Ice Prince is Head(ie)s and shoulders above the pack in 2011 award nominations list

by Ifreke Inyang

The organizers of the popular annual music awards, The Headies (which used to be known as HipHopWorld Awards) have announced the nominees for this year via the official website www.theheadies.com, and on the Beat 99.9 FM yesterday.

Chocolate City rapper Ice Prince, tops the list with nine nominations. The rapper behind the monstrously popular song Oleku is closely followed by pop star Tuface Idibia who is up for seven nominations. Ice Prince was nominated for ‘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’. He shares three of his nominations with rapper Ruggedman and pop singer Jah Bless.

Other artistes with multiple nominations include rapper turned singer Dr. Sid and R&B singer Darey with six nods each; rapper M.I (five);  D’banj and new kids on the block Wizkid and oLamide score (four nominations each).

Also this year, ‘Best Conscious Music category’ has been added while the ‘Best Reggae Artiste’ category has been pulled off.

Here’s the full list:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in realms as: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (sales, popularity)

MI2 – M.I

Back From The Future – Sound Sultan

Turning Point – Dr Sid

Beautiful Imperfection – Asa

Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.

Darey

M.I

D’banj

2face

Duncan Mighty

SONG OF THE YEAR

Most popular song from an album in the year under review. Decided by voting

Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. BrymO

Only Me – 2Face

Give It To Me – D’Prince ft. D’banj

Pop Something – Dr Sid ft. D’banj

Fimile – Kas

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Best single recording (On-air only or released) by artiste or group in year under review. Originality and production very essential

The Way You Are – Darey

God Hand – Eva

Rain Drops – 2face

Be My Man – Asa 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed songs/album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top-notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.

Don Jazzy – ‘Over the Moon’ by Dr Sid, Mr Endowed, Pop Something

Samklef – Don’t Dull, Kilode, Jonzing World, Noni

J Sleek – Only Me, 2010

Jesse Jagz – Oleku, Jargo

Cobhams – The Way you Are, There Is A Cry

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)

Best conceptualised, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.

Patrick Elis – Holla At Your Boy

Clarence Peters – You Know It (Goldie)

Gini – Ko Ma Roll (Mo’Cheddah)

Mex – Pop Off Selecta (Dipp)

DJ Tee – Eni Duro (Olamide)

BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE

Best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group)

Only Me – 2Face

The Way You Are – Darey

I Gat Money – Femi Ft. Eedris

For A Minute – Waje

Oyi – Flavour

BEST POP SINGLE

Best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)

Give It To Me – D’Prince

Pop Something – Dr. Sid

Holler At Ur Boy – Wizkid

Endowed – D’banj

Fimile – Kas

BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM

Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)

Turning Point – Dr Sid

Beautiful Perfection – Asa

Back To The Future – Sound Sultan

Double Dare – Darey

Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face

BEST RAP SINGLE

Best single released on-air recording of a rap song

Oleku – Ic Prince

Ten Over Ten – Naeto C

Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman

Eni Duro – Olamide

She and My Swagga – Ruggedman feat Ice Prince

BEST RAP ALBUM

Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review

Untouchable – Ruggedman

MI2 – M.I

I Am William – 2Shotz

African American – Sauce Kid

Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL  

Rap Artiste with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album

Modenine – Rhyme Tight

Ice Prince – Oleku

MI – Undisputed

Terry Tha Rapman – Boys Are Not Smiling

Vector – Get Down 

BEST COLLABO       

Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review

You Know it – Goldie ft Eldee

Facebook Love – Essence ft Jaywon

Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee

Number One – M.I ft. Flavour

Oleku – Ice Prince ft. Brymo

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album 

Darey – The Way You Are

Bez – More You

Femi – Money Money Money

Timi Dakolo – There Is A Cry

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)       

Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album 

Waje – For A Minute

Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love

Eva – God Hand

Ego – Fall In Love

AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Non-Nigerian category

Cabo Snoop (Angola) – Windeck

R2Bees (Ghana) – Kiss Your Hand

Liquid Deep (South Africa) – Fairytale

Freshly Ground (South Africa) – Waka Waka

V.I.P (Ghana) – Away   

BEST STREET HOP

The most popular street-hop single in year under review

Noni – Samklef

Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee

Eni Duro – Olamide

Kabakaba – Konga

Owusagi – Wizboyy 

NEXT RATED 

Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review

Ice Prince – Oleku

Wizkid – Holla At Your Boy

Olamide – Eni Duro

Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love 

HIPHOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Best New artiste in the year under review

Dr. Sid

Mo’Cheddah

Jesse Jagz

YQ

Lynxxx

BEST CONSCIOUS SONG OF THE YEAR

Best positive message oriented and social corrective songs that meet judges requirements in areas of composition, production, concept and acceptability.

If You Ask Me – Omawumi

Wild Wild West – M.I

Only Me – 2Face

There Is A Cry – Timi Dakolo

One Day – eLDee Tha Don

HEADIES HALL OF FAME

Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.

Chief Raymond Dokpesi

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  1. And my take goes thus:

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR…..Beautiful Imperfection – Asa

    ARTISTE OF THE YEAR…..D’banj

    SONG OF THE YEAR……Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. BrymO

    RECORDING OF THE YEAR……Be My Man – Asa

    PRODUCER OF THE YEAR……Samklef – Don’t Dull, Kilode, Jonzing World, Noni

    BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)…….Clarence Peters – You Know It (Goldie)

    BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE……………….Only Me – 2Face

    BEST POP SINGLE………Holler At Ur Boy – Wizkid

    BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM………………..Beautiful Perfection – Asa

    BEST RAP SINGLE………Ten Over Ten – Naeto C

    BEST RAP ALBUM…….MI2 – M.I

    LYRICIST ON THE ROLL ………………MI – Undisputed

    BEST COLLABO……..Oleku – Ice Prince ft. Brymo

    BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)…….Femi – Money Money Money

    BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) ………..Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love

    AFRICAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR……………..Cabo Snoop (Angola) – Windeck

    BEST STREET HOP……………..Noni – Samklef

    NEXT RATED………Wizkid – Holla At Your Boy or Ice Prince – Oleku

    HIPHOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR……..****I SIGH*****

    BEST CONSCIOUS SONG OF THE YEAR……..If You Ask Me – Omawumi

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