THE HEADIES AWARD 2021: PREDICTIONS


 

It's here again. Bigger; and better; and spicier. 14 years of rewarding artistic excellence and ingenuity, and still gunning for more. 


Over the last calendar year, the Nigerian music space has birthed several hits, new superstars, A-Class artistes reinforcing their elite status, et. al

Hence, it is no surprise that the 14th Headies award scheduled to hold (as at the time of writing) tonight, shall record a large number of audience watching keenly to see who wins what. 

And, in the spirit of the game, I thought it might be cool to join in the entire buzz and razzmatazz by chipping in with my very own set of predictions. 


Disclaimer: Maybe some of my verdicts may be guided by sentiments and favoritism, but I guess that's why I'm writing this blog post, and you are not. (Burnnnn!) 


And yeah. I also can't wait for the drama that comes with the Award ceremony, because I mean, is it ever a Headies night without some sort of drama?


Well, enough with the chit chat. Let's get into it:


BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Ozymandias – Brymo
Smile – Wizkid ft. H.E.R
Wonderful – Burna Boy
Dreamer – Fireboy DML
Ghost Town – Wurld

JERZ'S VERDICT: WIZKID ft. H.E.R - SMILE 

All incredible pieces of recording. But I think SMILE might just edge this category. 


BEST POP SINGLE

Billionaire – Teni
Nobody – DJ Neptune Feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
Lady – Rema
Fem – Davido
Joro – Wizkid
Skeletun – Tekno

JERZ'S VERDICT: TENI - BILLIONAIRE

Now, talk about an incredibly tight category. All deserved nominees; but I'm tilting towards Teni's 'BILLIONAIRE' here. 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Fem – Davido
Nobody – DJ Neptune Feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
Joro – Wizkid
Mafo – Naira Marley
Duduke – Simi

JERZ'S VERDICT: SIMI - DUDUKE 

From the very first moment I heard this song, I immediately felt it was by far the best piece of music that'd grace 2020. I'm glad it got it's deserved nomination. I can't wait for it to get it's deserved award plaque. 


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ by Teni
Spax – ‘Away’ by Oxlade
Kel P – ‘Pull Up’ by Burna Boy
Sarz – ‘Mad’ By Sarz and Wurld

JERZ'S VERDICT: SPAX - AWAY 

Yup. 


BEST RAP ALBUM

God’s Engineering – A-Q
Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
YPSZN2 – Psycho YP
Cult! – Paybac Iboro
The Erigma II – Erigga

JERZ'S VERDICT: ERIGGA - THE ERIGMA II 


Commercial appeal and success? Check. 
Headies award? Pending. 

But why isn't Show Dem Camp's "Palmwine Express" album nominated, though? 

BEST R&B ALBUM

Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML
I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz & Wurld
King – Praiz
Boo of the Booless – Chike
Celia – Tiwa Savage

JERZ'S VERDICT: CHIKÉ - BOO OF THE BOOLESS

I love all the projects on this category. No kidding.  Either of them would be a worthy winner, but I feel "Boo of the Booless" might just about edge it here. 


BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Yellow – Brymo
Lucid – Asa
The Light – Bez
Pioneers – DRB Lasgidi
Roots – The Cavemen

JERZ'S VERDICT: THE CAVEMEN - ROOTS


A truly majestic piece of work. I'd love to see it win. 


BEST POP ALBUM

Apollo – Fireboy DML
African Giant – Burna Boy
A Good Time – Davido
Woman of Steel – Yemi Alade
Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold


JERZ'S VERDICT: DAVIDO - A GOOD TIME


This is quite tight. Very, very tight. But there has to be a winner, and I feel that would be Davido's sophomore album. Solid album, plus it houses "IF" and "FIA". 


Thinkabourrit. 


BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Eli – Fireboy DML 
1 Milli – Davido
Smile – Wizkid
Billionaire – Teni 
Shekere – Yemi Alade 

JERZ'S VERDICT: TENI - BILLIONAIRE


No brainer, really. 


BEST R&B SINGLE

Under the Sky – Praiz
Duduke – Simi
Mad – Sarz & Wurld
Bad Influence – Omah Lay
Tattoo – Fireboy DML
Dangerous Love – Tiwa Savage

JERZ'S VERDICT: FIREBOY - TATTOO 


Bruh. 


BEST COLLABORATION

Know You – Ladipoe ft. Simi
Nobody – DJ Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr. Eazi
Sweet In the Middle – Davido ft. Naira Marley, Zlatan and Wurld
Don’t Call Me Back – Joeboy ft. Mayorkun
Totori – ID Cabasa Feat. Wizkid and Olamide
Get the Info – Phyno ft. Phenom and Falz


JERZ'S VERDICT: DJ NEPTUNE ft. JOEBOY & MR EAZI - NOBODY 


One of, if not the biggest single from the year under review. Deserves it's flowers. 

