3rd August, 2011
Chocolate Cityâ€™s rave, Ice Prince and Africa export 2Face Idibia, have top the list of artistes with nine and seven nominations respectively for the Headies 2011, as announced early this week by Smooth Promotions.
The nominees for the annual urban music awards were announced via the official website, www.theheadies.com, and on Beat 99.9 FM by radio personality, Oreka Godis.
Chocolate Cityâ€™s artistes scored a remarkable 15 nominations including nine for Ice Prince (Song of the Year, Producer of the Year, Best Rap Single for Oleku and She and my Swagga, Lyricist on the Roll, Best Collabo for Oleku and Joor Oh Remix, Next Rated and Best Street Hop for Joor Oh Remix); five nominations for MI (Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Collabo, Best Conscious Music and Lyricist on the Roll), while Jesse Jagz has two nominations for Producer of the Year and Hiphopworld Revelation of the Year.
Moâ€™Hits Records yet again got thumbs up from members of the Headies screening committee, with six nominations for Dr. Sid in Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Single, Best R&B/Pop Album, Producer of the Year and Revelation of the Year categories, while Dâ€™banj follows closely with nominations for Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year (Give it to me and Pop something), Pop Single and Producer of the Year. Dâ€™Prince has two nominations for Best Pop Single and Song of the Year, while Don Jazzy is nominated for Producer of the Year.
In all, Moâ€™Hits Records is up for 10 nominations at this yearâ€™s Headies.
Soul Muzikâ€™s Darey was also recognised by the screening committee as he scores six nominations in Artiste of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album, Best R&B Single, Producer of the Year, Recording of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.
Following in the footsteps of mentor Banky W, EME Recordâ€™s WizKid gets a first time nomination in Next Rated, Best Pop Single, Best Music Video and Producer of the Year categories.
Other new comers to the list include Kas (Song of the Year, Best Pop Single), Olamide (Best Music Video, Rap Single, Street Hop and Next Rated), Samklef (Producer of the Year, Street Hop), Gini (Best Music Video), J Sleek (Producer of the Year), Flavour (Best Collabo and Best R&B Single) Tiwa Savage (Next Rated and Best Female Vocal Performance), Lynxx (Revelation of the Year), Vector (Lyricist on the Roll), Goldie (Best Music Video and Collabo of the Year), Wiz Boy (Street Hop), Essence (Best Collabo) and Patrick Ellis (Best Music Video).
Other usual suspects like Waje (Best R&B single and Best Female Vocal Performance), Moâ€™Cheddah (Best Music Video and Revelation of the Year), Eva (Best Female Vocal Performance and Recording of the Year), Modenine (Lyricist on the Roll), Terry Tha Rapman (Best Rap Single, Best Rap Album and Lyricist on the Roll), Timi Dakolo (Best Conscious Music, Producer of the Year and Best Male vocal Performance) also make the nomineesâ€™ list for the highly coveted awards.
2face makes his mark on the Headies list in the Album of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year, Best R&B Single, Best Conscious Music and Best R&B/Pop Album categories.
A new category in 2011 has increased the extent of artistes eligible for the Headies as Eldee, MI, Omawumi, Timi Dakolo and 2face make their first entry into the Best Conscious Music category.
â€œOnce again, we are set to reward talents who have done exceptionally well in the year in review,â€ said jury chairman, DJ Jimmy Jatt.
The year in review, according to the screening committee, is from December 2009 to February 2011, while nominees for the 2011 Headies was short-listed by The Headies Screening Committee comprising of six grounded individuals from different spheres of the music industry.