The nomination list for the 2016 Hip Hop World Awards a.k.a ‘The Headies‘ which was released last week has been met with a lot of criticism. From those who claimed they had one of the best songs of the year and others who felt they’ve outgrown the Next Rated category.
The organizers had to come out to state their part of the story. Via their Instagram page, they said:
“The Headies secretariat recognizes the fact that we have to continue to educate the public and the industry about the Headies and its salient details. An artiste may not be nominated if he/she doesn’t submit materials for screening.
The Headies secretariat made a call for entry which lasted from the 1st-31st of October, this campaign was boosted with the inclusion of promotions across all media platforms to cover a wider reach across the country.
Artistes, producers and video directors may not be nominated if they did not call adequate attention to their creative works in the year under review by submitting their materials during this period. While we understand the pain of missing being appreciated over the creative materials in a calendar year, we encourage label owners, artistes and their managers to endeavour to submit their entries before the end of the call period.”
Yung6ix‘s ‘Respek On My Name’ was released outside the window that this year’s awards covered hence the reason why it wasn’t even considered.
Hopefully, this will put an end to controversies surrounding the credibility of the awards show.