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Headies Awards Set to Return to Nigeria, Musawa Criticized for Alleged African Grammy



It was disappointing for Nigerians to see that none of the eight Nigerian artists nominated at the 66th Grammy Awards, held at the Peacock Theatre, Los Angeles, United States, on February 4, 2024, emerged as winners.

Following the event, social media was flooded with diverse opinions about the outcome of the awards. Many Nigerians cautioned artists against seeking validation from the Grammy and urged them to strengthen Nigerian platforms instead.

Embracing this sentiment, the Headies, a prestigious music awards ceremony in Nigeria, announced its return to the country. The previous editions in 2022 and 2023, held in the USA, faced severe criticism from those who believed the awards should take place in Nigeria.

Ayo Animashaun, the founder and executive producer of the Headies Award, took to Instagram on February 7, 2024, to express, “As the event that recognized the arrival of our major music talents way before they conquered the world, we understand the importance of taking the good news of great music to new frontiers.”

“So, the 2022 and 2023 editions of The Headies held in the US. The world got a chance to see our global stars and our future stars. This year 2024, we are bringing the world back home to the place that birthed the sound that has led everybody to the dance floor, and has put our continent at the centre of global pop culture.”

Amidst this, there were allegations that Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, was planning the ‘African Grammy Awards’ in partnership with the original Grammy Awards. However, some industry stakeholders believe this move could have a negative impact on the African music industry.

Segun Ogunjimi, the Chief Executive Officer of Trending Musik, criticized the idea, stating, “Instead of supporting homegrown initiatives, such as the Headies, All African Music Awards, Soundcity MVP Awards, and Trace Awards, the minister has opted to prioritize foreign involvement. This is unacceptable and should be condemned by all those who love this country and the burgeoning creative industry.”

Furthermore, veteran music producer and industry consultant Benjamin Iguebor expressed readiness to oppose the initiative, emphasizing the importance of protecting and promoting cultural identities and products in the global music industry.

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