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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HHWA 09



Known for daring to achieve the seemingly impossible, Hip hop World Awards has over the years set new standards and has been able to carve a niche in an industry where mediocrity reigned supreme.

And fortunately, it often happens that the ambitious but painstakingly executed experiments we have embarked upon usually work out. This is why fourteen years after the magazine first hit news shelves, there has been a number of remarkable events and achievements that highlight the power of possibilities. It is no wonder the awards has not only been considered as the most organized awards, but as the most credible music awards in Nigeria.


VENUE

This year’s edition of the Hip hop world awards will hold at the International Conference center Abuja. This is the first time the awards is leaving its base in Lagos State.

‘It is a dream come true for us to be taking the awards outside Lagos. It is obvious that the event, though a totally homegrown initiative, is already an international brand and every aspect of the process this year will reflect not just the stature of HHWA, but also the stature of the Nigerian music industry’ Ayo Animashaun says


HOSTS

This year’s hosts Kemi Adetiba and Banky W were formally introduced to Journalists at a world press conference on February 10 2009.

An unrepentant hip hop head and music connoisseur, Kemi Adetiba is herself an established on air Personality who first savored the media industry as a little girl while accompanying her father, Dele Adetiba, to radio and television stations. And now, more than a decade after, her CV possesses a swell of radio and TV jobs and invaluable skills and experience which continue to push her up the ladder. She’s been an on-air personality on Silver bird’s Rhythm 93.7, guest analyst on Cool FM 96.9, and co-presenter on M-NET's Studio 53.

Accompanying Adetiba to guide guests through the night’s activities is talented song-writer, singer and ladies’ man Olubankole Wellington, popularly called Banky W. Blessed with an incomparably smooth voice, near-excellent writing and production skills, Banky stormed the Nigerian music scene towards the end of 2007 with a remake of Rihanna’s Umbrella, and immediately caught the attention of an industry in search of fresh ideas and faces. He soon wormed his way into the hearts of critics, sceptics, the media and fans; eventually building for himself, a career that has continued to thrive.
‘It is good to see that there are people who accept and appreciate what you do, and I can boldly say that Hip hop World is one of them. The journey has not been so smooth, but what can I say, I just thank God for this unique opportunity, and I am very positive that I won’t take for granted the opportunity that has been vested on me’ Banky W says

Past hosts of the awards include Darey Art Alade (2006), Dbanj and Tana (2007), Dakore Egbuson and Basket mouth (2008)


SPONSORS

As usual, Hip Hop World Awards will again be sponsored by Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company- MTN Nigeria. Others include Lipton and Dana Motors.

HEADIE PLAQUE

The Headie plaque represents the image and the yell of a young, vibrant man whose talent can challenge that of Nas, Modenine, Kanye West, Sound Sultan and Jay Z combined but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of daunting odds presented by the Nigerian environment.

A total of twenty plaques (called headie) made up of 21 carat gold will be given out to deserving music industry professionals whose works have been screened by a team of select critics and practitioners commissioned by the organizers

The Headie plaque is designed by ACE Awards in England, an international awards, plaques and trophies manufacturing company. Over the years they have manufactured the plaques of many notable awards such as the Grammys


THEME

This year’s awards has been tagged ‘a prize to die for’

‘‘We want artistes to see the awards as a prize to die for’’, says Animashaun. ‘‘Being nominated or winning is a big deal in itself. And those who go home with the award will tell you it’s made of pure 21 carat gold. When we say we want to reward talents, we want people to know that we mean it. So when you have a heady on your award shelf, you’ll see that it’s different from all other ones you’ve had. So you want to work harder and even win more next year. That’s what we want. And that’s why it’s going to be a prize you want to give anything to have; a prize to die for. The cars, money, equipments and others are just icing on the cake’’.

PERFORMERS

In all, 13 artistes have will be performing at this year’s hip hop world awards.

Top on the list are amazing rave of the moment Abolore Akande popularly known as 9ice, Lyricist and rapper MI, new kid on the block Kel, and rising female singer Omawumi.

Others are Lord of Ajasa, Nikky Laoye, Zeez, Darey Art Alade, Banky W, 2face Idibia and rested loose coalition- ‘Da trybe’ comprising of Eldee, Del, KB, Sasha, Dr. Sid, 2shotz, Freestyle and Blaise.

Banky W who first hit lime light in 2007 with ‘Ebutte Metta’ will thrill fans with songs off his debut album ‘Mr. Capable’, and select singles off his upcoming second LP

9ice will perform his hit song- ‘Gongo Aso’, and there is no doubt he will excite fans the way he did last year.

