Throwbacks to Afrobeats: 10 Memorable Moments in Headies History.
Since its inception in 2006, the Headies award has provided numerous spectacular moments that illustrate the rise of Afrobeats while also emphasizing the significance of the prize.
A glance back at the Headies Awards’ long history will bring back memories of the good, the terrible, and, tragically, the ugly sides of Nigeria’s premiere music honor.
In the spirit of Afrobeats nostalgia, we will relive ten outstanding moments in the Headies Award’s history.
10. D’Banj performed with a towel in 2005 and Bovi recreated it a decade later
D’banj was one of Nigeria’s top performers in 2005, with his smash hit single ‘Why Me’ sweeping the country. The celebrity has a flamboyant and contagious personality that wowed his legions of female followers while also establishing himself as a class act with a dash of Nigerian crazy.
D’banj performed his popular track ‘Why Me’ at the 2005 Headies awards wearing just a towel around his waist, as though he had been booted out of a hotel room mid-tryst. His choice of clothes perplexed the crowd, as did his performance.
When comedian Bovi walked onto the Headies stage with a towel 10 years later, audiences old enough to appreciate the joke required no explanation.
9. Burna Boy staged a walk-out after Sean Tizzle won the Next Rated Prize in 2013
Because of its prominence, the Next Rated category is by far the most hotly fought prize at the Headies. Burna Boy, Sean Tizzle, Phyno, Dammy Krane, and Seyi Shay competed for the award for Nigeria’s next big thing in 2013.
Sean Tizzle tipped fans’ choice Burna Boy to the trophy, and Burna Boy rushed out of the Oriental Hotel as Sean Tizzle was revealed as the winner.
8. Wizkid snubbed Caeser (Eva Alordiah’s Ex-Fiancee) at the 2016 Headies
Most fans who turned in to see the 2016 Headies Awards will remember this moment vividly.
Midway through the 2016 Headies, Nigerian megastar Wizkid made an unexpected visit. Wizkid halted on his approach to the front row to greet some colleagues.
He paused to hug Eva before making one of the greatest snubs in Nigerian television history by going past Caeser’s outstretched hand.
Caeser’s dangling hand became a meme as a result of the spectacle. Wizkid subsequently apologized to Caeser and stated that the snub was inadvertent. However, the majority of people rejected this explanation.
7. Wande Coal won five Headies at the 2010 Headies Awards
Mohits artist Wande Coal outperformed his previous year’s Next Rated triumph by taking home 5 prizes at the 2010 Headies Awards.
Wande Coal’s ‘Mushin to Mohits’ album was nominated for seven prizes, but only two were given to him. Wande won Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, R&B Album of the Year, and Hip Hop Revelation of the Year on a historic night.
6. A star-struck Jamopyper at the 2020 Headies