At the awards which went down on Saturday, January 5, 2018, Burna Boy expectedly made a big impression winning awards in major categories: ‘Listeners Choice’, Song of the Year, Best Male MVP and African Artist of the year off the back of his smashing single, ‘Ye.’

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Despite starting hours behind its scheduled time, the awards pulled off a befitting spectacle as before a gathering of music lovers and the constellation of stars.

Niniola at the SMVA 2018 [Pulse]

The event which was held at the Convention centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, began with a red carpet which preceded the main awards and as custom with the event, the organizers ran a live feed via its cable and online channels for viewers from home to be a part of the event.

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After a fairly lengthy delay, the award finally commenced with a line up of flowing opening performance from a number of artists. From hypeman, Do2dtun who brought his unique energy on stage to performances from Idowest, Slimcase, Mz Kizz, Oladips, Chinko Ekunwhose backup dancers dressed in flowing white Agbada [Traditional wear] caused a stir as they dance to ‘Able God’ to Naira Marley performing ‘Issa Goal’Kida Kudz, Skibbi, Mystro and ‘Wetin We Gain’ singer, Victor AD, kicking off an incredible night.

Soon after the first set of performances, the hosts comprising of SoundCity’s VJ Adams and Moet Abebe took to stage as they officially welcomed the guests and opened proceedings on the night.

SoundCity MVP Awards Festival 2018

Then there were the first set of awards with Wande Coal the very first winner on the night bagging the award for the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ for ‘So Mi So.’

Burna Boy picked up his first award on the night for ‘Listener’s Choice’, Actress Shola Fapsonwas on stage to present the award for ‘Best Group/Duo’ to Navy Kenzo from Tanzania, ‘Best New Artist’ went to Teni which generated a loud affirmation from the crowd.

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This was followed by the next set of performers with Patoranking, who took to stage alongside his live band performing a number of his songs like ‘Suh Different’, ‘Alubarika’ and ‘Available’ in the night’s most invigorating performance.

The next set of awards featured ‘Best Collaboration’ which went to Starboy for ‘Soco’Digital Artist of the year won by Mr Eazi who received his award via a video recording.

Other winners on the night include Patoranking for ‘Video of the year’Busiswa for ‘Best Female MVP’, Best Male MVP to Burna Boy, Producer of the year won by Phantom for ‘Ye’, DJ Neptune won the ‘African DJ of the year’, AKA with ‘Best Hip-Hop’ and Burna Boy with the final major awards for ‘Song of the year’ and ‘African Artist of the year.’

Other performances on the night include Busiswa who gave a truly electric performance and was joined on stage by Niniola as they performed Magun remixTeni who had everyone singing to ‘Case’, then the rappers, ill Bliss, Phyno and AKA before Jidenna rounded things up on the night.