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Headies Awards: Walking The Historical Corridor

Published by on December 15th, 2019.


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Headies Awards: Walking The Historical Corridor

Today, Headies Awards, the Nigeria annual presentation of a statuette for notable achievement in the recording industry, has become the country’s Music Industry Grammy Awards, being  the greatest, most acknowledged and accepted Music Award event.

 

Just like Grammy, which is any of the statuettes awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the music industry, Headies is greatest Award-honour any Nigerian Entertainment, especially Music look up to to bag at the end of the year.

 

Today, Honeyloaded.com takes a sacrosanct look at how Headies – launched in March 10, 2006 – has coggled its way to the top to become a great force to be reckon with.

 

The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists, and it is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria.

 

THE NAME

The Headies, originally known as the ‘Hip Hop World Awards’ is established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria. The motive was to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry year over. It lauds feats; performances, records, personalities and to achieve this the annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists.

 

Every moment of the Awards event is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria.

 

The 1st and 2nd editions of The Headies were held at the Muson Center in Onikan, Lagos State. After this, Headies has changed its annual location to Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island since then.

 

The PLAQUE AWARD

The image of Headies defined as “image and the shout of a young, vibrant individual whose talent can challenge that of renowned local and international artistes combined, but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of discouraging circumstances presented by the peculiar Nigerian environment” was a creation of the founder of the awards, Ayo Animashaun but drawn by Matthias Aragbada.

 

Jide Adewoye did the first Headie plaque.

 

In 2008, the plaque went through refurbishment in the United Kingdom. It was plated with 21 carat gold. The new plaque is a mixture of resin , copper, steel, marble and gold.

 

 

AWARDS, CATEGORIES AND RUDIMENTS

Till 2018, The Headies is composed of over 25 categories, which winners are decided by open voting.

 

However, the Best Recording of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Vocal Performance (Female), Lyricist on the Roll, and Best Performer categories are not open to public voting.

 

There are voting and non-voting categories. These include Hip Hop World Revelation, Best Recording Of The Year, Best Collabo, Best African Artiste, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Lyricist On The Roll, Producer Of The Year, Best Rap Single, Next Rated Artist, Best Vocal Performance (Female), Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Music Video, Best ‘Alternative’ Song, Best Street-Hop Artiste, Best R&B/Pop Album, Artiste Of The Year, Best R&B Single, Best Pop Single, Best Reggae/Dancehall Single, Best Rap Album and Hall of Fame.

 

  1. BEST RECORDING OF THE Year : non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in year under review.
  2. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

 

  1. BEST MUSIC VIDEO: voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.
  2. BEST R&B/POP ALBUM: category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
  3. BEST R&B SINGLE: category for the best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group).

6.BEST POP SINGLE: category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)

  1. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE: category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in year under review (by single individual or group).
  2. BEST RAP ALBUM: Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
  3. BEST COLLABO: voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
  4. BEST RAP SINGLE: voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
  5. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE): non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
  6. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (Female): non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
  7. NEXT RATED: This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased (or signed) act in the year under review.
  8. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION: voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
  9. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL: non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
  10. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE: voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
  11. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG: voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
  12. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (in every realm: Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).
  13. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
  14. SONG OF THE YEAR: Voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. This category is usually decided by voting.
  15. BEST AFRICAN ARTISTE: non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding single/album and astonishing achievements and infiltration into Nigeria in year under review.
  16. HALL OF FAME: Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact on the entertainment industry
  17. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.
  18. SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: non-voting Category giving to distinct individuals

 

 

EVENTS, DRAMAS AND CONTROVERSIES

Headies Awards organisers have not been without headache in the whole thing. There have been series of dramas that seem to follow each year edition of the Awards. There had been lapses of funds, organisations, plans which have resulted in postponement. In 2017, the show almost got canceled. In fact, last minute shows and postponements of The Headies are not new. In 2007, the second edition of the awards was held on March 17, the first quarter of the year. But over time the event has slowly slid through the year, moving from the first quarter to the second, and through the third. The 2009 and 2010 shows were held in the month of May, 2011 and 2012 were in October, 2013 and 2014 came in December, while 2015, was moved out of the calendar year for the first time in its history, and into the first day of 2016.

 

 

This writeup will shortly narrate them in descending order, right from 2006.

 

2006: D’banj performed with a towel. In 2005, Nigerian legend, D’Banj was the toast of Nigerian music. He had just released his Album, No Long Thing which It was a darling of the Nigerian mainstream. Thus, he was booked to perform at the Hip-Hop World Awards (now Headies).

 

What came next remains one of the most iconic moments in the history of Nigerian awards. He came onto the stage with only a towel – the crowd (especially women) went mad. Bovi tried to recreate that moment at the 2016 Headies, but the joke eluded a lot of viewers.

