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BN Exclusive: Burna Boy Angrily Exited The Headies 2013 for Losing Out to Sean Tizzle in the “Next Rated” Category



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Music star Burna Boy exited The Headies 2013 on Thursday night when rising Afro pop star Sean Tizzle was announced winner of the Next Rated category.

The category has been chosen to honour the most promising musician during the period of nomination. The award comes with a brand new ride.

Sean Tizzle picked the award and got the keys to a Hyundai Tucson SUV.

As soon as Sean Tizzle was announced as the winner, Burna Boy left the venue, telling photographers including BellaNaija’s not to take his photos.

Sean Tizzle

Sean Tizzle

Our photographer captured images of a not-so-happy Burna Boy all dressed in black leaving the venue.

Some industry insiders at the event were overheard saying Burna Boy deserved the award more than his fellow nominees including Sean Tizzle, Dammy Krane, Seyi Shay and Phyno.

They went on to speculate that Burna Boy didn’t win the award because he is a GLO ambassador and the awards show is sponsored by a fellow telecommunications company MTN Nigeria.

Photo Credit: Dare Koleaje


  1. goldfinch

    December 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Honestly, I was rooting for Burna boy to win that category.
    Oluwa Burna take heart, better things await you.

    • carla

      December 30, 2013 at 12:50 am

      Ok per chance d glo vs MTN bs us true phyno nko. Phyno nd burnaboy should be contenders. Sean tizzle has a nice sonv with nice bits. But phyno nd burnaboy have lyrivs nd presentation. Or have corruption found its way to the headies too????!

  2. shade

    December 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    That is childish. Ppl shld tell him the truth. U can’t win
    every time

    • DON D

      December 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      it’s obvious he’s the winner. he has a lot of hit songs and massive collaborations onreplay on radio stations. that’s not childish, he’s being real cos he’s a real G!!!

  3. Bimzy

    December 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Same Burna Boy was suppose to win it, no contest. Headies
    award is always partial.

  4. lola

    December 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Now everyone knows the truth about Burna boy not been
    awarded the next rated.Why can’t Headies leaves sentiment apart and
    give the award to who rily deserves it.

  5. FJD

    December 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I think Sean ‘s Win is not biased cos open your eyes guyz
    Burna Boy with due respect is just over rated. Have you been to
    europe ,yankees and in the Nigeria media abroad , before they play
    Bruna’s song then they’ve aired Sean’s hit song…Infact on BEN TV
    I was pissed off like abeg give us another better song jere… So
    no OJORO for the matter abeg!

    • Nma

      December 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      what are u on about? Burna has many hits and sean tizzle leaves no impression whatsoever. Burna or Phyno shoulda won hands down! I’ve lost respect for this award….i guess cossy was right.

    • itsjustme

      December 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      umm no! we play burna boy out here in the UK and love burna boy… he is a dope artist and certainly deserved the award

    • vicepresident

      December 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      guy im in US and niggas love Burna here so i dont know what the hell you’re talking about! hands down burna deserved that award but no wahala…make sean tizzle carry am go

    • Mama Mia!!!

      December 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Abegi, BET even raped Burna’s track as well. Got tired of listening to his tonight track on BET all the time. No room for comparism Burna deserved this award. But, then again Burna learn to be a happy looser especially when you know your worth. We all know you are super talented!!!

  6. UOO

    December 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    If its really because he’s a Glo ambassador then nigeria is
    hopeless. There really wont be any need trying to fix the

  7. FJD

    December 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    *before the air Bruna’s song , they’ve air Sean’s like 100

    • Rotimi

      December 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Sean Tizzle only has one song that everyone knows. Now think of how many hits Burna Boy has released.

  8. MsK

    December 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    First off, are you sure that’s why he left? I really wanted
    him to win though…. Oh well!!!

    • Hey

      December 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thank you. What if he was waiting to leave/sneak-away. And after his category was announced he did just that.

  9. FJD

    December 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm


  10. pweti

    December 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Yea wud ve preferd burna boy or phyno

  11. Que

    December 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Clearly he had his speech down, choi!!! O dear bunny baby, ur tantrum is less dan appealin jare …#agbayatins…, but I’ll still buy ur album…in my mind though he deserved it ….well I’m caught btw him n Phyno rily… the rest….bleh!

