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CONTROVERSIES TRAIL NEA NOMINEES LIST

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– Skuki, Oritsefemi reject Best New Act
+ organisers keep mum

Olamide

Olamide

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the organisers of Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) released a long list of nominees for the 9th edition of the awards taking place on August 31, 2014, in New York City, USA.
The list has however sparked controversies among artistes and music buffs. First to react was the duo of Skuki, who felt insulted to have been nominated for the Best New Act Category alongside Orezi, Patoranking, Charass, Tekno, Oritsefemi, among others.
Skuki stormed the industry in 2010, with hit single, Banger. Same year, they won the prestigious Next Rated Award at the highly rated award, Hip Hop World (now Headies). While reacting to their inclusion, the pop duo rejected the nomination, saying it may have been an error. They therefore urged the organisers to remove their name.
“Best New Act…bawo? Backward never NEA Awards kindly eject my name from that category,” one half of the duo, Peeshaun tweeted.
“Not moved by social acceptance or crowd mentality. Awards don’t put money in my bank account. Dat nomination had beta been an error,” he continued.
Vavavoom also spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly. He said, “I don’t know where they invented such insult. We didn’t submit any entry, as such we weren’t expecting any nomination from them. We don’t even know their procedure…we never discussed such category with anyone… ever.”
Also, the choice of Double Wahala crooner, Oritsefemi in the same category has been questioned by pundits, as many lambasted the organisers. Oritsefemi has been in the industry for long. He was formally in a group called The Jingolist, before he went solo. In 2007/08, he released a hit entitled, Elewon, which means chase them, and another successful monstrous song, Mercy of the Lord.

Phyno

Phyno

A music producer, who didn’t want his name to be published said, “It’s very unfortunate that this is happening. How can you name Skuki and Oritsefemi in the New Act Category? This is bizarre, and the credibility of the award should be questioned. It’s either the panel don’t know anything about music or it’s deliberate, something must be wrong.”
In a chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, May 30, 2014, one of the organisers of the awards, Akinwale Oluwaleimu declined comment, saying, “I am asking the same question too. I’m not a part of the nomination process, I just advise when asked and give event support where needed, especially in Nigeria.”
All efforts to speak with the President of NEA Awards, Mr. Martin Fayomi wasn’t successful. He didn’t reply our email as at the time of filing this report on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
The NEA Awards is an annual entertainment award show held in the United States, with the sole purpose of celebrating and recognizing contributions of entertainers to the African entertainment industry, while at the same time promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria.
According to the release, voting starts July 1, 2014, and winners will be announced at the grand ceremony on August 31, 2014, at the Skirball Performing Art Center, New York City.

 

Oritsefemi

Oritsefemi

FULL LIST FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL

NEA AWARDS MUSIC
Best Album of the Year
Baddest Guy Ever Liveth – Olamide
Once Upon A Time – Tiwa Savage
Takeover – Kcee
Leaving an Impact For Eternity (L.I.F.E) – Burna Boy
Jagz Nation, Vol 1: Thy Nation Come -Jesse Jagz
Journey – Sean Tizzle
Blessed – Flavour

Hottest Single of the Year
Pull Over – Kcee ft. Wizkid
Double Wahala – Oritsefemi
Aye – Davido
Caro – Starboi ft Lax and Wizkid
Surulere – Dr Sid ft. Don Jazzy
Eminado – Tiwa Savage ft. Don Jazzy
Touching Body-  J Martins ft. DJ Arafat

Best New act of the Year
Orezi
Patoranking
Runtown
Charass
Tekno Miles
Oritsefemi
Skuki

Gospel Artist of the year
Tim Godfrey and Xtreme Crew
Frank Edwards
Flo
Segun Oluwayomi
Niki Laoye
Sabina
Proverbs

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Oritsefemi
Reminisce
Sean Tizzle
Jaywon
Flavour
Timaya
Mc Galaxy

Best Pop/R&B artist of the Year
Praiz
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Ayoola
Banky W
Chidinma
Harry Song

Female Artist of the Year
Tiwa Savage
Yemi Alade
Seyi Shay
Cynthia Morgan
Eva
Chidinma
Niyola

