Alhaji Tekno Disqualified From 2016 Headies Next Rated Award

MMMG act, Tekno has been disqualified from the 2016 Headies ‘Next Rated’ award category. It was the only category the 24-year-old singer was nominated in.

According to reliable information obtained by Thenetng, the jury took the decision to withdraw his nomination because he failed to participate in all of the required activities by organisers leading up to the event.

Official e-mails between the organisers and the singer’s reps confirm all nominees for the category were required to take part in promotional activities including photoshoots, interviews and more.

An insider says all other nominees were available for all the activities.

As a result, Ycee, Aramide, Humblesmith and Mr. Eazi will now compete for the prize without the ‘Pana’ hitmaker.

The award ceremony will take place tomorrow, December 22, at Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He missed out on major nominations including ‘Artiste of the Year’, which was the award he was hoping to be nominated for.


Shortly after the nominees were announced, Tekno expressed his dissatisfaction through an Instagram post that was later taken down: ‘Next rated after how many years! Let’s be honest pls’.

The Headies is set to hold tomorrow, December 22nd at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre and would be hosted by the duo of rapper Falz and actress, Adesua Etomi.
Last year, the keenly contested category that comes with a brand new Hyundai automobile was controversially won by Mavin act, Reekado Banks ahead of Lil Kesh, Korede Bello and Kiss Daniel, leading to YBNL leader Olamide complaining live on stage to a global audience.

Next Rated has always attracted controversies, because, pundits say, it has become the most celebrated category, attracting a prize and attention even the Artiste of the Year rarely gets. Many of today’s big names got a prop on their way up from winning the Next Rated category.

But Tekno is the first to be disqualified in this manner.

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