The 2012 edition of Africa’s prestigious entertainment awards The Headies took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the expo hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites
The event was cohosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I.
The high point of the event, which started three hours later than scheduled, was when fast rising lyricist, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector the Viper was announced as winner of two awards, Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Role.
M.I and Omawumi thrilled the audience with their little song titled ‘The Headies’.
Omawumi, who often tease herself with the name ‘Urhobo mama’ because of how she blends the pidgin English with the regular English language, promised the audience that she was not going to speak an atom of pidgin while hosting the event placing a bet of N500,000.
The winner of the 2010 MTN Project Fame, Chidima opened the show thrilling the audience with her latest song“Kadike”
Psquare return to the Headies’ honours list after a two-year break and with their ‘Invasion’ album the pop twin won two awards – in the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B-Pop Album’ categories. Also, Jude Okoye, Psquare’s elder brother received the award for ‘Best Music Video,’ beating tough competition from Clarence Peters.
The biggest award of the night ‘Artiste of the Year’ went to EME signee Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun. The 22-year-old, who was the third and final act to walk away with two awards was also awarded the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award.
Wande Coal and Tiwa Savage of the MAVIN Records crew picked up awards for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ in both male and female categories – with Wande Coal’s ‘Private trips’ and Tiwa Savage’s ‘Love me 3x’.
The ‘Next Rated’ award which comes with the special prize of a Hyundai Sonata was won by DavidO.
Highlights of the show were the live band performances from Bez and Praiz, who rendered their duet ‘Stupid song‘, Timi Dakolo who gripped the audience with his ‘Great nation’ song, and surprisingly rookies Burna Boy and Dammy Krane.
Winners of the Headies Rockie competition, Burna Boy and Dammy Krane performed also thrilled the audience with their performance.
The so much talked about “Stupid Song” by Bez ft Praiz got the audience excited.
Other performances were from Omo Baba Olowo also known as DavidO, Timi Dakolo , Chuddy K and Brymo.
The Headies brought together all the Nigerian musicians in the 80s and 90s as a way of reunion and letting them know the impact they have made in the music industry and the traces they have left behind.
These include Onyeka Owenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Sir Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Daddy Showkey and many more.
Verve card gave an opportunity to the audience to win the verve surprise winner gift through a raffle draw. The lucky winner got the star prize of N500, 000.
Nominees and winners absent at the event included the winner of the Best Album of the year, P Square, winner of the Best RnB single May D, D’Banj, Mavin Crew, Wizkid, Ice-Prince and African Artiste of the year Sarkodie.
Below is a list of the winners:
• Best RnB single – May D (Soundtrack)
• Best pop single – Iyanya (Kukere)
• Best Rap single – Vector ft 9ice (Angelina)
• Best Street Pop – Chudy K (Gaga Crazy)
• Best RnB Pop Album – Psquare (Invasion)
• Best Rap Album – E.L.I (Ice-Prince)
• Best Vocal Performance Male – Wande Coal (Private Trips)
• Best Vocal Performance Female – Tiwa Savage (Love me, Love me)
• Best Collaboration – Soundsultan ft Excel and Flavor (Orobo)
• Song of the Year – Oliver Twist (D’banj)
• Recording of the year – Ara (Brymo)
• Producer of the year – TYMix (Super C Season by Naeto C)
• Best Music Video – Chop My Money Remix –Jude Okoye
• Next Rated – DavidO
• Hip-Hop Revelation of the Year – Wizkid
• African Artist of the Year – Sarkodie (Azonto Fiesta)
• Headies Hall of Fame – Femi Kuti