After failing to reveal the winners of 13 categories during the 16th edition of the award show on Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, USA, the Headies Awards organizers came under heavy fire from fans.
When co-host Osas Ighodaro revealed midway through the presentation that the ceremony had ended with roughly 13 categories still to be presented, attendees and watchers around the world were surprised.
Before the event was unexpectedly and somewhat abruptly stopped at 2:30 am Nigerian time, we carefully observed that not a single prize category given to female entertainers was displayed. The Best Female Artiste, Best Recording, Best Songwriter, Best R&B Single, Best Vocal Performance (Female), Headies Viewers’ Choice, and Best East African Artiste of the Year categories were not revealed.
Other categories include Best International Artist of the Year, Best Alternative Album, Best R&B Album, Best Southern African Artist of the Year, Best Central African Artist of the Year, Best North African Artist of the Year, etc. The ceremony’s untimely end has sparked outrage on social media.
Social Media users have suggested that the event’s unexpected conclusion may have been caused by time restrictions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
The event’s unexpected end was not explained by the organizers, but they later gave out the unannounced awards on social media.