 

In 2008, MI Abaga won his first Headies in Best Rap Single Category. While he was giving his acceptance speech, veteran Nigerian artist, Muma Gee grabbed the mic from MI and said whatever it is that she wanted to say.

 

Also, Nigeria singer, Wande Coal won Next Rated Award at the Hip-Hop World Awards (Now Headies).

 

In 2010, Wande Coal won the record number of wins – in one night – till date. Wande Coal wins five awards. By 2010, he got seven nominations and won five awards – including artist of the year – at the Headies.

 

Also, Nigerian rap legend, Terry Tha Rapman won best rap single. It was seen as an upset by many who felt other nominees deserved it. Other nominees in the category were, ‘ Ako Mi Ti Poju ‘ by Naeto C, ‘ Somebody Wants To Die’ by M.I, ‘Owo Ati Swagger’ by Cartier, and ‘Finest ‘ by Knighthouse.

Another source of rancour was that ‘Pon Pon’ by Late Rap Legend, Dagrin didn’t even get nominated.

 

In 2011, eLDee smoked cigar while hosting. The Don had just released his fourth studio album, Is It Your Money. He was then contracted to host the 2011 Headies alongside Nigerian actress, Rita Dominic. As he carried out his duty as host, he smoked a cigar for fun. While the world is now woke and social media would have hailed him if it happened in 2019, it was slightly risque in 2011.

 

Also, Nigerian rap legend, Modenine has won a record seven Lyricist on the Roll awards at The Headies. Until Vector broke the mould with his win for, ‘ Angeli ‘ in 2012, the rapper also won five of those in a row, as he was about to celebrate one of those wins, Julius Agwu started jumping around himand almost took the shine off Modenine and his win.

 

 

2013: In 2012, Nigerian singer, Sean Tizzle became the toast of music lovers with his hit single, ‘ Sho Le .’ In 2013, he was named the Next Rated Artist at the Headies ahead of Burna Boy, Seyi Shay, Phyno and Dammy Krane. When he was announced, he ran unto the stage like a man possessed and prostrated on stage. He then ran around the stage like a man in a haze before collecting the microphone to give the most awkward speech ever.

 

Burna Boy reportedly exited the Oriental Hotel after Sean Tizzle was announced as the winner of the Next Rated category. He allegedly told photographers not to take photos of him.

 

 

Also, Burna Boy falls off stage while performing with Dammy Krane. Burna Boy fell down whilst performing his hit track ‘Like To Party .’ Dammy Krane was also on stage at the time.

 

In 2015: Don Jazzy vs Olamide. drama6 unfolded and peaked right before our eyes. YBNL CEO, Olamide was arguably Nigeria’s hottest artist at the time. MAVIN Founder, Don Jazzy was a legend who got Special Recognition on the night. It was December 2015 and we had some of most keenly contested categories in a while. The biggest drama began with one of the biggest upsets in Headies history – we still talk about it today. MAVIN Records’ then signee, Reekado Banks won the Next Rated category over Lil Kesh who was signed to Olamide’s YBNL at the time. By far, Lil Kesh easily had the better year. When Reekado won, a large portion of his (Olamide’s) time was spent hugging Lil Kesh and giving him shout-outs.

 

Reekado appeared as shocked as the audience. When then YBNL act Adekunle Gold won Best Alternative Song for ‘Sade,’ the YBNL contingent flooded the stage with native attires and hands filled with red cups.

After Adekunle Gold was done with his speech, he handed the microphone to Olamide who seized the moment to air his grievances on the Next Rated Award which was presented just moments earlier. He ranted on behalf of Lil Kesh.

With an initial jovial demeanour, he said, “Let’s be honest, this award belongs to Lil Kesh, because Lil Kesh is our own Next Rated artist. F**k that shit!…. The streets ti take over. Every f**king single was a hit back to back. From ‘Lyrically’ to ‘Shoki’ to ‘Efejoku.’ Ko ni dafun iyalaya anybody.”

He then dropped the microphone and walked off the stage throwing middle fingers like gang signs.

 

When Don Jazzy accepted his Special Recognition Award, he said that he only came to the Headies to support his children (artists). He also said that he could buy them cars if they wanted to.

In the end, he said that, ” Ẹ̀gbọ́n Olamide, if you want the car, come and collect it. Thank you ” and walked off. The night ended with Don Jazzy being told not to come to Mainland, Lagos. It had to be settled by Billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

 

In 2016, “Tekno was nominated for the Next Rated award, but ended up being disqualified due to his refusal to honour the category and support the campaign.

