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HEADIES 2019 PREDICTIONS: WHO SHOULD WIN, WHO WILL WIN

Last updated on October 17, 2019

The prestigious Nigerian music awards – The Headies is back with its 13th edition and of course with its fair share of controversies. Headies 2019 is billed to go down on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Eko Convention Centre (Usual suspect venue).

According to Pulse.ng,when nominations were opened, 29 categories were announced. But with the announcement of nominees, only 23 categories made the cut. Categories like Best Reggae/Dancehall, Best Alternative Album, Best Songwriter and two others were cut.

I will give my objective opinion on who I think deserves the plaque in each category under review and who’s likely to win it at the end of the day.

Here it goes:

 

           BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

  1. Adekunle Gold – Ire
  2. Patoranking – Heal D World
  3. Brymo – Olanrewaju
  4. Teni – Uyo Meyo
  5. Burna Boy – Ye

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boys’ Ye very much has been on every one’s lips (notably on Rihanna’s) and deservedly so. I give it up for Phantom on the production and Burna Boy’s infectious  rendition. Burna most definitely going to be taking this one home – or we might just be in for a surprise.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I have to admit no one here single-handedly deserves to win BEST RECORDING more than the other. They are all worthy recipients of this one.

 

    BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
  2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
  3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  4. ‘Case’ – Teni
  5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML
  6.   ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

WHO WILL WIN   – Teni’s ‘Case’ will most likely be taking this one home though it is too close to call.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I would want to tilt towards Victor AD’s ‘Wetin We Gain’ other than for sentimental reasons, hey! It’s allowed.

 

     PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

  1.     Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy
  2.     Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema
  3.     Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni
  4.     Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty and Wizkid
  5.     Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan

 

WHO WILL WIN – Phantom will be taking this home for me. Why? Because ‘Ye’ is easily the biggest song on this list.

WHO SHOULD WIN – Phantom did an incredible job with ‘Ye’. It was the perfect song for the perfect artist.  I dare to say no other song on this list comes close in production terms . Therefore ‘Ye’ should go home with this. 

Worthy of Note – Beats By Jayy deserved a nod here for his L.A.M.B Cypher beat that saw Blaqbonez, AQ, Loose Kaynon and MI go ballistic on. I guess Cyphers don’t qualify for awards. Sucks.

     BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

 

  1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz
  2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
  3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga
  4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

First of all, why is this a non-voting category?  Apparently the organizers don’t believe in rap fans’ judgment enough to make the best decision. 

 WHO WILL WIN – I think AQ and Loose have the edge here. A tough call to be honest.

WHO SHOULD WIN – No standout album, all brought their A-game but if I were to choose, I would go for ‘Crown’ by  AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

     BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

  1.     ‘Talk’ – Falz
  2.     ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce
  3.     ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss featuring Olamide
  4.     ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone featuring Alpha Ojini
  5.     ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

WHO WILL WIN  – AQ and Loose Kaynon are the favourites to bag this with their sublime delivery in ‘Gang Gang’.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – AQ and Loose Kaynon for ‘Gang Gang’  should be awarded this for the killer punchlines and delivery on this. Who comes close: Payper Corleone and Alpha Ojini for ‘Sacrifice’.

 

 BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

  1.     Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’
  2.     Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’
  3.     Nonso Bassey – ‘411’
  4.     Funbi – ‘Serenade’
  5.     Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

 

Once again organizers did injustice with the selection of ‘Wishes & Butterflies’ for WurlD, that automatically rules him out for me.

 

WHO WILL WIN – I think Nonso Bassey might be handed this one for ‘411’, and I can’t say he doesn’t deserve it.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Funbi’s ‘Serenade’ however does it for me and should ace this one.

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

  1.     GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’
  2.     Waje – ‘Udue’
  3.     Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’
  4.     Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’
  5.     Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

WHO WILL WIN – This is to be keenly contested but I wanna give it to Teni’s ‘Uyo Meyo’ as the winner being the most popular track here. 

WHO SHOULD WIN – I am drawn to say Tems should pick up this award for her vocal dexterity in ‘Mr Rebel’.

 

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  1.       rare. – Odunsi (The Engine)
  2.       Outside – Burna Boy
  3.       No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel
  4.     Mayor of Lagos – Mayorkun
  5.       About 30 – Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN –  Very tight race, but I see Mayorkun going home with this for ‘Mayor of Lagos’ being his debut album taking nothing away from the work he put into this project.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I think Adekunle Gold’s ‘About 30’ blends perfectly the two boxes of pop and r&b album and should be the winner here.

 

     BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

  1.     ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters
  2.     ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters
  3.     ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films
  4.     ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy
  5.     ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

WHO WILL WIN –  All beautifully conceptualized videos but I lay bold to say Clarence Peters may just be going home with this for Burna Boy’s ‘Dangote’

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Aje Films’ ‘Ire’ is quite moving and thought-provoking it should edge out Clarence Peters’s ‘Dangote’ in my opinion.

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

  1.     ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE
  2.     ‘Serenade’ – Funbi
  3.     ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni
  4.     ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld
  5.     ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay featuring Runtown

 

WHO WILL WIN – If this is a voting category, Seyi Shay’s ‘Gimme Love’ looks like a winner here. Why? Because next to Teni’s ‘Uyo Meyo’, it is arguably the most popular song on the list. And it captures that true vibe of a R&B single.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Seyi Shay deserves this one but Funbi’s ‘Serenade’ should be giving her a run for her money

 

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

  1.     ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks featuring Tiwa Savage, Fiokee
  2.     ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel featuring Davido
  3.     ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  4.     ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy featuring Zlatan
  5.     ‘Amaka’ – 2baba featuring Peruzzi

 

WHO WILL WIN – 2baba and Peruzzi will be taking this keenly contested one. They won’t be disappointed a second time.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Reekado Banks’ ‘Like’ featuring Tiwa Savage and Fiokee comes closest to picking up this award but I still stick with 2baba and Peruzzi.

