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Friday, November 11, 2016

Shocker as wizkid was stripped of award

Wizkid and the MTV EMAs 2016, much ado about nothing

Wizkid has been stripped of his 2016 award for MTV EMA for Best African Act. It is not news that Tanzanian singer Ali Kiba has that award as it is.
But only one thing comes to mind with this development and it is the fact that in 2015 when Wizkid was nominated for Best African Act at the UK’s Music Of Black Origin (MOBO), the body language in his Fader magazine interview suggested he didn’t really care what the outcome would be.

These were his exact words:
“My real fans know I am not really about that kind of thing.
“That was not the reason why I fell in love with music.”
It sounded a bit standoffish, bold and indifferent of him.
But he had every reason to feel a certain type of way because he was looking at a whole bigger portrait, he had a new wave in mind and this was the picture defining his train of thought at the time. It was something more iconic as we are beginning to see today.
He hadn’t synergized enough with Drake and there was no One Dance at the time, but there was an Ojuelegba remix which was already easily burning through major corners of global music.
The song set an ideal foundation for One Dance which was created by both stars in April 2016 and as a result the world is now nicely in tune with our sounds.
Wizkid was valid in his remarks about the MOBO Awards for last year, at least to an extent

He called out the BET Awards in June 2016 for not airing live the category for Best International Act from Africa. And who better to speak up than the 26-year-old who has won both the MOBO and the BET before now?
The feeling is sanguine for the AYO crooner now, more than ever, and it is understandable why.
As for the MTV EMAs; he’s had quite a bit of not-so-successful runs, but does it matter? Does it define the core of his global following and acclaim? Hardly any possibility of that.

In 2015, Wizkid got his third nomination for the Best African Act category at the MTV EMA but lost out to Diamond Platnumz. It was only a pre-award nomination for him there anyway.
Before then, he was nominated in 2012 but lost out to Dbanj, then in 2013 and lost out again to LCNVL.
So clearly, his history with the MTV EMAs isn’t so laudable as his fourth nomination in 2016 against Black Coffee, Cassper Nyovest, Olamide and Ali Kiba has seen him losing yet again.
On the one hand, it is impressive that results have gone this way as international awards for African entertainers are not the exclusive preserve of Nigerians in any way.
You don’t put in work, you don’t get nominated. You get nominated but don’t get the votes, you don’t win. Fair enough.

On the other hand, the announcement of Wizkid as winner for the 2016 edition and then an update that Ali Kiba actually won few days after is almost irrational to say the least.
Like, there are several layers at the MTV and the judges and voting system could have done better.
This is the MTV we are talking about here.
It totally feels like the organizers and team of judges have shown crassness, lack of professionalism and a piss-poor attempt at pulling a stunt more fitting for a local, unrecognized awards ceremony.
But here’s what it is – we think there couldn’t have been an oversight within MTV so bad they didn’t realize who the actual winner was before 'crowning' Wizkid, though temporarily.

They were probably just trying to replay the travesty of Steve Harvey from Miss Universe 2015 when he wrongfully announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the beauty pageant only to turn around and apologize that the crown truly belonged to Miss Philippines.
It was madness on the night as Ariadna Gutierrez had to hand over the $30,000 blue diamond and topaz crown to Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
But you know what’s funny? While we can excuse Steve Harvey seeing as he is a jester, we don’t exactly know how to react or what to say about the MTV for this incredible flaw.
Perhaps an arm of the MTV is a joke as well and all along we didn’t get the memo, who knows?

It’s okay, nothing about an award is worth dying for. It doesn’t change anything particularly if you know where you are headed.
Most especially, it won’t change anything for any African artiste beyond what One Dance has achieved for Wizkid.
And by the way, there’s a Grammy in the offing for Wizkid and Drake for One Dance going by what our sources at Star.naij say, but let’s leave that for another day.
It is hard to put words down for a piece like this because the pendulum swings your pen between empathy, bias and objectivity.

Awards don’t define anything sometimes, especially awards like this that smack of improper planning, a segregation that sees organizers rewarding certain recipients backstage or a day before the show proper and all of that.
You see, even Ali Kiba knows that in his immediate community, Wizkid rings a bell than him, even probably within his closest circle and among his kinsmen in Tanzania.
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So, really, it’s okay. Let them all continue with their shine as they represent the continent in great lights.
For Wizkid, no use bickering over issues of this sort, no use crying over spilt milk, and above all, no use fighting over the stage name ‘Starboy’.
History has already been written by him. It is what it is.

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