And who exactly doesn't like this song? Nobody. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody. 



BEST RAP SINGLE

OGB4IG – Reminisce
Shut Up – Blaqbonez
Country – Illbliss
Get The Info – Phyno, Falz and Phenom
Bop Daddy – Falz ft. Ms. Banks


JERZ'S VERDICT: FALZ ft. Ms. BANKS - BOP DADDY 


And rightly so. 


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Ghost Town – Wurld 
Forgive– Chike 
Under the Sky – Praiz 
Plenti – Cobhams 
What Makes You Sure – Nonso Amadi
Count On You – Johnny Drille 


JERZ'S VERDICT: WURLD - GHOST TOWN 

Trust me, that was hard to pick. All deserved nominees. Either of them would make a worthy winner. 


BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

No Longer Beneficial – Simi 
One on the Outside – Lindsey Abudei 
Addicted – Niniola 
Chi Efo – J-Dess 
Lai Lai – Yemi Alade 
Ajala – Imanse 


JERZ'S VERDICT: NINIOLA - ADDICTED 

I'm banking on the Queen of Afro House to take this award back to her house. (See what I did there? Okay, never mind.)


NEXT RATED 

Tems
Omah Lay
Oxlade
Bella Shmurda

JERZ'S VERDICT: OMAH LAY 


Big fan of all these guys. But it really, really has to be Omah Lay winning this. 


HEADIES REVELATION

Victor AD
Fireboy DML
Joeboy
Teni
Rema
Chike


JERZ'S VERDICT: FIREBOY DML 

I mean, 2 ground-breaking albums in the year under review. Insane numbers. Solid guest appearances on feature records.

How can it not be him?

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A-Q 
Blaqbonez
MI Abaga – Trinity
Illbliss 
Phenom 
Phyno 


JERZ'S VERDICT: PHENOM



BEST STREETHOP ARTISTE

Naira Marley and Young John - Mafo
Mayorkun – Geng
Reminisce ft. Olamide and Naira Marley – Instagram
Rudeboy – Audio Money
IVD and Zlatan – Bolanle
Olamide – Pawon


JERZ'S VERDICT: NAIRA MARLEY & YOUNG JOHN - MAFO


I mean. No brainer. It can't not be this song. 


BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

Corner – Lady Donly ft. VanJess & The Cavemen
I Wonder – Moelogo
Bitter – Deena Ade
Anita – The Cavemen
Money Devotion – Gbasky
God Save The Queen – Olu


JERZ'S VERDICT: LADY DONLI - CORNER


Has to be. 


ALBUM OF THE YEAR

African Giant – Burna Boy
Apollo – Fireboy DML
Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
Yellow – Brymo
Boo of the Booless – Chike


JERZ'S VERDICT: BURNA BOY - AFRICAN GIANT


Because. Why not? 


ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Burna Boy
Davido
Wizkid
Mayorkun
Tiwa Savage

JERZ'S VERDICT: BURNA BOY

The most successful and critically acclaimed Nigerian artiste from the year under review. Burna Boy himself. 

He is winning this. 


AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

Master KG
Kuami Eugene
Sauti Sol
Shatta Wale
Stonebwoy

JERZ'S VERDICT: MASTER KG

Amapiano is taking over. So why shouldn't the brain behind that distinct sound be rightfully honored? 


HEADIES VIEWERS CHOICE

Davido
Omah Lay
Burna Boy
Falz
Fireboy DML
Mayorkun
DJ Neptune
Wizkid

JERZ'S VERDICT: MAYORKUN

Had a great year. Chart topping singles. And several hit features to boot. 

Give this man his award.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Olakira
Alpha P
Jamopyper
Zinoleesky
Bad Boy Timz

JERZ'S VERDICT: BAD BOY TIMZ 

Why? MJ and Loading. Nuff said. 


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)
Adedamola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML – Dreamer)
Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy – Way Too Big)
Stanley Omah Didia (Omah Lay – Bad Influence)
Sadiq Onifade (Wurld – Ghost Town)
Adekunle Kosoko (1 Million – Davido)

JERZ'S VERDICT: ADEKUNLE KOSOKO - 1 MILLI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION


Eedris Abdulkareem
Timaya


Legends. Deserved. 

HALL OF FAME

King Sunny Ade


Been long overdue.




Before I go, it's important to note that these predictions are only just my opinion, anyway.  Every nominated artiste is deserving of an award, or even awards. But while awards are veritable for some level of validation, the biggest win of all is that the Nigerian music industry is growing bigger, and getting better. Year in, Year out. Massive props to the Artistes, Creatives, Media, Label Executives and Staff; and importantly, the teeming fans. Love and Light. 



And, erm, also, if you do not mind; check out my debut single: 'TATTOO', currently out on Audiomack and SoundCloud; and will go live on every platform in a bit. (Depending on when you are reading this.) 


Well. Signing out. Jerz. 




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