The Soundcity MVP Awards Festival 2017 – The Good, The Bad & The In-Between

The 2017 Soundcity MVP Awards have come and gone and left behind some memories – the good, the bad, and maybe, the in-between. It will be quite difficult for me to critically analyze or give an opinion since I was much absent at the event, but off course, Twitter helped give a glimmer of what went down at the Eko Hotel Convention Center on Friday night, the 12th of January, as the SMVP trended on the internet.

 

The Bad

As it is common to most events and concerts in Nigeria, keeping to time is a fable. The African Time mentality has become a norm in our society and from the look of things, it might not be changing in the nearest future. From the numerous jingles and adverts on the various media platforms, the SMVP was to officially commence its live broadcast at 8PM but left both the attendees and viewers watching from the comfort of their homes waiting till about 2 hours later before it kicked off.

However, this could be due to some technical issues or the low turn up of people at the initial period. Whatever reason it may be, time, as they say, is money and should be respected.

 

The Good

Asides from starting late, it was gathered that the show was well packaged and the organization was top-notch. Well, we don’t expect less from such an event, knowing a giant brand like Guinness was one of its sponsors. A massive turn out of celebrities and fans alike was witnessed. The audience was thrilled by an array of spectacular performances from the likes of Seyi Shay, MI, Yemi Alade, Kiss Daniel, Tuface and a host of others performing some of their hit songs. Yemi Alade was a subject for discussion on Twitter while her lyrical abilities were yet again contested by some concerned fans after her energetic performance.

Davido continued his winning streak, bagging 3 awards – African Artist of the Year, Best Video & Best Song of the Year, hence making him the highest recipient at this year’s edition. Maleek Berry who recently released his EP, First Daze of Winter, also won in 2 categories, Best Pop, and Best New Act. This was well deserved for the songwriter/producer/singer, though fans of Mayorkun wished the “Mama” singer had won the Best New Act Category and raised eyebrows at this category. Tiwa Savage who has had a good run so far had 5 nominations but won only one for the Best Female MVP, beating Yemi Alade to it who won this category last year.

 

The In-Between

Every award ceremony comes with its own drama, even the Oscars and the Grammies are not an exception. Some are rib cracking, some disappointing, while some just keep you stunned. The SMVP definitely came with its own share of drama and controversies. The one that got most talking was the Diamond Platnumz saga after he was announced as the Best Male MVP. No one expected it. How could that have been? When the likes of Davido, Runtown, Wizkid, Olamide and Sakordie are in the same category? This triggered some to question the credibility of the award owing to the fact that the results were based on votes.

Popular OAP, Toke Makinwa became an object of ridicule on Twitter after belting out the recipient of the Best Collaboration as Painkiller, by Sakordie featuring Patoranking instead of Runtown. Some of the tweets were completely hilarious. To be sincere I had some good laughs. Lol. Whereas she simply announced what was handed to her on the cue card, so you won’t necessarily blame her.

Ace producer, Kiddominant felt cheated having lost the Best Producer to Young Jon who was behind the hit track ‘WO’ by Olamide. It’s unarguably known that Kiddominant also had a good run in 2017 and has credits for hits like Fall by Davido, Mama, and Che Che by Mayorkun to his name. The embittered producer took to social media to express his disappointment. “Don’t put me in your s**t if it’s not legit.

After seeing the reviews and comments, it can be said that the Soundcity MVP Awards 2017 is an improvement from what award ceremonies used to be like in Nigeria and this can only get better.

