By the time you are reading this, the 2016 edition of Headies would have held. Don’t be confused, it is truly the second time the awards ceremony dedicated to rewarding Nigerian music stars every year would hold in 2016 but that is because the 2015 edition held on January 1 this year.
Before it finally held on that date with all the drama pitching Olamide against Don Jazzy emanating from the declaration of Reekado Banks as Next Rated Act of 2015, the event had been postponed from its original date of December 31, 2015. But for this year’s edition, the man everyone agrees is the stand out act of the year, Tekno, was not in contention for the Headies.
However, that is not how it all began. When the nominations list was released in November, it listed Tekno as one of the nominees in the Next Rated category alongside YCee, Aramide, Humblesmith and Mr. Eazi. While the Next Rated is the only category that comes with a car even that is not enough to pacify MMMG act whose reaction to the list was swift: “Next rated after how many years! Let’s be honest pls,” Tekno said.
Like Tekno, many Nigerians disagreed with the nominations placing the ‘Pana’ singer in the ‘Next Rated’ category with posts on Instagram. Shortly after, perhaps upon thinking of the backlash that might follow, Tekno changed the caption almost immediately and turned off the comment section. Later, he did not just delete the post completely, he deleted comments also. But with the mindset of the singer exposed, it was not such a surprise that a decision to withdraw his nomination was later taken.
Findings revealed that the jury decided to withdraw Tekno’s nomination after he failed to participate in all the required activities organisers had lined up for nominees in the category.
Regarded as the flagship, communications between the organisers and Tekno’s camp show the nominees are usually required to partake in promotional activities including photoshoots, clips and other interview sessions but which Tekno took no part in eventually. “We reached out to them repeatedly, using personal contacts and official channels.
They promised he’ll come but he did not. They were clearly aware of the consequences,” a Headies insider told NET. The confirmation of his disqualification came via a letter from the Headies secretariat which was signed by Executive Producer of Headies, Ayo Animashaun, informing of his disqualification.
“Tekno has unfortunately not made himself available for any of the mandatory activities, hence the committee’s decision to effectively withdraw his nomination for this year,” the letter partly read.
But the reason Tekno was not nominated in the other categories has come to light. According to Headies organisers, dates of the release of Tekno’s biggest songs may have worked against him.
Tekno released the banging “Duro” June 2015, one month before it would have been eligible for consideration by the Headies for the 2016 edition. His next song, an even bigger hit is titled “Pana” and it was released in July 2016; a month after the the window of consideration closed.
Having explained this, it was not that Tekno did not release any song during the period under review but the other songs like “Wash”, “Maria” and “Where” are not exactly his best representations for 2016.
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