Darey Art Alade will make his first major performance of the hit single ‘Not the girl’

‘This year’s awards is going to be exceptional, there will be so much excitement people should look forward to more exciting performances this year, I am so sure the crowd will find it exciting seeing Da Trybe on stage again, they have not performed together for a long time, every one has been busy doing their own thing, where else will they be reuniting if not on our stage?’ Efe Omorogbe, head of talent at HHWA says.


PRESENTERS

To present the headie to those who will be named winners at this year’s award’s ceremony are renowned individuals who are grounded in what they do. They will cut across different industries, be it comedy, music, TV, Nollywood law, media all the way to Fashion.

Top on the list is Ali Baba, inspiration FM’s Wale Ewedemi, Festus Keyamo, Steve Babaeko, Tonye Ibiama, Tyeng Gyang, Fela Durotoye and Kenny St Brown. Others are Ego Ihenaecho, Howie T, ID Cabasa and many more.


THEME SONG AND VIDEO

This year’s theme song was composed by three talented and wave making artistes- Kel, MI and Banky W and was produced by Eldee the Don.

Two months after the song was recorded, the video was shot at the Teslim Balogun stadium on Thursday April 23, 2009, and a lot of celebrities were present, Kemi Adetiba was the director, and she was assisted by Wudi and former MTV Base’s Femi Olagbaiye.

The video depicts the theme of this years awards ‘a prize to die for’ as there was a boxing ring where two boxers were fighting to the death for a prize. Banky W and Eldee the Don served as Managers who had placed their money on their individual boxers while MI and Kel encouraged the boxers not to give up.


CLOTHIERS

A number of clothiers will be working with the award’s team this year. Top on the list is Ituen, Mai, Basi and Jewel by Lisa who will be designing what Kemi Adetiba, the co host for this year’s awards will be putting on throughout the night.

For Banky W, everything he’d be wearing will be designed by Clothesense, a clothing line run by Muiyiwa Oshindero. The reporters for Hip on TV will be dressed by Frank Oshodi, Mutay and Mai.


THE NOMINEES’ PARTY.

This year, the organizers have promised every one present at the nominees party ‘food unusual, drinks unusual and party unusual’ as the nominees’ party will this year be hosted by Ajibogun village, a village located around Sango Otta area of Ogun state.

Over the years, the nominees’ party has always been an avenue for artistes, media practitioners and industry entrepreneurs to relate, have a nice time and get into the spirit of the awards. ‘There is no doubt that there will be food unusual, drinks unusual, fun unusual and party unusual’ Abisoye Fagade, the nominees’ party project manager says ‘everyone should come dressed in their native attire and when we say native attire, we don’t mean modern traditional outfit. We are talking about Kembe, Abeti Aja and the rest of them’ Fagade is quick to add.

Scheduled for May 8, 2009, the team is doing all they can to make the village conducive for every one who is attending ‘we are making plans for the whole village to be fumigated, and we are building tents where everyone will seat, communicate and have a nice time’ Animashaun says. ‘Everyone is assured of safety, and there will be no need for anyone to drive that far as plans have been made for vehicles that will convey everyone to the venue’ he concludes.

Already, voting has commenced for the select artistes that have been nominated for this year’s awards, and fans are having a fill day voting their favorite nominees at www.hiphopworldawards.com and through SMS






THE NOMINEES

HHWA1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Best album (solo or group) in year under review that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in every realm: songwriting, production, rendition, promotion and acceptability (sales, popularity)

THE ENTERTAINER
Artiste - D’Banj
Producer(s) - Don Jazzy
Record Label - Mo Hits Records

GONGO ASO
Artiste - 9ice
Producer - ID Cabasa, Puffy T, DJ Zeez
Record Label - Alapomeji Records

PARADIGM SHIFT
Artiste - Mode 9
Producer(s) - Kraftwork, Jonah D Monarch, Wazbeat, Light house, Jesse Jagz
Record Label - Red Eye Music

TALK ABOUT IT
Artiste - M I
Producer(s) – Jesse Jagz, M.I, Kraftwork
Record Label – Chocolate City

UNSTOPPABLE
Artiste – 2Face
Producers – J Sleek, Mic Tunes, Chakademus & Pliers, R Kelly, Sharks, Ozzy, Wayne Mc, Jiggy Jegg, B. Howard
Record Label – Hypertek Records

HHWA2 ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.