  12. Stephanie

    December 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Am rily not a fan of either Burna Boy or Sean Tizzle. After Burna Boy stripped to his boxers some months back, i lost all form of respect for him. Then Sean…kinda had contact with him and wasn’t so impressed. More like an artist that needs to stop being childish sometimes…but oh well. I don’t know Phyno so well, but i think i would have preferred him winning it

  13. Shorthairdontcare

    December 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Burna Boy deserved to win abeg. That dude is über talented. Don’t worry Burna, you’re above the headies, you’re the peoples choice.

  14. bimpe

    December 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I agree, he should have won. He seemed to have done my stuff than the other nominees. However, he is so immature… even from London. he act like a fool

  15. mz mire

    December 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Sean tizzle can’t even sing !!! Sound sultan wrote sho lee !!Burna darling ! its cool okay , ure my winner !

    • Stephanie

      December 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm


  16. princess

    December 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Awww my baby!!! Don’t worry, we still love you all the same and there are better awards coming your way Baby!! Amennn!! Love you :* :*

  17. just saying

    December 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I dont blame him sha. It can be painful but he should have
    chested it lol In my opinion, he deserved to win His album is a
    good one, a really good one and its hard to say that for some of
    these Nigerian so called “artists” these days. His sound and style
    is unique and fresh with depth too, its always exciting to hear his
    songs and performances. Headies no try at all. Many questionable
    winners Lets see how “rated” they both will be in the next couple
    of years. True talent always shine through, Burna boy they aint
    ready! *Hugs*

    • Wale Joseph

      October 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      4 years on, we now truly know who the best is. King Burna!

  18. ok

    December 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Headies na grammy? Pls aim for something life changing abeg. I don’t see any talent in sean tizzle wit his frying pan head * fine sef e no fine*

    • Observer

      December 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm


    • Observer

      December 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm


  19. Momoh Adeola

    December 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Walahi I was pissed 2 wen I heard so….Burna really really
    deserved it by far….dis category isn’t supposed 2 be a voting
    category sef by all means

  20. Babajide Fakiye

    December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Please when is the result of those that perticipated in TM Lewin’s quiz would be out?

  21. haters anonymous

    December 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Ew, how can they even give sean tizzle and his disgusting one pack?
    We all know burna deserved it but he should grow up and not be such a sore loser, come on, this isn’t high school! You are an entertainer in the industry, this is your JOB so home boy you better be professional and SIT that ass down till the END of le show. Ain’t nobody got time for that kinda behavior child… NEXT!

  22. Msunderstood

    December 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Me I prefer Sean tizzle, just like a lot of people out there. Burn a is talented but really which of his songs compares with sho le on a “commercial level” and thats d truth.
    A regular guy on d street will pick sho le over run my race or like to party or …. It’s about the appeal to the average Nigerian music lover and club goers, that’s not to say Sean is a better artiste than Burna but it is what it is.

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

      I AGREE!

  23. nene

    December 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    he is my next rated! he is very talented and different.

  24. SOLO ACT

    December 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    sean tizzle still dey put towel for his head? lol maybe burna boy is too original for nigerians

  25. Tobenna

    December 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I was rooting for Phyno…and then Burna Boy…Sean Tizzle did not even occur to me like a contender…Seriously??? He looks like a one-song artist…and the whole tempo around him would just die off…Sean tizzle does not even make Headlines…my thoughts though…

  26. Thelma

    December 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Sean t what? Bull crap! It should have been burna boy and if not him then Phyno. Burna if you’re reading this, know that you deserved to win the award and I don’t blame you for walking out. At that point everyone should have known that the whole award show was crap so what else to do than to walk out? Nonsense.

  27. Chigbo

    December 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Makes sense… can’t chop from Glo and then with the same mouth expect to chop from MTN…..lmao.

    Take it like a man Burna Boy.

