How Everyone is Reacting to Rema’s Speech at the Headies
Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Rema is earning a well-deserved round of applause for his impressive multiple wins at the 16th Headies Awards. Not only did he secure several awards, but he also delivered a brilliant acceptance speech that got everyone talking.
During his acceptance speech for the Best Male Artiste of the Year award at the 2023 Headies Awards held in Atlanta, USA, on Monday morning, Rema made a noteworthy statement. He emphasized that “Be it Afrorave, Afro this, Afro that,” he and his colleagues will always unite under the Afrobeats umbrella when it comes to award shows.
In his own words, Rema said, “I must say it is very important that I should let everyone know that I’m not here because of the awards. I’m here because it is important to support our institutions. And when I said institutions, I mean the bodies that support you to be able to achieve these major successes; the media houses, award organisers, you know. We are in a very sensitive period if we don’t give our attention to our institutions, we will miss this chance that we have. And we will never have this chance again. Be it Afrorave, Afro this, Afro that, last last, we go jam for Afrobeats award. So, this is our chance. We are not the first to do it. Reggae has done it before.”The Headies Awards is widely regarded as the most significant music award show in Africa. It celebrates exceptional accomplishments in the Nigerian and African music industry and beyond. The event took place on September 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia, for the second consecutive year. As a significant and historic music event, it always creates remarkable and unforgettable memories, and this year was no exception.
Here are some of the major highlights from the event:
Rema’s Acceptance Speeches for Best Male Artiste, Digital Artist of the Year, and African Artist of the Year
After copping the Best Male Artiste award, Rema delivered a powerful speech, saying he’s here to “support our institutions.” He added: “Be it AfroRave or Afro this, Afro that, las las, we go jam for Afrobeats Awards.”The event featured outstanding performances from Seyi Vibez, Young John, Black Sheriff, Blaqbonez, Odumodublavk, Spyro, Asake and Kcee, who gave an exceptional performance for ‘Ojapiano’. He brought cultural vibes and energy to the stage and it was really colourful, Wande Coal took us back in time while performing some of his old hit records.
Asake and Seyi Vibez have been compared due to their similar music styles, but their unique talents were recognized at an event where Asake was awarded Next Rated Artiste and Seyi Vibez was awarded Best Street-Hop Artiste of the Year. The Next Rated award identifies promising talent to watch out for in the future, while the Street-Hop award acknowledges whose music connects best with the streets.