D’BANJ
OLADAPO DANIEL OYEBANJO JUNIOR

PSQUARE
PETER AND PAUL OKOYE

TIMAYA
INETIMI ALFRED ODOM

9ICE
ABOLORE AKANDE

HHWA3 SONG OF THE YEAR
Most popular song from an album in year under review. Decided by voting

“FALL IN LOVE”
Album – THE ENTERTAINER
Artiste- D’banj
Producer - Don Jazzy
Record Label - Mo Hits

“INCASE U NEVER KNOW”
Album - MUSIC BUSINESS
Artiste – 2Shot ft. Timaya
Producer – Terry G
Record Label – Umunamu Records

“GONGO ASO”
Album- GONGO ASO
Artiste - 9ice
Producer - ID Cabasa
Record Label - Alapomeji Records

“GOOD OR BAD”
Album - GET SERIOUS
Artiste - J Martins ft. Timaya and P-Square
Producer - J Martins
Record Label - Don Family Records

HHWA4 RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Best single recording (on-air only or released) by artiste or group in year under review. Originality and production very essential

“STREET CREDIBILITY”
Album - GONGO ASO
Artiste - 9ICE FT. 2Face
Producer – Id Cabasa
Record Label - Alapomeji Records

“NOT THE GIRL”
Album – UNDAREYTED
Artiste - Dare Art Alade
Producer - Cobhams
Record Label – Soul Muzik
“MICHELLE”
Album – ETCETERA
Artiste – Etcetera
Producer – Etcetera and Jo’kaynie
Record Label – X3M

“CAN’T DO WITHOUT YOU”
Album – UNSTOPPABLE
Artiste – Tuface Ft. Melissa Briggs
Producer – Mic Tunes
Record Label - Hypertek Music

HHWA5 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.

TEE-Y MIX
Album Title – YOU KNOW MY P
Artiste - Naeto C
Song Title – “KI NI BIG DEAL”

DON JAZZY
Album Title- THE ENTERTAINER
Artiste – D’Banj
Song Title – “FALL IN LOVE”

ID CABASA
Album Title – GONGO ASO
Artiste - 9ice
Song Title – “GONGO ASO”

TERRY G
Album – MUSIC BIZNESS
Artiste - 2 Shotz
Song Title – “IN CASE YOU NEVER KNOW”

JESSE JAGZ
Album – TALK ABOUT IT
Artiste – M.I
Song title – “SHORT BALCK BOY”

HHWA6 BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)
Best conceptualised, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.

ALFONSO DORMUN
Album Title – BIG BOY
Artiste - eLDee
Video Song Title – “BO SI GBAN GBA”

JUDE OKOYE
Album Title - GAME OVER
Artiste - P Square
Video Song Title – “ROLL IT”

DJ TEE
Album Title - CV
Artiste – Mo Hits All Stars
Video song Title – “PERE”

IGHO
Album Title – GET AWAY
Artiste - Igho
Video song Title – “NAIJA BOY”

HHWA7 BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ALBUM
Best reggae or dancehall album in year under review

GIFT AND GRACE
Artiste - Timaya
Producer(s) - K Solo, Akeem D’Beat, Jeggs, Spankie, Terry G,
Record Label – Dem Mama

ME MUSIQ AND I
Artiste – Blackface
Producers – George Nathaniel, Blackface Naija, Terry G, Pro-Kessy, Henry Hope,
Record Label – Loud Houz Entertainment

ICHIBAN
Artiste - Chakka Da’ Souljah
Producer(s) - Del B
Record Label - Premier Music

MY SHINE
Artiste – Black Solo
Producer(s) - Jah Mix, Zeeno Foster, DMM
Record Label - Kiss Music




HHWA8 BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM
Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)

THE ENTERTAINER
Artiste- D’Banj
Producer(s) - Don Jazzy
Record Label- Mo Hits

UNSTOPPABLE
Artiste – 2Face
Producer(s) – J Sleek, Mic Tunes, Chakademus & Pliers, R Kelly, Sharks, Ozzy, Wayne Mc, Jiggy Jegg, B. Howard
Record Label – Hypertek Records

ETCETERA
Artiste – Etcetera
Producer(s) – Etcetera, Jo’ Kenny, Mr Daz, Chris Yakub
Record Label – X3M

GONGO ASO
Artiste- 9ice
Producer(s) - ID Cabasa, Puffy T
Record Label- Alapomeji Records

MR CAPABLE
Artiste - Banky W
Producer(s) - ID Cabasa, Music Men
Record Label - Empire Mates Entertainment

HHWA9 BEST RAP ALBUM
Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review

TALK ABOUT IT
Artiste- M I
Producer(s) - M I, Jesse Jagz, Kraftworks
Record Label- Chocolate City

PARADIGM SHIFT
Artiste - Mode 9
Producer(s) - Kraftwork, Jonah D Monarch, Wazbeat, Light house, Jesse Jagz
Record Label- Red Eye Entertainment

SECOND TURNING BY THE RIGHT
Artiste - Lord Of Ajasa
Producer(s) - ID Cabasa,
Record Label – Oti Po Ju
YOU KNOW MY P
Artiste - Naeto C
Producer(s) - Tee-Y Mix
Record Label - Storm Records

HHWA10 BEST COLLABO
Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review

“STREET CREDIBILITY”
Artistes – 9ice FT 2Face
Producer – ID Cabasa
Record label- Alapomeji Records

