On the 5th of January 2019, the third edition of the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival held at the Eko convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. This annual event which awards various musicians and performers in Africa across different categories (fifteen categories on the night) has a category dedicated to appreciate the hardest working new act of the calendar year called the ‘best new artiste’ category, based on the highest number of votes by fans for the nominated artistes via the awards’ website.
The following artistes: Peruzzi, Teniola, Kidi, Sho Madjozi, Odunsi, Kida kudz, Shane Eagle, King Promise, Kwesi Arthur and Mbosso, were nominated for the award, and Teniola won it on the night.
Following the event, on the 6th of January 2016, DMW artiste Peruzzi, took to his twitter account to express his disappointment, insinuating that he deserved the award more than any other new act nominated. He also stated that he made more money than any other new act, which was rather shallow and misplaced as this is no basis for the award category.
After his post, the fans reactions quite unpleasant , with a vast majority letting Peruzzi know that Teniola deserved the award way more than he did, arguing that Peruzzi had no personal hits, just collaborations.
We guess some of these tweets got to him as he responded with the following tweets in his defense. The first one as a comeback for the hit song ‘amaka’ which was a collaboration with the legend 2baba and the second tweet, a clap back at everyone trying to come for him for his own opinion by ‘imposing’ theirs.
Award shows have always brought this sort of energy, as artistes generally want validation for their work, and what better way to feed their egos than these sort of platforms? When you think about it from their perspective, it is understandable.
However, Peruzzi’s actions as with most rants after award shows are totally unnecessary. Though we agree with most fans that Teniola deserved this award more than Peruzzi as she shined throughout the year through her own music (not through collaborations), not winning the award shouldn’t have provoked such a reaction from Peruzzi because it really takes nothing away from him.
Maybe if he dropped his Album earlier in the year, more fans might have made a better case for him. However, he also had an amazing 2018 and should just focus on his music moving forward. As far as he’s doing well and his fans appreciate him, none of these should affect him.
In the grand scheme of things, these awards do not really matter. So fix up Peruzzi, stop loooosing control.