How The Headies pulled it off last night is still a surprise to many. With barely little or no buzz weeks before last night, this week quickly had the organizers springing with rehearsals, and updates about the event began flying around social media. Perhaps the nominees had been informed earlier because this year saw a whole new turnaround as the majority of winners were on stage to receive their award.
As with any award show, there will be controversies on who deserves to win or who shouldn’t have won entirely. Last night, we also witnessed some awkward happenings which made it evident the organizers haven’t got it right yet.
Here are a few:
1. Burna Boy Agenda?
Like most viewers at the end of the show kept asking, do the headies have an agenda against Burna Boy? Its last edition saw him grabbing the Artist of the year and Song of the Year and more awards were expected for him especially with the singer’s two albums eligible under the year in review.
Although Fireboy deserved his Album of the year gong, there’s that feeling Burna Boy’s African Giant—which was his nominated project—was more deserving. We can’t overrule that impact, especially with its Grammy nom and the attention it brought to not only Burna Boy but the whole Afrobeats scene.
Six nominations, no wins.
2. Mayorkun winning Street Hop over Naira Marley’s Mafo
Not sure the Headies got it right with this. With Naira Marley’s pulsating run of hits between 2019 till now, one that had the nominated release, “Mafo,” it should have edged out Mayorkun’s Geng.
While many also think Geng ruled the streets for a while in 2020, you can’t compare that to the huge buzz Naira Marley’s Mafo was clothed in.
3. Bovi’s remark on Wizkid and Tiwa Savage
We all love Bovi and some of his daring jokes on stage sometimes. He’s witty and knows how to spin jokes out of current happenings, but his take on Wizkid and Tiwa Savage was weird.
Many find it awful and sexist, and somehow disrespectful to Tiwa Savage. Saying “Wizkid blow Tiwa Savage” is demeaning to her efforts as it portrays her as a female who depends on a male for her success.
An apology would be needed, Bovi.
4. Poor Execution, Headies
Due to Covid, viewers at home had hoped the viewing experience would be the best in recent years. Again, we saw how year after year, the Headies keep on missing it with their sound and visual production.
There were folks who felt the live band was unnecessary, awkward artists’ performances and the turning off of the virtual stream some minutes past midnight.
Those who had been following lost interest at the time when artist, song and album of the year categories were yet to be presented.
It’s puzzling because The Headies had months to plan for this award, the nominees list was announced two months back In December, and yet they couldn’t pull off a quality production?
5. Wizkid, Artist of the year? Hmm
Wizkid has had an amazing run of victories since the release of Made In Lagos with accolades and celebrity fawning over the album still happening.
It’s quite noteworthy to say here that the year in review was from July 2019 to September 2020, a period which Made In Lagos doesn’t feature in. Burna Boy for albums he released during the timeframe or a Davido whose album also came in during the year in review were more deserving.
Taking nothing from Wizkid though, perhaps voting results favored him heavily.
6. Omah Lay’s Performance
Perhaps Omah Lay wasn’t in his mood last night or he didn’t rehearse enough with the band, but you could feel something off about his performance.
First, it was off beat with his delivery not following the tempo of the drums and he was just casual about it and many viewers also noticed.
“It lacked energy”.
7. No Alte Recognition?
Yet another year where the Headies got it right with the nominations but it seems the Alte crew were not delighted with them missing out on this year’s winners list.
Teezee of DRB made it known last night when he said “Fuck the Headies abeg” on Twitter and a few others in the alte circle were also not pleased. Last year, Tems, Odunsi and Santi lost their categories and this year, Pioneers by DRB was expected to win the Best Alternative Album category.
Sadly, that went to Roots by Cavemen.
This article was written by Olabode Otolorin; connect on Instagram with him here