The seventh edition of the musical awards will hold in October

Soulful diva, Omawumi Megbele, and Chocolate City rapper, Jude ?M.I? Abaga, have been announced as hosts for the 7th edition of The Headies. 

The Headies (formerly known as the HipHopWorld Awards) is Nigeria’s premiere honours event for urbane music and hip hop culture.

The Headies annually celebrate deserving Nigerian music stars, giving honour to whom it is due, and encouraging many to step up their game in order to enter the prestigious Headies alumni. 

Executive producer of the awards, Ayo Animashaun, announced on Monday that the pair had been selected in line with the awards? tradition of picking “talented and inspiring entertainers to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent?s biggest entertainers.” 

“It is a very important year for us at The Headies, and for the Nigerian music industry in general and we found in M.I and Omawumi, two great entertainers who are very passionate about the awards, passionate about their work, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, up and coming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up,” Animashaun said.

Omawumi won the coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize, while M.I won the Best Rap Album and Revelation of the Year, both in 2009.

“I won my first Headie when no one knew who I was. It was a big leap for my career and me, and I can say the same for a lot of my colleagues. Several years after, I’m excited to be here, performing in a very important capacity, along with my very good friend Omawumi,” M.I said. 

“You know one of the things over the years that have been traditionally so great about the Headies awards is the fact that they do two things well. They merge the aspirational aspect of entertainment with the inspirational aspect of entertainment.

“You take us to the villages, we meet people where they don?t really have water we?ve done that. At the same time you take people to Brazil. A young person can look and be inspired and also aspire too.” 

Organisers say both acts have already been getting together, sharing ideas and fine-tuning concepts, along with The Headies producers, in anticipation of a great show this year. 

The Headies 2012 will be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

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