It was another night of ‘Ye(s)’ for Burna Boy and the other boys at the 2019 edition of Soundcity MVP Awards held recently at Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. Last year saw Burna taking most of the wins at the prestigious event, kick-starting 2019 on a good note for him. The winning streak continued at the fourth edition of the award show that recognised and rewarded talents on the African music scene.
His first win of the night was the Best Male MVP. The category recognises male music artistes on the continent whose works exude musical excellence and creativity. Burna edged out other nominees like Davido, Zlatan, Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, and Sjava from South Africa.
His second award for the night was for the Song of the Year, a very competitive category that had raving hits of the year under review such as ‘Jealous’ by Fireboy DML, ‘Soapy’ by Naira Marley, ‘Zanku (Legwork)’ by Zlatan, ‘Dumebi’ by Rema alongside hits from South Africa and Ghana. The winning song for Burna in this category is his duet with Zlatan ‘Killin Dem’.
Though Burna was absent at the awards, he sent a strong message to his fans when he emerged the winner of the African Artiste of the Year. It’s the second time he is winning in that category. His representative told the crowd that the Grammy nominated singer has only one word for them: Thank You! But he disclosed that Burna’s mum who represented him last year at the event was enthused by the recognition and reward and asked fans to experience more madness in 2020.
The 2019 edition of the music awards show was sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc brands, Star Lager Beer and Star Radler.
The Soundcity MVP Awards was also a big night for Fireboy who took home the award for Listeners Choice. It was a welcome feat for the young dreadlocked artiste who was absent at the show. The category had heavyweight hits such as Burna Boy’s ‘Killin Dem’, Ghanaian DJ Mic Smith’s ‘Jama’, Rema’s ‘Dumebi’ as well as Joeboy’s ‘Baby’. It was the only win for the Olamide signed artiste.
Of the four categories, he was nominated, JoeBoy clinched only one award. He emerged winner in the Best Pop category that had Congolese singer Innoss’B, Tanzanian artistes, Nandy and Rayvanny, Kenyan Otilr Brown as well as Nigerian music stars Naira Marley, Teni and Kizz Daniel. Unlike the other boys, JoeBoy was available to pick up his plaque.
Other male winners of the night include Davido (Digital Artiste of the Year), Naira Marley (Viewer’s Choice), Khaligraph Jones (Best Hip Hop).
The awards show marked the climax of the X100 concerts for 2019. It kicked off the Detty December programme with a four day festival that saw the best of fashion and lifestyle curated events as well as African music talents entertaining music fans at the Eko Atlantic Energy City in Lagos.