Hip-hop star, M.I and best selling songstress, Omawumi Mgbele, have been announced as hosts for the seventh edition of The Headies, Nigeria’s biggest music honours event, holding on 20 October at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
Executive producer of the awards, Ayo Animashaun, said the pair was 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 bigger 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 works, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, upcoming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up,” Animashaun said.
Both M.I and Omawumi are past winners of the The Headies. While Omawumi won the coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize in 2009, an award that came with a brand new KIA Optima, her co-host and Chocolate City multi-talented rapper, M.I, is a multiple winner of the The Headies. He has won a total nine Headies starting from his first surprise win in 2008 when he was still a Jos-based struggling artiste.
Among his Headies collection are “Best Rap Album” and “Revelation of the Year” both won in 2009.
Showbiz Trends learnt that both acts have already been getting together, sharing ideas and fine tuning concepts along with the awards’ producers, in anticipation of a great show this year.