Headies 2018 has crowned Davido as the Artist of the year in the year under its review and his emergence was one of the most predicted on the night.
In a period that has seen the likes of Wizkid fully acclaim international recognition, topping charts and holding concerts on the biggest stages, Simi also delivering a solid body of work that was critically and commercially acclaimed alongside notable feats from the likes of Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Runtown, Tekno, Niniola and a lot more.
When the nominees for the Artist of the year was released by the organizers of the awards weeks ago, one name stood out from the lot like a sore thumb and that was Davido.
Davido arriving at Headies 2018 in company of Asa Asika and members of his 30 Billion gang
Without dropping an album in the year under review, the singer released endless hit singles that broke various records, spawned limitless articles, created new catch phrases and conquered charts nationwide.
Davido is a singer who has morphed into a rounded superstar.
Many will claim his rich upbringing set him ahead of others on the scene, but the poor acceptance of his Son of Mercy EP is a reminder that Davido has brought more to the table than just wealth.
2017 saw Davido revert to type, delivering an abundance of memorable collaborations, radio friendly pop-hits, the right amount of controversy to fuel his hype and a social media presence that helped balance his persona.
Davido emerged as the Artist of the Year largely off the back of his first record in 2017, ”If”, even though he also delivered major hit records in Fall and Fia who was also nominated multiple times.
The last time the awards held in 2016, Wizkid went home with the plaque on the back of Ojuelegba and the duo who have enjoyed a rivalry that has become friendly of late are leaving an impression on the music scene that may see them dominant for a while longer.