 

Also, Wizkid was walking into the venue for the Headies when Eva Alordiah’s fiance, Caesar tried to hug him. He was snubbed in favour of Alordiah who sat beside him. Wizkid later denied it, but the drama had become meal for social media.

 

HEADIES WINNERS THROUGHOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY EVOLUTION

In 2006, the edition of the Awards, which was the first, was held on 10 March 2006, at the Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos (as said). It was hosted by Darey Art Alade and tagged: “The Revolution is Here”.

 

Owners of the defunt Square Records, Peter and Paul Okoye with their elder brother (Jude Okoye) were the stars of the night as they took home five awards.

 

Grand Master DJ Jimmy Jatt, Keke Ogungbe and Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye were joint winners of the Hall of Fame award.

 

Asa won the Next Rated award category.

 

On March 17, 2007, the second edition of the Awards was held at the Muson Center, which was for the second consecutive year. It’s was hosted by D’banj and Tana.

 

Paul Play was the both the most nominated and awarded artist; he was nominated for six awards and ended up going home with four. Ben Bruce bagged Hall of Fame award, against Eddy Lawani.

 

In Video Category: Best Music Video category, there were “Olori Oko” by Infinity, “Kade” by Muma Gee, “Cry” by  Mode 9, “Temptation” by P-Square, Escalade” by Darey Art Alade and “Soul E Baba” by Soul E.  P-Square’s “Temptation” won.

 

And Best Special effects, there were”Why Me” by D’banj, “No Be God” by Gino, “Soul E Baba” by Soul E and “Cry” by Mode 9. D’banj won.

 

Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, there were Let It Go by Spy Da Man, Little Patience by Majek Fashek, Versatile by Baba Dee, Conscious News by Righteousman, Reflex by Azadus and Ghetto Philosophy by Streetmonks. Baba Dee won

 

Best Pop Album had After the Storm by Weird MC, Run Down by D’banj, Naija is Blessed by  Soul E, Free Soldier by Tony Tetuila, Mr Funky by Jazzman Olofin and Right and Wrong by Mr Raw. Weird MC won.

 

On Best R&B Album Hitsville by Paul Play, From Me to You by Darey Art Alade, No Drama by OJB Jezreel, Overture by  Obiwon and Expressions by Styl Plus. Paul Play won.

 

Why Me” by  D’banj won Song of the Year. Other nominatees were “Angel of My Life” by Paul Play, “Obodo” by Mr Raw (feat Klint Da Drunk), “Imagine That” by Styl Plus, “Baby Konga” by Lawal Olumo, “For Instance” by 2Face Idibia, “Olori Oko” by Infinity and “Shake Something” by Jazzman Olofin.

 

Outstanding African act had Bollie, VIP and Prae. VIP won.

 

Best Rap Album had Free at Last by FreeStyle , BOUQUI by Bouqui and Son of the Soil by Ikechukwu Onunaku. FreeStyle was Winner.

 

Best Hip Hop Collabo had “Make Dem Talk” by 2Shotz and 9ice, “Obodo” by Mr Raw (feat Klint Da Drunk), “Eko Ile” – Jazzman Olofin (feat Storm Records All Stars), “Street Life” – Question Mark All Stars, “Bragging Rights” – Freestyle (featuring Blaise), “Rock the Party” –Tony Tetuila (featuring Sasha P ) and “Sip Easy” – Freestyle (feat

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2Face Idibia). Jazzman Olofin won.

 

Best Rap Single had “Cry” by Mode 9, “Ruggedy Baba” by Ruggedman and “Tha Defination” – Blaise. “Cry” won.

 

Album Of The Year was won by Hitsville Paul Play. Other nominatees are Free at Last by FreeStyle and After Da Storm by Weird MC.

 

Paul Play also won Artist of Year. D’banj, Mode 9, P-Square and Weird MC were nominated too.

 

“Cry” by Mode 9, “Onyinye” by Obiwon, “Forever” by Paul Play, “Searching” – OJB Jezreel, “Streetlife” by Question Mark All Stars and “Chinwe Ike” by   Resonannce were nominated for Recording of the Year. Paul Play won.

 

Next Rated Artist was Overdose. Naeto C, Lawal Olumo, Kage, C-Mion, Gino and Blaise were in the Category.

 

Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Best Vocal had Soul E (Winner), FreeStyle, Mr Raw, Ikechukwu Onunaku Obiwon, Darey Art Alade and Bouqui.

 

Best Vocal Performance (Male) had “Forever” and “Angel of My Life” by Paul Play, “Onyinye” by Obiwon won, “Lala” by Silver, “Searching” by OJB Jezreel and “Soul E Baba” by Soul E.

