Organizers of The Headies Awards have announced that the next edition will hold in 2018.
The award which is Nigeria’s most authentic awards for pop music and urbane culture, will skip a year for the first time since 2006. Instead, the ceremony will be restructured, and the new version will take place on March 24, 2018.
The Headies was held annually in March for many years since inception in 2006, before the committee moved the event to the last quarter of every year.
But they are taking it back to its original format. According to founder Ayo Animashaun, the event will return to the first quarter, and it will also add new categories to reflect the realities of today’s music and entertainment industry.
To balance things, and reward everyone who has worked hard in 2017, the year-in-review has also been reviewed to adequately accommodate more music materials released between July 2016 and 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 we want 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.
This will increase the categories of awards to 24, with each winner receiving 21 carat gold-plated plaque, and the stamp of excellence from one of Africa’s most respected music awards.