You must have seen the list of the winners... or maybe not! So here it is!
The full list, put up besides my earlier predictions. I wonder... I just wonder!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I was smart enough not to make a prediction here. My gripe was about Banky's album which should have been on this list, or so i felt. And you can't fault a feeling.
GONGO ASO took this category, and you would have thought he is my cousin with the way i screamed in the hall. That album really was a good album, and i know some wanted M.I to win it, and you know i love M.I to bits, but i can't fault 9ice taking this category. I really can't.
2 ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
I predicted 9ice, and guess what? I WAS RIGHT!
9ice took this category, but the winner on the night was his little baby Zion, who slept all through and looked adorable!
3 SONG OF THE YEAR
I predicted GOOD or BAD by J Martins but I WAS WRONG, cos GONGO ASO took it. And i am wondering why i would even bet against GONGO ASO in the first place. That was the biggest song last year, and even into this year!
4 RECORDING OF THE YEAR
We had not thoughts here, but we are screaming a big CONGRATULOBI to ETCETERA for taking this award for MICHELLE!!!
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
We prediced ID CABASA jo, and WE WERE RIGHT!
Come on, the volume of work the guy has is massive, and maybe this year, El Dee, and TY MIX, will give him a run for his money, but ID CABASA took it, and we loved it!
BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)
I said JUDE OKOYE and I WAS RIGHT. But that was pretty obvious compared with what he was up against. 'ROLL IT' was a fun, well-put together, and beautiful video! But quick question- is HHWA beefing ClARENCE PETERS? None of his videos were nominated. But why?
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ALBUM
We said 'err...' cos we really don't know about this category. Timaya won it though, and ruined what would have been a beautiful acceptance speech by making his shout out to his girlfriend a lewd one.
BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM
We predicted 9ice, and WE WERE RIGHT!
And we also said, there should be a category for ALTERNATIVE MUSIC so that peopel like ETCETERA and possibly NIKKI LAOYE, can do battle on their own, without fighting with essentially Naija Pop albums!
BEST RAP ALBUM
I predicted M.I, TALK ABOUT IT, and i was right!
He won, and half of us went on stage with him! I couldn't help it, it was such an exciting moment!
I predicted 'STREET CREDIBILITY' with 9ICE and TU FACE but I WAS WRONG. 'GOOD OR BAD' by J MARTINS featuring TIMAYA won, and i did clap for them cos that category was close! Congrats oh! And J MARTINS has another cool single titled 'OWO'. You should definitely listen to it!
BEST RAP SINGLE
I chickened out of making a prediction, and that was cool cos i am not sure i would have guessed right!
KINI BIG DEAL by NAETO C won, so congrats to him, and to the STORM family!
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
I predicted BANKY W and was pretty militant about that! I said if you are going to argue it, come correct, but noone did, and I WAS RIGHT!
BANKY W took it for the marvellous delivery on DON'T BREAK MY HEART
I have to admit though. DAREY's performance of same song at the awards show could have swung it in his favour if voting was done that night!
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
I was never hesitant here. I said OMAWUMI would win, and I WAS RIGHT! SHe took it for 'IN THE MUSIC'.
I might have been drunk when i predicted YQ but i definitely wasn't when i said, 'OR KEL'. Either way, I WAS WRONG.
OMAWUMI took it, and went on to give the best, most emotional, and funniest acceptance speech in Nigeria's recent history.
Congratulations madam, please send me the rear light so i can rock the car with you!
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION - Best new artiste
I basically said if M.I did not win this category, i would eat my bra straps. Do i need to?
Sorry people, the bra straps stay intact for I WAS RIGHT!
It was emotional oh and i couldn't help screaming, shouting, jumping, dancing and all! But it started cos a SHORT BLACK BOY spoke up about CROWD MENTALITY and made music lovers SAFE enough to be TEASERS.
He truly is an ANOTI and i am excited about this year!
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
I WANTED LORD OF AJASA to win, but i PREDICTED that MODE NINE would win and I WAS RIGHT!
It was cool to see M.I, Jesse Jags and co give him a standing ovation as he went on stage to pick it up. And he even gave Jesse props for producing 'NINE', the track the nomination came with. So PEACE in the world of HIP HOP i guess... (Tongue in cheek peeps, Tongue in cheek!)
BEST STREET HOP (single)
I predicted LORD OF AJASA for ESA LO BADE, but O FO KA SIBE by DJ ZEEZ won.
Congrats to DJ ZEEZ and i hope LORD OF AJASA does not get discouraged. Keep making the music mehn!
To the winners, i say well done!
To the other nominees, i say not winning does not mean you are not good, and getting nominated amongst so many others is also a big honour.
Your fans love you inspite of awards okay!
To those who were NOT nominated, remember that aye po gan, and there is enough space for all of us, so keep doing what you do, and know that your fans still notice!
To HIP HOP WORLD AWARDS, i say, thank you for listening to all the comments from last year and for the winners in these categories. This is not the year people will cry and do press releases as to how unfair the awards were. You can't please everybody, but the aim is to always be transparent, and we applaud this year's awards!
And to me, i don't even know why i started this line!
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