The 2016 Soundcity MVP Awards was hyped and a lot of people who had been disappointed by the Headies Awards were hoping that this award show would be a lot different and mostly live up to all its promises.
A large percentage of Twitter users have rated the Soundcity MVP Awards higher than the Headies but the event was not without its lapses. From the organisers to the hosts to the winners, here are the winners and losers from last night’s Soundcity MVP Awards:
Tekno: After taking multiple swipes at the Headies, ultimately snubbing the event and getting criticised by many of us, Tekno made a comeback at last night’s event. He won three awards – Best Digital Artiste, Listener’s Choice and Song of the Year for his monster hit track, Pana.
Wizkid: African Artiste of the Year and Best Male Artiste. And of course, we must never forget that he’s the most loved artiste in Nigeria at the moment. Still in doubt? Ask about him on Twitter streets.
The Organisers: We’ll always say it could have been better but frankly, it was a brilliant show put together by Soundcity. In Nigeria where forces are permanently stationed to rise against event organisers and ruin their efforts, Soundcity pulled through nicely. The glitches were obvious; sound (the resident evil) and absent winners (not the doing of organisers) but we bet they will return with an almost perfect show in 2017.
Do2tun: He doesn’t call himself Host with the Most for nothing. The super hypeman was on ground to make sure the show did not slip into a coma and he did a great job of it. Now, our respect for him just went up another notch.
Olamide and every other artiste that performed: The flow from one performance to another was seamless. Olamide gave the audience the hits back to back as usual and all was blissful to watch, thanks to proper planning by the organisers.
Basketmouth: He was host too and you’d expect that having a top comedian host a show would bring absolute life on. Save for a few funny jokes, Basketmouth failed to deliver. Last night, he wasn’t just the man we used to know.
Every absentee winner: We will never appreciate a local artiste who cannot accommodate an event that seeks rewards him in his schedule. It’s that simple.
Yemi Alade: She won in the Best Female Artiste category much to the discontent of the audience. See:
— Nwankwo Chioma Henrietta (@etta_primus) December 30, 2016
Yemi Alade needs to take a break for a year, get writers, make good music & then come back. Love her but all this nonsense has to stop.
— Papa Bule (@bule_jr) December 29, 2016
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