- The 14th edition of the Headies Award took place on Sunday, February 21, 2021
- Music star, Omah Lay, emerged as the winner of the controversial Next Rated category
- Fans of the Godly crooner have flooded social media with different reactions to his win
After months of anticipation, the 14th edition of the Headies Award finally went down on Sunday, February 21, and it was indeed a night to remember.
Several music stars attended the music show and many could not wait to see the winner of the highly controversial Next Rated Artist category.
Interestingly, the category which had music stars like Bella Shmurda, Tems, Oxlade nominated saw Omah Lay emerge as the winner.
Following the announcement of the award, fans flooded social media with mixed reactions as they celebrated the Godly crooner.
Popular music journalist, Joey Akan, wrote:
“Omah Lay deserves this Next Ratedaward fully. In the past year, he's been the most explosive act. Moving from deep obscurity to superstar status. Bella Shmurda should be placed in the rookie of the year. That's where he would have smashed it all.”
Another Twitter user commended the singer for bringing fellow nominees on stage to receive his award:
"I remember when Rema said to his fellow young stars, “Don’t let the fans cause enmity between us” Omah Lay just did exactly that by bringing Bella and Oxlade to receive his award. Afrobeat’s future is truly in good hands."
"I feel Omah lay deserves the “Next rated” award, man kept us locked on both EP’s His consistency>"
Here’s what @ajuicegeorge had to say:
"On Behalf of Pitakwa, I say congratulations to @Omah_Lay we are proud of you!! You’ve given alot of kids back home hope, they say you made it, so they can too. Thank you for not giving up on your dreams."
One Twitter user also shared a photo showing the moment fellow nominees Bella Shmurda and Oxlade accompanied Omah Lay to receive his plaque.
See the tweet below:
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However, YBNL star, Fireboy DML, received the most plaques at the award ceremony.
Adeyinka Odutuyo is an entertainment/lifestyle journalist at Legit.ng with over three years of working experience in the media industry.
He has a degree in Linguistics and Communication Studies from Osun State University, Osogbo. When he is not writing about celebrities, you will find him blogging about local Nigerian recipes on Instagram (@playfoodbyyinka)