Music lovers and fans of afrobeats are excited about the 16th Headies Award holding on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, United States of America.
Recall that the previous edition of the show was held at the same venue on Saturday, July 2, 2022.
Top artistes that are scheduled to perform at the event include Ahmed Ololade aka Asake; Adedamola Adefolahan aka Fireboy; Ikuforiji Abdulrahman aka Oxlade; John Udomboso, aka Young John; and John Ighodaro, professionally known as Johnny Drille.
A Nigerian actress and TV host, Osas Ighodaro; and an American actor and TV presenter, Terrence Jenkins, would be the hosts of the night.
Expressing excitement at hosting the show, Ighodaro said, “I am here as an ambassador and lover of the Headies. Headies has really been at the forefront of celebrating who we are and pushing us forward, not only in Nigeria but on the world stage.”
Jenkins also commended the organisers of the show.
Meanwhile, a nominee’s party was held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.
However, the organisers have also attracted criticism for taking the show to the US.
A fan, Seyi Ajibola, wrote on Instagram, “Hosting an African award show in America is the dumbest thing I have ever seen.”
Another commentator, Biola Silva, wrote, “A total waste of resources, and we keep complaining about how our currency keeps losing its value.”
Grandp Designs wrote, “Take the Headies home. These people don’t care about you all.”
Baba Roscoe added, “They have colonised afrobeats o.”