This year’s edition of the Soundcity MVP Awards came and went on 29 December, 2016 and everyone on social media is still talking about it.
This year’s event, held at the Eko Conventional Centre, Lagos Nigeria – had a common theme of “Recognizing The Hardest Working Music Talent In Africa” Of course, the big difference this year was the infusion of the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award.
Hosted by one of Africa’s funniest comedians, Basket Mouth and co-host Do2tun who thrilled the crowd, the event had spectacular performances from Olamide Badoo, Patoranking, Tekno, Niniola, Lil Kesh, Koker, Victoria Kimani among others and appearances by Wizkid, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Marcy Dolapo Oni, Omowunmi Akinifesi, Noble Igwe, Mai Atafo, OC Ukeje, Lala Akindoju among many others.
Here are the 5 things we learned from the awards:
1. The Organizers did their homework
A lot of people had made their displeasure known over how the Hip Hop World Awards aka Headies, which was held a few days earlier, was organized and many had been waiting to see if the Soundcity MVP awards would make the same mistake. Fortunately, unlike the Headies, the Soundcity MVP awards lived up to billings with good visuals which made the whole show easy on both the eyes of those at the event and the millions watching via their television sets across the globe. The event also managed to keep to scheduled time The live stream was pretty easy on the eye and on the whole, the organization of the event could hardly be faulted on that front.
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2. Artistes don’t take awards serious
Unlike what was obtainable during the MAMAs and even the BET Awards (where most African artistes were handed their plaques before the awards proper), most of the high profile artistes seem to have a lackadaisical attitude to the awards. When most of the winners were not out-rightly absent, the few present ones failed to make any kind of meaningful speech. The majority of the awards were received on behalf of the winning artistes by labelmates or other representatives who only say things like “he/she would have said thank you”.
The stand out was TEKNO who despite receiving the most awards (3) – Listener’s Choice, Digital Artiste of the Year and Song of the Year – could only say, “God bless your mother, God bless your father” and ended his 5 second speech with something like “the cassava is big”.
3. Lethargic Performances By Falz And Simi
You would be forgiven for wondering what the duo of ace rapper and award winning Falz the bahd guy and delectable songstress, Simi, have achieved this year individually and in their collaborations to deserve to perform at the Soundcity MVP Awards given their insipid display. Both artistes simply failed to inspire the crowd and there was a collective sign of relief when they both finished performing. Chemistry somebody?
4. Nigeria tops the awards list yet again.
Nigeria’s domination of continental music awards continued at the Soundcity MVP Awards with 11 awards won by different artistes from the country. Just like they earlier in the year at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), Wizkid and Yemi Alade went home with the ‘African Artiste of the Year’and ‘Best Female Artiste’ awards respectively.
Star boy, Wizkid, edged out five other nominees, including Vannessa Mdee of Tanzania, ‘Sarkode’ of Ghana and his Nigerian counterparts Yemi Alade and Olamide, to picked the ‘African Artiste of the Year’, trophy.
Yemi Alade was named ‘Best Female Artiste’of the year amid other nominees, including Tiwa Sawage, Cynthia Morgan, Victoria kimani of Kenya and Vanessa Mdee of Tanzania.
Hip hop artiste Kiss Daniel picked the ‘Best Hop’ award, and Tekno emerged the ‘Digital Artiste of the Year.’
Nigeria young ace Mr Eazi was named ‘ Best New Artiste’,while Tekno Video ‘PANA’, directed by Clarence Peters won the ‘Video of the Year’ award.
5. Olamide is Man of the moment
If there were still any doubters that Olamide is the ultimate crowd puller then his commanding performance on the night would be enough to win them over. From the moment he mounted the stage till when he left it it was apparent that he was the the most cheered and loved performer on the night. He didn’t dissapoint too and took the fans on a journey through his array of popular hit songs like ‘Shakiti bobo’, ‘Turn up’, ‘Owo blow’ and others. The fans sang along to the lyrics of the songs as the DJ turned down the record.
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