The Headies Awards has been moved from December to March.
The award honours musicians, performers, producers, writers, and other music industry professionals who did well in the year running.
The Headies took place annually in March — from inception in 2006 — before the organising committee moved the event to the last quarter of the year.
The year in review will now be January to December of each year. The 2017 edition of the awards will be held on March 24, 2018.
“We want our nominees, artistes, entertainment industry practitioners and enthusiasts’ to have an amazing time and we want music fans to have even more fun,” said Ayo Animashaun, the founder of Hip TV.
“This is why we have taken every decision, from the new date, choice of venue, categories, and so on.”
Animashaun also said four new categories will be added in order to reflect the realities of the ever-evolving music and entertainment industry.
The four new categories are Headies viewer’s choice, industry brand supporter, best performer, and best songwriter of the year.
“The viewers’ choice prize will give full power to fans through a voting system that lets them decide absolutely; the brand supporter award will recognise brands who are supporting the industry at a time when opportunities are scarce; the best performer will reward the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed; while the best songwriter finally brings to the forefront the talents who compose the lyrics and melodies for the songs we celebrate.”
With the changes, the Headies will now have 24 categories of awards.
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