Photos and winners from the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York

2014-Nigeria-Entertainment-Awards-NEA-BellaNaija-September-2014012014-NEA-Hosts-600x400For the 9th year the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) celebrated and honoured members of the Nigeria entertainment industry at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts in New York. The award show was filled with lots of amazing performances – Wande Coal, Praiz, Oritsefemi, the ‘Sekem’ master MC Galaxy. Also on stage were Patoranking who performed his popular song “Girlie O”, Skaleswith his new single “Shake Body”.

Hosts for the night Bovi and Funke Akindele kept the audience entertained with rib-cracking jokes, while Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi worked the audience by interacting and asking audience members questions to keep them engaged and even more involved in the show than in years past. Red carpet coverage was powered by both US and Nigeria/Africa based media houses – Channel O, Sound City, BellaNaija, OkayAfrica, Inside Africa, Bubbles Magazine, Black Enterprise, Luxxe Living and UDRradio just to mention a few.

The hottest single of the year category had a tie with Pull Over – Kcee ft. Wizkid andAye by Davido both emerging winners. Some of the other winners of the night includeOlamide for Album of the Year, DJ Spinall for World DJ, Desmond Elliot for Best Director, and Mavin’s First Lady Tiwa Savage took home R&B Artiste of the Year and Female Artist of the year awards. In her acceptance speech Tiwa Savage encouraged fans and the entire industry to continue to support the NEAs, mentioning that International awards such as BET and MTV started off similar to the NEAs, and have been able to grow thanks to the support received.

2014 NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS WINNERS

MUSIC
Best Album of the Year
Baddest Boy Ever Liveth – Olamide

Hottest Single of the Year
Pull-Over -Kcee ft. Wizkid
Aye – Davido

Best New Act of the Year
Patoranking

Gospel Artist of the Year
Frank Edwards

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Oritshe femi

Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year
Tiwa Savage

Female Artist of the Year
Tiwa Savage

Male Artist of the Year
Davido

Best Rap Act of the Year
Ice Prince

Music Producer of the Year
Del B

Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director)
Rands & Naira (Emmy Gee & Nick)

Best Collaboration
Gallardo – Runtown Ft. Davido

Most Promising Act to Watch
Ayo Jay

Diaspora Artist of the Year
L.A.X

African Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian)
Shatta Wale

FILM
Best Actor in a Lead Role
Tope Tedela (A Mile from Home)

Best Supporting Actor
Yomi Fash-Lanso (Omo Elemosho)

Best Actress in a Lead Role
Funke Akindele in Agnetta (O’Mpa)

Best Supporting Actress
Genevieve Nnaji (Half of a Yellow Sun)

Best Director
Desmond Elliott (Finding Mercy)

Best Picture
Half of a Yellow Sun

OTHER CATEGORIES
Entertainment Personality of the Year
Denrele Edun – Channel O

Entertainment Executive of the Year
E-Money – Five Star Records

Best OAP
Yaw – Wazobia FM

Funniest Comedian of Year
Bovi

World DJ
DJ Spinall – Nigeria

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