The next edition of the Headies Award aimed at honouring musicians,
performers, producers, writers, and other professionals for their
exploits in the year 2017 will be held on March 24, 2018, the organisers
Organisers of awards made the announcement on Wednesday on their official website.
to The Executive Producer of the event, Ayo Animashaun, Nigeria’s
longest-running music honours event will return to the first quarter of
the year and new categories would be added to the awards to reflect the
realities of today’s music and entertainment industry.
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, Animashaun said in the statement.
Past editions of the award
ceremony had been moved from March when it originally debuted in 2006
to November/December. But in the forthcoming edition, it has been moved
back to March.
“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,” said Animashaun, who is also the founder
of Hip TV.
“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.”
newly introduced award categories are Headies Viewer’s Choice, Industry
Brand Supporter, Best Performer, and Best Song Writer of the year.
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 organisers explained on their website.
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.
year-in-review will accommodate entries released between July 2016 to
December 2017. Subsequently, the year in review will be January to
December of each year.