Male Artist of the Year
Kcee
Davido
Iyanya
Wande Coal
Wizkid
Oritsefemi
Patoranking

Best Rap Act of the Year
Olamide
Phyno
Ice Prince
Eva
Show Dem Camp
Reminisce
Cynthia Morgan

Music Producer of the Year
Duncan Daniels
Dtunes
Don Jazzy
Blaq Jerzy
Pheelz
Del B
Malek Berry

Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director)
Jaiye Jaiye – Wizkid and Sesan
Personally-  P-Square and Jude Okoye
Rands & Naira – Emmy Gee and Nick
Sitting on the Throne – Olamide and Kemi Adetiba
Skelewu – Davido and Moe Musa
Eminado – Tiwa Savage and Clarence Peters
Oh Baby! – Chidinma ft Flavour and Clarence Peters

Best Collaboration
Mofe Lowo Ju Daddy Mi – Reminisce ft Davido
Oluchi-  Solid Star ft Flavor
WanDaMo – Burna Boy ft Dbanj
Oh Baby! – Chidinma ft Flavour
Emergency  -Wizzy Pro ft Runtown, Skales & Patoranking
Gallardo – Runtown ft Davido
Allubarika – Patoranking ft Timaya

Most Promising Act to Watch
Di’Ja
Ayo Jay
Elphlex
Koko J
Sna-Z
Brain
DJ Mo

Diaspora Artist of the Year
Stlyzz
Wale
Bils
L.A.X
Lola Rae
Mr. 2Kay
Emmy Gee

African Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian)
Sarkodie
Mafikizolo
Shatta Wale
Micasa
Fally Ipupa
Uhuru
R2Bees

FILM
Best Actor in a Lead Role
Joseph Benjamin (Murder At Prime Suites)
Nkem Owoh (Maja)
Chitewel Ejiofor (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Kanayo O. Kanayo (Apaye)
Tope Tedela (A Mile from Home)

Best Supporting Actor
OC Ukeje (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Rabilu Musa Ibro (Maja)
Desmond Elliott (Finding Mercy)
Yomi Fash-Lanso (Omo Elemosho)
Shawn Faqua (Lagos Cougar)

Best Actress in a Lead Role
Nse Ikpe-Etim (Journey to self)
Funke Akindele (Agnetta O’Mpa)
Damilola Adegbite (Flower Girl)
Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha (Accident)
Daniella Okeke (Lagos Cougars)

Best Supporting Actress
Rita Dominic (Finding Mercy)
Patience Ozokwor (After the Proposal)
Tamara Eteimo (Desperate Housegirls)
Genevieve Nnaji (Half of a Yellow Sun)
Bikiya Graham-Douglas (Flower Girl)

Best Director
Tope Oshin-Ogun (Journey to Self)
Sadiq Mafia (Maja)
Desmond Elliott (Finding Mercy)
Teco Benson (Accident)
Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun)

Best Picture
Journey to Self
Maja
Accident
Half of a Yellow Sun
Murder at Prime Suites

Other Categories
Entertainment Personality of the Year
Toolz
Liz Yemoja
Adams
Toke Makinwa
Denrele
Lami
IK Ogbonna

Entertainment Executive of the Year
Efe Omorogbe – Hypertek
Don Jazzy – Mavin Records
E-Money – Five Star Records
Illbliss – Capital Records
Ayo Animashaun – HipTV
Steve Babaeko – X3m Music
Okwudili-Umenyior – Erik Manny Records

Best OAP
Matilda – Rhythm Abuja
Dotun Kayode – Cool FM
D Don – Rainbow FM
Toke Makinwa  -Rhythm FM
Yaw – Wazobia FM
Maria Okanrende – The Beat 99.9 FM
Jluv – City 105.1

Funniest Comedian of the Year
Bovi
Bash
Funny Bone
Ajebo
Akpororo
Helen Paul
Chi Gurl

World DJ
DJ IK – Nigeria
DJ Shinski – Houston
DJ Cuppy – UK
DJ Flexx – Nigeria
DJ Tunez – New York
DJ Spinall – Nigeria
DJ Xclusive – Nigeria

 

– RASHEED ABUBAKAR

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