Ayra Starr calls out the Headies for failing to award Best Female Artist on stage


Nigerian music sensation Ayra Starr has reacted after the Headies failed to award the Best Female Artist on stage.

The 2023 Headies Award took place on September 3, 2023, at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta Georgia, USA and it had in attendance stakeholders in the African music industry who gathered to celebrate Nigerian music.

Ayra Starr who beat Tems, Tiwa Savage, and Simi to the Best Female award has taken to her Twitter (X) account to share her sentiments after the award wasn’t presented on stage.

Ayra Starr stated that she wouldn’t be grateful for winning an award that wasn’t deemed fit to be presented on stage after the Headies failed to present the prize at the event which held in attendance.

“I will never be grateful for winning a category that wasn’t even deemed fit to be announced on stage! Best female artist na beans? We work hard, every single one of us! I’ve seen Tiwa record 4 hit songs in the same night, Tems breaths and lives for music, we didn’t deserve such nonchalance! Nigeria, you didn’t raise me to settle for less.”

It’s important to note that not all the winners at the 2023 Headies were announced at the ceremony. The Best Female Artist award was among the 14 awards including the prestigious Record of the Year announced after the ceremony in Atlanta.

Some viewers were quick to label the move not to present the female award on stage as disrespectful to the female end of the industry and Ayra Starr’s tweet echoes this sentiment.