 

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

  1.     Rema
  2.     Joeboy
  3.     Fireboy DML
  4.     Victor AD
  5.     Lyta
  6.     Zlatan

Now for the category that brings out the controversies and talking moments as history would show, the next rated artist of the year.

 

WHO WILL WIN – Though many quarters are tipping Rema to win, my mind tells me this will be going out to Zlatan Ibile. Interestingly enough, Zlatan thinks he is already bigger than the rest of the cats on this list. Not sure what particular yardstick he has used to arrive at that conclusion. Will be fun to see how this plays out.

WHO SHOULD WIN – They are all deserving of this coveted prize, but I have a soft spot for Fireboy DML. So there.

 

 HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

  1.     Odunsi
  2.     Mayorkun
  3.     Wurld
  4.     Humblesmith

 

WHO WILL WIN – Mayorkun most certain to bring this one home for his popular mass appeal.

WHO SHOULD WIN –  Going by the criteria, it’s safe to say all artists meet the criteria of artistic quality and impact, That being said, I would like to see Odunsi cart this one home.

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

  1.     YCEE – ‘Balance’
  2.     Boogey – ‘Implode’
  3.     Paybac – ‘Implode’
  4.     Ghost – ‘Crown’
  5.     Tec – ‘Crown’
  6.     AQ – ‘Crown’

 

WHO WILL WIN – All rappers went ‘haywire’ on their verses however I tip AQ to win this.

WHO SHOULD WIN – I give it to AQ for his witty wordplay, delivery and ‘ease’ of flow.

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

  1.     Erigga – ‘Motivation’
  2.     Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’
  3.     Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’
  4.     Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’
  5.     Lyta – ‘Time’

WHO WILL WIN –  This is a feisty one that should see the winner come out narrowly snatching the prize or It might just emerge as a tie here between Zlatan’s ‘Legwork’ and Chinko Ekun’s  ‘Able God’.

 

WHO SHOULD WIN – Bharry Jay’s ‘Aiye’ or Erigga’s  ‘Motivation’ but the people just want to dance really.

 

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

  1.     ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli
  2.     ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems
  3.     ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille
  4.     ‘Heya’ – Brymo
  5.     ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN – I have a gut feeling (may be wrong of course) Brymo will grab this one. Don’t ask me why.

WHO SHOULD WIN – All songs here are all beautiful in their own way. That being said, Tems or Lady Donli should smile home with this plaque, both being relatively new faces compared to the other three.

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

  1.       About 30 – Adekunle Gold
  2.       Outside – Burna Boy
  3.     Moral Instruction – Falz
  4.     No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boy is going home with the prestigious Album of The Year plaque for ‘Outside’. Why? It got more recognition way more than the other artists’ albums on the list. And it didn’t do poorly on all the criteria required for winning here

WHO SHOULD WIN – Falz for his ‘Moral Instruction’ and how it talks about the times every Nigerian is exposed to among other things.

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

  1.     Burna Boy
  2.     Wizkid
  3.     Davido
  4.     Tiwa Savage
  5.     Falz

 

WHO WILL WIN – Burna Boy is our ‘Man of the year’. The ‘African Giant’ definitely takes it for Headies 2019 Artiste Of The Year.

WHO SHOULD WIN – Still Burna, he has had a fantastic year on all levels – locally and internationally.

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

  1.     ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy 
  2.     ‘Dumebi’ – Rema
  3.     ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
  4.     ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
  5.     ‘Case’ – Teni
  6.     ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan
  7.     ‘Baby’ – Joeboy
  8.     ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

WHO WILL WIN – I dare say Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’ might bully the other equally good songs to win.

WHO SHOULD WIN –  Going by vocals, songwriting and impact, I favour Victor AD’s ‘ Wetin we gain’ for Song of The Year‘. 

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

  1.     Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)
  2.     Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)
  3.     Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)
  4.     King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)
  5.     DJ Maphorisa – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

WHO WILL WIN –  Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

WHO SHOULD WIN –  None comes close to the catchiness of Master KG’s ‘Skeleton Moves’ 

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

  1.     Mr Eazi
  2.     Burna Boy
  3.     Teni
  4.     Fireboy DML
  5.     Rema
  6.     Joe Boy
  7.     Wizkid
  8.     Davido

WHO WILL WIN – This should be based on data and the title of the category ‘Digital Artiste of The Year’ but if I were to take a good guess, Davido would probably ace it.

 

BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

  1.     Falz
  2.     Tiwa Savage
  3.     Brymo
  4.     Yemi Alade
  5.     Adekunle Gold

WHO WILL WIN – I would want to give this to Yemi Alade.

WHO SHOULD WIN – To be honest, I haven’t gone to quite a number of shows to be be a good judge of this so I can’t really be objective here. However based on my past outings, I choose Brymo.

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

  1.     Crayon
  2.     Buju
  3.     Barry Jhay
  4.     Oxlade

WHO WILL WIN – My money is on Barry Jhay for this one! 

WHO SHOULD WIN – They are all proving themselves worthy. However my sentimental self would like to see Barry Jhay pick up the honours. Dude pretty much has the biggest single of all the four talents in ‘Aiye’.

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