13th Headies Awards 2019, Organizers Announce Date and Venue

13th Headies Awards 2019: Organizers Explain all Categories

The organizers of Nigeria’s biggest indigenous Awards has dropped a detail explanation to all categories in Headies Awards 2019.

With the previous controversy following of the release of the nominees list Headies Award 2016: the organizers of the award show, has offered an explanation on the reason for the choice of nominees.
Via a statement the organizers offered an explanation saying:

‘Over the years, Nigeria’s most prestigious music award, The Headies has strived for excellence in building the award on true values of integrity, transparency and responsibility. We have worked hard to reward artistic ingenuity since day one and also educating the teaming fans of the award, the public and the entertainment industry about the rules of the awards and the criteria for nominations in each category. Often times, we realize that the fans, people in the industry and the media are either misled or not paying attention to the rules and criteria for nomination.

‘Hence, it is important to set the record straight and continue to enlighten the industry and the fans. We recognize how important The Headies is to our industry and we will not take information for granted.’

To avoid a similar scenario from occurring in Headies Awards 2019, organizers offer a detailed explanation of all the voting and non voting categories

1. 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.
2. BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
3. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
4. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
A category for the best reggae/dancehall single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
5. BEST RAP ALBUM
A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.
6. BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
7. ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
8. 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.
9. BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
10. BEST COLLABO
A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
11. BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
12. 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.
13. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
14. NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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).
20. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.
21. SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.
22. 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.
23. HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.
24. INDUSTRY BRAND SUPPORTER
This is to say thank you to brands that have made the most impact in the music industry in the years under review. An award to recognize brands who are supporting the industry at a time when opportunities are scarce.
25. 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.
26. SONG-WRITER OF THE YEAR
27. 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.
28. SPECIAL RECOGNITION
29. HALL OF FAME

What do you think? Do you buy the explanation of the categories as given by the organizers of Headies Awards 2019? Please comment below…

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