  28. Iris

    December 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I really don’t care who won or lost, but the thing about him possibly not getting it because he’s a Glo ambassador and it’s an MTN event caught my eye. I hope that’s not true, because if even private companies can do this kind of nonsense then this country is screwed (and it doesn’t matter if this kind of thing happens in other countries too. I’m not comparing countries here)

  29. M.h

    December 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Sean tizzle with his two rubbish songs! No beef but the guy is crap! Headies can be biased! That’s why p square always boycott the award! Check and balance am burna deserves to win it leave telecom sentiment

  30. Lilo

    December 29, 2013 at 2:01 am

    4 dose comparing hit songs of both sean and burna,abeg u fit compare touch ur toe wif sho lee or wetin u dey holla sef,abeg next rated isnt jux for dancehall,its 4 depth which burna’s got…no beef 4 sean though at least his boogie down,mama eh nd recently kilogbe r on ma replay list buh u cant still compare dis wif buqna’s run ma race,yawa dey nd most recently wif d’banj “won da mo”…..wo burna abeg leave dem jhor won da mo

  31. Lilo

    December 29, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Burna “won da mo”…”SURULERE” jhor

  32. olori Tari

    December 29, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Awwww Oluwaburna !

  33. Chiamaka Daisy

    December 29, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Burna Boy was obviously a better musician than Sean Tizzle this year. And yh, if you check well you’ll notice that it was basically MTN Ambassadors that were being celebrated (except for those awards that couldn’t go either way) so its really not cos Sean Tizzle was better. I feel for Burna Boy but then…Nigeria is corrupt and so is almost everything/person in it.

  34. kelvin

    December 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Very nice one, sean tizzle try harder

  35. pepaz

    December 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

    burna is ma boy and originality is gonna take him places he deserved it no dought

  36. chy

    December 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Burna boy u are original, the award is not. Take heart

  37. Ade Adeniyi

    December 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Why don’t you guys read? The Headies say that this is 100% voting category. How many of you voted for Burna Boy?

    • Anonny

      December 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you O.AM a fan of none of them,But How many people voted?Crying over spilt milk

  38. Ade Adeniyi

    December 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I attended the awards. I bought the VIP ticket and saw Aitel there this year. I don’t think MTN played a major role this year.

  39. Eoi

    December 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Burma for lifeeee

  40. Lilsmyke

    December 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Last year nxt rated nomines,Olamide,Wizkid,Ty savage,Ice prince,…,olamide was favorite,bt e kw win,bt dis year,he won 3 n half headies award,so burna oluwa boy,kip doing good music,grammy waitin u

  41. Lizzie

    December 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    The ‘painment’ would have been too much, after all his better songs and nominations, not even one award was presented to him. Btw, that was the last category, what would he have been waiting for?

  42. Nma

    December 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Sean tizzle ke? That mousy looking mediocre guy??? Burna boy definitely definitely deserved that award! Na wa oo….Nigerians and their sentiments and childish politics!

  43. yetty

    December 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    U guys are just making mouth here,hw many of u voted for burna boy?I knw couple of friends that voted for sean tizzle also is not only Sho le that rocks others too.Tell ur burna boy τ̅☺ try more next time and he shld stop behaving childish,this is life disappointment is meant τ̅☺ happen.

  44. troublemaker

    December 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

    sean tizzle won? smh

  45. DAMMY

    December 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

    But seriously OluwaBurna deserves d award

  46. nillzbaba

    December 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Sean tizzle had one of d most popular song this year If not d most popular, but everyone knows burna boy is more talented. Sean had one mega hit, burna had numerous. sho Lee is dying gradually bt like to party is green for ever

    • Bar Baric

      December 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      We all know that “Sho Lee” was an excessively promoted song. “Like To Party” is the only party song with meaningful lyrics in a couple of years. It’s a very sad situation.

  47. Bar Baric

    December 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Honestly, this award had Burna Boy’s name written all over it. He would have felt better if a more competent contestant like Phyno had won. Sean Tizzle was not the guy at all.

    Burna Boy came, saw, and dropped an album even artistes like Nicki Minaj and Tiwa Savage were unable to pull that off. It’s sad what the Hip Hop Awards have turned to. They did a similar thing to BEZ last year, and even went further to insult music by awarding Davido’s album best R&B/Pop over Banky W’s “R&BW”. Very sinful!

  48. Mama Mia!!!

    December 31, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    But that don’t make no sense, isn’t Waje under Glo as well? I saw an interview of the Tizzle guy on hip TV and was disappointed in my self for asking you guys to stop with the insult over his big head. He is so unbelievably childish and and annoying!!! yeesh!!!

  49. Retta

    January 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm



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