“LE FENU SO”
Artistes - Lord Of Ajasa FT 9ice
Producer – ID Cabasa
Record Label- O Ti Po Ju

“GOOD OR BAD
Artistes - J Martins FT Timaya AND P-Square
Producer – J Martins
Record Label- Don Family Records

“E FI MI LE”
Artistes - YQ FT Da Grin
Producer – Dr. Frabz
Record Label- 2 Koncept Entertainment

“BUSH MEAT”
Artistes - Sound Sultan FT 2Face & W4
Producer – J Sleek
Record Label- Naija Ninja

HHWA11 BEST RAP SINGLE
Best single released on-air recording of a rap song

“SAFE”
Artiste(s) – M I ft Djinee
Producer – M.I
Record Label- Chocolate City

“TALKING TO YOU”
Artiste(s) – Mode 9 ft Banky W
Producer – Banky W
Record label- Red Eye Music

“WA WA ALRIGHT”
Artiste(s) – Kel
Producer – Suspect
Record Label- Capital Hills Records

“KINI BIG DEAL”
Artiste(s) – Naeto C
Producer – Tee-Y Mix
Record Label- Storm Records

HHWA12 BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

DARE ART ALADE
Album Title - UNDAREYTED
Record Label – Soul Muzik
Producer - Cobhams
Song Title - “NOT THE GIRL”

BANKY W
Album Title - MR CAPABLE
Record Label - Empire Mates Entertainment
Producer- Muzik Men
Song Title - “DON’T BREAK MY HEART”

ETCETERA
Album Title - ETCETERA
Producer- Etcetera and Jo’Kaynie
Record label – X3M
Song Title- “MICHELLE”

WANDE COAL
Album Title - FROM M TO M
Producer- Don Jazzy
Record Label – Mo Hits
Song Title- “TABOO”

HHWA13 BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

OMAWUMI
Album Title - WONDER WOMAN
Producer - Cobhams
Record Label – Wonder Woman
Song Title - “IN THE MUSIC”

NIKKI LAOYE
Album Title - ANGEL 4 LIFE
Producer - Cobhams
Record Label – Wahala Media Entertainment
Song Title - “NEVER FELT THIS WAY BEFORE”

WAJE
Album Title- BREATHLESS (Unreleased)
Producer - J Martins
Record Label – Dome Records
Song Title- “SOMEWHERE”

HHWA14 NEXT RATED
Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review

YQ
Track Title – “E FI MI LE”
Record Label – 2Koncept Entertainment

MP
Track Title – “PASA PASA”
Record Label – Lime Lite Records

KEL
Track Title – “WA WA ALRIGHT”
Record Label - Capital Hills Records

D’JINEE
Track Title – “LADE”
Record Label – Polar Media
OMAWUMI
Track Title – “IN THE MUSIC”
Record Label – Wonder Woman

HHWA15 HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
Best new artiste in the year under review

M I
Album - TALK ABOUT IT
Full Name – JUDE ABAGA
Record Label – Chocolate City

BANKY W
Album- MR CAPABLE
Full Name – BANKOLE WELLINGTON
Record Label – Empire Mates Entertainment

NAETO C
Album- YOU KNOW MY P
Full Name – NAETOCHUKWU CHIKWE
Record Label – Storm Records

NIKKI LAOYE
Album- ANGEL FOR LIFE
Full Name – NIKKI LAOYE
Record Label – Wahala Media Entertainment

HHWA16 AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR (NON NIGERIAN CATEGORY)
Special award for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding album and astonishing achievements in year under review

BUFFALO
“BUBBLE YOUR BUMZ”

TINNY
“I DEY KOLO”

DOGG
“CAN YOU FEEL IT”

WITNESS
“ZERO”

HHWA17 LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
Rap Artiste with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album

MODE 9
Album Title- PARADIGM SHIFT
Record Label- Red Eye Music
Song Title - NINE

M I
Album Title - TALK ABOUT IT
Record Label - Chocolate City
Song Title – TALK ABOUT IT

LORD OF AJASA
Album Title - SECOND TURNING BY THE RIGHT
Record Label - O Ti Po Ju
Song Title – ESA LO BA DE


DAGRIN
Album Title – CEO (Unreleased)
Record Label - Satty Record and Mi So Fun Yin
Song Title - PON PON PON

HHWA18 BEST STREET HOP
The most popular street-hop single in year under review

“E SA LO BA DE”
Artiste- Lord Of Ajasa

“PON PON PON”
Artiste- Da Grin

“04 KA SI BE”
Artiste- DJ Zeez

“E FI MI LE”
Artiste-YQ

“COLLABO”
Artiste- DeeBee

HHWA19 HIPHOP WORLD HALL OF FAME
Non competitive category

GRAND MASTER LEE
PHILLIP TRIMNELL

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