HEADIES 2016: Isn’t Tekno Bigger Than A ‘Next Rated’ Nomination?

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Awards season people!

Following the recent release of The Headies 2016 nominations, the category listings have presented us with more than enough gist to not only get our tongues wagging but to keep our mouths in full lip-servitude of matters arising.

Obviously, happenstances like this aren’t without one or two nods of disagreement. For example, the thought that Seyi Shay’s ‘Mary‘ video was a better choice for nomination in the video of the year category over ‘Air Brush‘ is quite bewildering. Also, this continuous error-in-concept on what classifies as alternative genre in Nigerian music leaves a lot to wonder about our in-depth appreciation of African music. I mean, isn’t that why a brand can blindly justify Adekunle Gold’s song ‘Pick Up‘ to be alternative?

What’s even more disturbing is the next rated nominations – a category that rewards the most promising upcoming act (supposedly) in the year under review, and then you find names like Aramide and Tekno there!
Without further hesitation, Jim Donnett and ‘Tope Delano have attempted polarizing their thoughts on the more controversial of the afore-mentioned topics.

Jim Donnett’s Thoughts

It is possible that the organizing committee have totally lost track of sight in the industry’s already existent trends. Definitely, opinions are everyone’s prerogative so it will never be possible to present a unified front where things such as selections have to be involved. Preference often finds a way of rearing it’s ugly play which thereby becomes the bane that negates whatever efforts intended at achieving transparency. However, certain decisions should only be influenced by empirical evidence. I mean facts, things we can see and measure by a simple idea of logic.

How Tekno qualifies for next rated in the year 2016 is really beneath me. This is a guy who’s musical career picked up with torque in 2013 with the Davido-assisted single, Holiday. Between then and now, he has had string of successful and successive music hits, some of which have crossed over to garnering international acclaim. Truly, his signing to the Ubi Franklin-led management of TripleMG might have plenty to do with why his big break suffered evitable delay. But if you’re talking talent, skill, precision and deliverables, Tekno hasn’t defaulted. Not once ever. The wild perception now even, especially at the rate he’s going with massive career moves, he should easily pass for artiste of the year. Only that these same people just can’t fathom the idea of weighing in his musical turfs over that of a Wizkid or an Olamide. But how they have struck a pivot doing same to him with the likes of Humblesmith and Mr Eazi is such an abysmal wonder.

For Aramide, although a major defense is the fact that the window of opportunity for females in the Nigerian music industry comes with smaller prospects so they have to hustle harder. Yet, I think we can profile one or two other better deserving names before arriving at Aramide. Just last year, Aramide beat the revered likes of Yemi Alade, Asa and Waje to win this same Headies award for best vocal performance. Know of any ‘upcoming’ artiste who can pound their chest having done that? No? Oh, so then you can understand my plight of not seeing any wisdom at all in this. I think the intent for goodwill is being misappropriated when the efforts of hardly worked artistes are undervalued all in a bid to label them lightly. Now that’s just plain insulting. Please put some respek on the artistes!


‘Tope Delano’s Thoughts

As at the time of writing this post, the comments on the nominees list for the 2016 Headies awards on TX is over a 100 and we can all guess what majority of the ‘not so friendly’ comments are based on. For those not in the know, a team filled with wilted what not, decided on placing Tekno and Aramide, amongst the ‘Next Rated’ nominees, a very obvious shade which can only be termed as a quibe on the organizers part.

Now, I could go on and on, using words that am certain even the organizers will find difficult to comprehend, but I won’t, I will infuse a bit of YBNL and EME into this to enable all parties fully understand what the post is about. So Headies,  seriously, how dare you guys, include Tekno and Aramide’s names in the ‘Next Rated’ list? According to your criteria, your year in review is from July 2015 to June 2016 and yet, you deemed it fit to include the names of artistes, who have churned out hits/successful songs since 2013 till date with those who started the same year Koker, realized money really does matter in life and who probably should have been nominated in that category. Need I remind you guys that Tekno isn’t just an artiste, he is a complete one that has made marks with his skills. From singing to dancing to playing the instrument to even producing.

As if that wasn’t enough, you omitted Tekno, on the ‘Artiste Of The Year’ list, Song of the year list and even Recording Of The Year… for chrissakes, his ‘Pana’ song is everywhere in and out of the country, four months after it was dropped!!! On Aramide’s part, I have known that lady like I early said since 2013 down to this year and she has remained infectiously consistent, like really who worked on this list? When you guys thought you had finished with the list and am assuming read it out loud, didn’t it sound silly to y’all? This one na better falling of hand I swear.

I could go on, but I won’t, ’nuff said right? But in my opinion, y’all just ‘Trumped’ yourselves and I honestly can’t wait for Kanye to rear his head even if ‘Desiigner’ was not even recognized talk-less of being nominated .


Written by @jimancipation and @Tope_Delano

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