Finally, the actual date for the prestigious and controversial annual Nigerian Music Award, Headies Awards have been made known to the public. This was revealed in an official statement posted by the award organizers via their official instagram account.
According to the post, the award ceremony is scheduled to hold on March 24th, 2018. In the statement, the organizers made it known that the award which will reward and appreciate the best of Nigerian music have received four (4) more categories – including Headies Viewer’s Choice, Industry Brand Supporter, Best Performer and Best SongWriter of the year – extending the categories of Awards from 20 to 24.
They also stated that the year in review for the 2017 edition has been adjusted to accommodate more music materials released between July 2016 to December 2017, but in subsequent years, the year in review will be January to December.
“THE HEADIES TO HOLD ON MARCH 24, 2018. FOUR NEW CATEGORIES ADDED.
“Nigeria’s most authentic Awards for pop music and urbane culture, The Headies, will roll out the carpet in honour of musicians, performers, producers, writers, and other professionals who did well in year 2017 on March 24, 2018. The Headies held annually in March for many years since inception in 2006, before the committee moved the event to the last quarter of every year.
“Now, according to The Executive Producer Ayo Animashaun, Nigeria’s longest-running music honours event will return to Quarter 1, as well as add new categories to reflect the realities of today’s music and entertainment industry. This year, the year-in-review has also been reviewed to adequately accommodate more music materials released between July 2016 to December 2017.
“Subsequently, the year in review will be January to December of each year. Based on the studied schedule of releases, and the availability of talents, the Committee has decided the best period to host our Awards is now March.
“‘We want our nominees, artistes, entertainment industry practitioners and enthusiasts’ to have an amazing time and music fans to have even more fun. This is why we have taken every decision; from the new date, choice of venue, categories, and so on’, said Animashaun, who is also the founder of Hip TV.
“The four new categories are Headies Viewer’s Choice, Industry Brand Supporter, Best Performer, and Best Song Writer of the year.
The Viewers’ choice prize will give full power to fans through a voting system that lets them decide absolutely; the Brand Supporter Award will recognize brands who are supporting the industry at a time when opportunities are scarce; the Best Performer will reward the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed; while the Best Song Writer finally brings to the forefront the talents who compose the lyrics and melodies for the songs we celebrate.
The Headies will now have 24 categories of awards, with each winner receiving 21 carat gold-plated Plaque, and the stamp of excellence from one of Africa’s most respected music awards.”