ‘Moral Instruction’. The socially conscious message passed on that album has earned Falz a place in the sands of time. Though a few found some of the message distasteful, overall work was nothing but genius.

‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

‘rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy – Burna Boy has got this one. Almost every track on the ‘Outside’ album was a hit tune. More Life, City Vibrations, Heavens Gate, Ye, Rock Your Body, Outside and a couple others, made the album perfect.

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor – Winner

BEST R&B SINGLE

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

‘Serenade’ – Funbi

‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld – WurlD quickly reminds me of British singer and songwriter, Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, Seal. His voice texture, lyrical content, and Composition makes him a force to be reckoned with.

‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

BEST COLLABO

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan – If you want to know why this song deserves this award, just go to the streets or clubs. Asides the groovy nature of the song, the chemistry displayed by both acts easily makes it a fans’ fave.

‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST RAP SINGLE

‘Talk’ – Falz – Winner

‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’ — Winner

Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

Funbi – ‘Serenade’

Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

Waje – ‘Udue’ — Waje remains one of Nigeria’s best vocal powerhouses.

Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

Falana – ‘Repeat’

NEXT RATED

Rema – One will easily want to argue why Zlatan actually deserves this nod. Understandably so but for the sake of who has more prospects of longevity in the industry and who has applied themselves more on a world stage at an early stage, Rema deserves this award. In a very short period, Rema put out 3 projects with most, if not all the tracks, tearing up the charts, he has been recognized by Barrack Obama, Akon and has been compared to Wizkid. His age also plays a significant role.

Joeboy

Fireboy DML

Victor AD

Lyta

Zlatan

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

Odunsi – If there’s someone who has been very instrumental in making the ALTE culture mainstream, Odunsi quickly comes to mind. I personally feel he should have won this.

Mayorkun

Wurld

Humblesmith

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

YCEE – ‘Balance’

Boogey – ‘Implode’

Paybac – ‘Implode’

Ghost – ‘Crown’

Tec – ‘Crown’

AQ – ‘Crown’ — Winner

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

Erigga – ‘Motivation’ – Who else in this category knows the streets better than self-acclaimed ‘King of the South’, Erigga?

Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God

Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

Lyta – ‘Time’

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny DrilleWinner

‘Heya’ – Brymo

‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold‘Outside’ – Burna Boy — Winner

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Burna Boy — No need to argue this one.

Wizkid

Davido

Tiwa Savage

Falz

SONG OF THE YEAR

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy — Winner

‘Dumebi’ – Rema

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE – I don’t know the criteria used for this but I might just pick.

Mr Eazi

Burna Boy

Teni

Fireboy DML

Rema

Joe Boy

Wizkid

Davido — Winner — Just for ‘picking sake’.

BEST PERFORMER

Falz

Tiwa Savage

Brymo

Yemi AladeWinner

Adekunle Gold

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Crayon

Buju

Barry Jhay

Oxlade – Oxlade is an amazing singer and songwriter. His talent aside, he has better prospects of reaching A-list more than anyone else on this list, credits to the affiliation he has with key players in the industry, especially Bizzle Osikoya.

P.S: This is just a personal opinion independent of the HEADIES and its list. Also, this list does not take any credit away from the current winners.

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