Headies tutors Tekno on next rated award


Organisers of the Headies on Saturday tutored Triple MG artiste, Tekno, fans and others in the entertainment industry on the eligibility for award categories.

The 2016 Headies nominees list was released on Tuesday, and the ‘Pana’ singer was nominated as next rated act alongside Mr Eazi, Aramide, YCee, and Humblesmith, but he wasn’t too impressed with the award category.

Tekno threw shade at the Headies on Friday, when he posted a picture on his Instagram page with caption, “Next rated, after how many years, please let’s be honest,” but the 23-year-old was quick to delete the post.

Fans on social media also felt the pop star was underrated and too big for the next rated award.

Ayo Animashaun-led Smooth Promotions, organisers of the award, however pointed out the next rated award is a category for artistes that have not recorded or released an official album in the year under review, which is July 2015 to June 2016.

That much was explained in a message posted on Instagram on Saturday.

Over the years, Nigeria’s most prestigious music award, The Headies has strived for excellence in building the award on true values of integrity, transparency and responsibility. We have worked hard to reward artistic ingenuity since day one and also educating the teaming fans of the award, the public and the entertainment industry about the rules of the awards and the criteria for nominations in each category. Often times, we realize that the fans, people in the industry and the media are either misled or not paying attention to the rules and criteria for nomination. Hence, it is important to set the record straight and continue to enlighten the industry and the fans. We recognise how important The Headies is to our industry and we will not take information for granted. Next Rated for example are officially unreleased artiste in the year under review. This means, no matter how good or popular your song may be, how many hit singles or how many good music videos you may have, if you have not recorded and released an official album, you are still eligible to be nominated for that category. In the same vein, you may start your career a year ago, as long as you have released an album, will not the eligible for nomiation in the Next Rated Category.

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