Forget the spat between Olamide and Don Jazzy. Here are the acts who scooped the awards at The Headies 2015, held at the Landmark centre in Lagos on New Year’s Day, as reported by Funso Arogundade:
Afro-pop star Timi Dakolo was the star of the Headies 2015 held Friday 1 January, 2016.
At the award ceremony held at the Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Timi scored a hat trick taken home The Headies’ Best Male Vocalist, Best R&B Single and Best Recording of the year.
The artiste, who dedicated the awards to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, was trailed by YBNL frontsman Olamide with two awards: Best Street Hop and Artiste of the year.
Wizkid also won in the two categories of Best R&B/Pop album and Song of the year (Ojuelegba).
Vector also scored a brace with Best Rap Single (King kong) and Lyricist on the Roll which he won back to back for two years.
Aramide was the winner of Best Female Vocalist, while Cynthia Morgan break the jinx as the first female to win the highly contested Best Ragga/Dancehall Single.
Mavin Records talented act, Korede Bello won the Best Pop Single with the hit song Godwin. His labelmate, Reekado Bank won the Next Rated award that has so much generated bad blood between the Mavin Crew and YBNL family.
The music video of Katapot, a hit song by Reekado Banks also won the Best Music Video.
Unlimited LA, the director of the video was the owner of the Headies plaque.
According to excited Unlimited LA, 10 years ago when the award began, he was at the backstage as Camera Assistant but a decade after, he’s picking The Headies.
Other winners are Best Collabo – Reminisce ft. Olamide (Local Rapper); Best Rap Album – M.I; Best Producer – Legendary Beatz; Revelation of the year – Yemi Alade and Best Alternative Song – Shade (Adekunle Gold)
The Headies 2015 Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement award goes to 2Face Idibia. Senator Ben Bruce presented the award to 2Face whom He described as one of the best brands out of Nigeria.
Bruce enjoined many up and coming artistes to emulate 2Face who in spite of his enormous talent remains so humble.
Super producer Don Jazzy was also given a Special Recognition Award.
In their usual characteristic, the organisers of the Headies failed to keep to the advertised time. While performing to make up the time, Comedian Basketmouth took a serious swipe at the organisers who said they would close the gate for the red carpet to commence. But almost 9pm, the red carpet reception remained scanting.
At 10:14pm, a female flutist, Ebele came on stage to perform the national anthem to finally kickstarted the 2015 edition of the award, that has already spilled into the new year of 2016.
Kaffy followed with a dance drama with her ensemble. As dramatic as her appearance, same with her co-anchor Bovi who stormed the stage on a hoverboard dressed to mimick the popular VJ Denrele Edun.
There was a musical collabo among iconic reggae music star, Majek Fashek, Timi Dakolo and South Africa-based Kunle Ayo. The recently rehabilitated Majek, while on stage got a standing ovation.
2015 Hall of Famer, 2Face also delivered a soul lifting performance of some of his songs.
Also on stage to entertain at the awards ceremony in its 10th series are Reminisce, Vector, Adekunle Gold, Falz, Simi and Victoria Kimani.
The highlights of the award ceremony, hosted by celebrity dancer Kaffy and ace stand up comedian Bovi, was the trading of harsh words between the music camps of Mavin Records led by Don Jazzy and YBNL led by rap star, Olamide over the much coveted Next Rated award.
Aside the plaque, the award winner was rewarded with a brand new Hyundai car.
The Full List of Winners and Losers
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
1. Reminisce – Skillashi
2. Olamide – Bobo – WINNER
3. Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer
4. Mastakraft feat. Olamide, CDQ and David O – Indomie
5. Falz The Bad Guy Feat. Yemi Alade & Poe – Hello Bae
BEST POP SINGLE
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy
3. My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal
4. Woju – Kiss Daniel
5. Godwin – Korede Bello (WINNER)
6. Bobo – Olamide
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
1. Praiz – If I fall
2. Shaydee – High
3. Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well (WINNER)
4. Cobhams – Do The Right Thing
5. Bez – There’s A Fire
BEST R&B SINGLE
1. Heartbeat – Praiz
2. Baby Daddy – Iyanya
3. Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid
4. Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez
5. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (WINNER)
BEST RAP SINGLE
1. King Kong – Vector (WINNER)
2. Bad Belle – M.I
3. Bank Alert – Ill Bliss
4. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno & Stomrex
5. G.O.D – T.R
HALL OF FAME
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
1. Waje – Coco Baby
2. Aramide – Iwo Nikan (WINNER)
3. Asa – Bed of Stone
4. Simi – Tiff
5. Yemi Alade – Duro Timi
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
1. German Juice – Cynthia Morgan (WINNER)
2. Sanko – Timaya
3. My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya
4. Daniella Whyne – Patoranking
5. Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy
6. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
1. Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex
2. Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi
3. The Sound (Davido Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan
4. Katapot (Reekado Banks) – UnLimited LA (WINNER)
5. Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters
1. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno (WINNER)
2. Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia
3. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
4. Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & David O
5. Do The right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez
6. Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid
BEST RAP ALBUM
1. Baba Hafusa – Reminisce
2. Street OT – Olamide
3. Chairman – M.I. (WINNER)
4. Above Ground Level – Modenine
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
1. Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello)
2. Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour)
3. Young John – Bobo (Olamide)
4. Shizzi – Fans Mi (DavidO)
5. Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba (WINNER)
6. Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
1. Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno
2. Vector – King Kong (WINNER)
3. Reminisce – Baba Hafusa
4. G.O.D – T.R
1. Reekado Banks (WINNER)
2. Kiss Daniel
3. Cynthia Morgan
4. Korede Bello
5. Lil’ Kesh
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
1. Praiz – Rich n Famous
2. Yemi Alade – King of Queens (WINNER)
3. Skales – Man of the Year
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Eyo – Asa
3. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (WINNER)
4. Bez – There’s A Fire
5. Cobhams – Do the right Thing
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
2. Bez – There’s A Fire
3. Asa – Satan Be Gone
4. Adekunle Gold – Sade (WINNER)
5. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
6. Simi – Tiff
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Don Jazzy – (WINNER)
BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
1. Bed of Stone – Asa
2. A.Y.O. – Wizkid (WINNER)
3. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
4. Rich & Famous – Praiz
5. Double Trouble – Psquare
SONG OF THE YEAR
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid (WINNER)
2. Godwin – Korede Bello
3. Kiss Daniel – Woju
4. Olamide – Bobo
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
1. Olamide (WINNER)
2. David O
4. Yemi Alade