See full winners list below:

BEST MALE MVP
DAVIDO (NG)
RUNTOWN (NG)
DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TZ) – WINNER
SARKODIE (GH)
NAVIO (UG)
2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
WIZKID (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)
OLAMIDE (NG)

BEST FEMALE MVP
TIWA SAVAGE (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
BABES WODUMO (SA)
SIMI (NG)
BECCA (GH)
SEYI SHAY (NG)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
BUCIE (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (TZ)

BEST HIP HOP
M.I ABAGA (NG)
SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA) – WINNER
OLAMIDE (NG)
NASTY C (SA)
FALZ (NG)
KWESTA (SA)
AKA (SA)

BEST POP
KISS DANIEL (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SIMI (NG)
DAVIDO (NG)
MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
NINIOLA (NG)
WANDE COAL (NG)
REEKADO BANKS (NG)

BEST COLLABORATION
PARTICULA – MAJOR LAZER & DJ MAPHORISA FT. ICE PRINCE, JIDENNA, NASTY C
(SA)
MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID
TONIGHT – R2BEES FT WIZKID
MA GIRL – TOOFAN FT. PATORANKING
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO
TELLI PERSON – TIMAYA FT. PHYNO & OLAMIDE
PAIN KILLER – SARKODIE FT RUNTOWN – WINNER
BOOTY LANGUAGE – SKALES FT SARKODIE
JUICE – YCEE FT MALEEKBERRY
DON’T FORGET TO PRAY – AKA & ANATII
NA WASH – BECCA FT PATORANKING
ISKABA – WANDE COAL / DJ TUNEZ
LOVE AGAIN – C4 PEDRO FT SAUTI SOL

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
DAVIDO (NG)
WIZKID (NG) – WINNER
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
AKA (SA)
VANESSA MDEE (KQ)
YEMI ALADE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
MA LO  – TIWA SAVAGE FT WIZKID (NG)
YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIFE – MI (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
UoK – NASTY C (SA)
10 FINGERS – AKA & ANATII (SA)
WHOLE THING – FRANK CASINO & RIKY RICK (SA)
BEEN CALLING – MALEEKBERRY (NG)
KOLOLO – BANKY W (NG)
ALL HAIL – KHULI CHANA (SA)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER

BEST GROUP OR DUO
SAUTI SOL (KQ)
TOOFAN (TG)
MAFIKIZOLO (SA)
MICASA (SA)
DISTRUCTION BOYZ (SA) – WINNER
VVIP (GH)
R2Bees (GH)
NAVY KENZO (TZ)

SONG OF THE YEAR 
PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
WO – OLAMIDE (NG)
SEDUCE ME – ALIKIBA
QOBISIQOLO – BHIZER FT BUSISWA, SC GORNA, BHEPEPE (SA)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
AKANAMALI – SUN EL MUSICIAN FT. SAMTHING SOWETO (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
CLOSER – WIZKID (NG)
JOROMI – SIMI (NG)
LEG OVER – MR EAZI (NG)

BEST NEW ARTISTE 
MALEEK BERRY (NG) – WINNER
MAYORKUN (NG)
DICE AILES (NG)
SMALL DOCTOR (NG)
NADIA NAKAI (SA)
ASLAY (TZ)

VIEWERS CHOICE 
WO – OLAMIDE  (NG)
IF – DAVIDO (NG)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG) – WINNER
LIVING THINGS – 9ICE (NG)
YEBA – KISS DANIEL (NG)
ISKABA – WANDE COAL, DJ TUNEZ (NG)
TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI (NG)
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA

LISTENERS CHOICE 
WO – OLAMIDE (NG) – WINNER
GAGA SHUFFLE – 2FACE IDIBIA (NG)
NASTY C –UOK (SA)
GOBISIQOLO – BHISER (SA)
MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN (NG)
MARADONA – NINIOLA (NG)
YOLO YOLO – SEYI SHAY (NG)
IF – DAVIDO

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 
MALEEKBERRY (NG).
KIDOMINANT (NG)
DJ MAPHORISA (SA)
MASTERKRAFT (NG)
JULZ (GH)
YOUNG JOHN (NG) – WINNER

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR 
SARKODIE (GH)
CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)
DAVIDO (NG) – WINNER
WIZKID (NG)
TIWA SAVAGE (NG)
SHATTA WALE (GH)