Finally after months of preparation and publicity blitz, the 7th Annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards held on Sunday, Sept. 2 in New York City and winners of the 2012 NEA were officially announced and presented with their plaques.
The event, which took place at the posh NYU Skyball Performing Arts Center, witnessed a large turn out of fans & guests that came out to support and show love to their favorite entertainers while at the same time anticipating a wonderful evening filled with top notch performances and rib cracking interludes.
Hosts: Funke Akindele-Almaroof And AY
Winner: Wiz Kid On Stage With Skales And US Based Singer, Rotimi, Receiving One Of His Awards Of The Night
Don Jazzy Accepting His Reward For Best Producer
Actress Of The Year: Funke Akindele With Her Award
The hosts Funke Akindele and comedian Ayo Makun popularly known as AY, lived upto billing as they kept the show moving smoothly while performances by Waje, Ice Prince, Vector and eLDee just to mention a few, kept the audience on their feet as they danced, cheered and sang along. Some of the awards announced during the show include Best Entertainment Personality – Uti Nwachukwu, Best Rap Act of the Year – Vector, Best Actress Film – Funke Akindele.
Major winners on the night were Wizkid and Davido who both carted home two awards; Best Album of the Year and Best POP/R&B Artist of the Year for Wizkid, and Hottest Single of the Year and Best New Act for Davido. eLDee, Gbenga Akinnagbe from the movie Lottery Ticket, Susan Peters, and Chigurl presented awards. Other entertainment personalities present in New York for the awards were Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Davido’s crew -HKN, Uche Jumbo, Julius Agwu, Seyi Law, Funny Bone, Annie Idibia, OAP Freeze of CoolFM, and a host of others.
The EME crew – Banky W, Wizkid and Skales – who were all in attendance, brought the show to a climax, withactor and singer Rotimi also joining them on stage to perform songs from their latest album. After the EME performance, and in living with the tradition of the NEA Awards, all actors, artists, industry executives etc. were brought on stage and given a standing ovation by the audience before dancing out to officially draw the curtains on this year’s edition of the NEA.