 

Cobhams Asuquo’s “Cry”, “Street” ‘s Darey Art Alade (Winner), Paul Play’ s “Hitville”,”Let Them Say”, OJB Jezreel’s “No Drama”,”For Instance” and Don Jazzy’s “Why Me”, “Tongolo” were nominated by Producer of the Year.

 

2007

Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson has hosted the Awards twice, the first was 2008 alongside Comedian Basketmouth. It was held on March 15, 2008, at Planet One in Maryland, but the nominees’ party was held at Babylon – a private beach resort.  The theme was  “Change has to Change”.

 

2Baba (then 2Face Idibia) had most nominations but Nigerian-French singer Aṣa was the most awarded: won 3 awards: Album of the Year, Recording Artiste of the Year and Best Vocal Performance (Female). The two latter were won by the single “Bibanke”.

 

It should be remembered that the plaque was plated with 21 carat Gold this year.

 

Performances were done by Naeto C , Rooftop MCs, Cobhams Asuquo, Kween, Jo’zi, and the duo of the defunt P-Square.

 

 

 

*RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“Bimbamke” by Aṣa (Winner)

“Stylee” by DJ Jimmy Jatt

“Greenland” by TY Bello

“True Love” by 2Face Idibia

“Need Someone” by Faze

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“Stylee”by  DJ Tee (Winner)

“Do Me” by  Jude Okoye

“Greenland” by TY Bello & Abbey

“Fire on the Mountain” by COSA

“Sasha” by Clarence Peters

 

* SONG OF THE YEAR

“Do Me” – P-Square

“See Me So” –

2Face Idibia

“Kolomental” – Faze

” Yahooze” – Olu Maintain (Winner)

“Styllee”‘ – DJ Jimmy Jatt

(featuring 2face , Elajoe & Mode 9 )

 

* ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

D’banj

2face Idibia

P-Square

Olu Maintain

D’banj won

 

* ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Game Over by P-Square

Grass 2 Grace by  2 Face Idibia

E Pluribus Unum by  Mode 9

Asa by  Asa

Independent by Faze

Aṣa won

 

* SONG OF THE YEAR

“Do Me” by P-Square

“See Me So” by 2Baba (then 2Face Idibia)

“Kolomental” by Faze

” Yahooze” by Olu Maintain (Winner)

“Styllee”‘ by  DJ Jimmy Jatt (featuring 2face , Elajoe & Mode 9)

 

* PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Cobhams Asuquo for “Bibanke”

(Winner)

Mosa for “Greenland”

Puffy Tee for  “Yahoozee”

OJB Jezreel for See me So

ID Cabasa for  “Ruggedy Baba”

 

* BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“Stylee” by  DJ Tee

(Winner)

“Do Me” by Jude Okoye

“Greenland” by TY Bello & Abbey

“Fire on the Mountain” by COSA

“Sasha” by  Clarence Peters

 

* BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

Grass to Grace – 2Face Idibia

(Winner)

Independent – Faze

Call my Name –

Niyola

Press on Part 2 – Indispensables

Game Over – P-Square

 

* BEST RAP SINGLE

“Crowd Mentality” –

M.I (Winner)

“Mo” – Rooftop MC

“Stylee” – DJ Jimmy Jatt , Mode 9 , 2Face Idibia & Elajoe

“U know my P” –

Naeto C

 

* BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

2Face Idibia – “Stylee”

Wande Coal – “Ololufe”

Faze – “Someone like You”

9ice – “Ruggedy Baba” (Winner)

 

* NEXT RATED

GT The Guitarman – “Dreamer”

Wande Coal – “Ololufe” (Winner)

Banky W – “Ebutte Metta”

M.I – “Crowd Mentality”

Cyrus da Virus – “Very Gbofty”

 

* BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ALBUM

Uchie – African Rockstar

True Story – Timaya (Winner)

Fever – African China

 

* LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Terry tha Rapman – “Only 4 Naija”

Mode 9 – “Contradiction”

(Winner)

M.I – “Crowd Mentalist”

Ruggedman – “Ruggedy Baba”

 

* BEST RAP ALBUM

The Definition – DJ Jimmy Jatt

E Pluribus Unum –

Mode 9

Ruggedy Baba – Ruggedman (Winner)

Tha Rapman Begins – Terry Tha Rapman

First Lady – Sasha P

 

* BEST COLLABORATION

“Stylee” – Jimmy Jatt, Mode 9, 2Face Idibia & Elajoe (Winner)

“Ruggedy Baba” – Ruggedman

“Lorile” – X-Project

“Yahoozey” – Olu Maintain

“Booty Call” – Mo Hits All Stars

 

* HIP HOP REVEALATION OF THE YEAR

9ice (Winner)

Aṣa

TY Bello

Olu Maintain

Sasha P

 

* HALL OF FAME AWARD

Obi Asika

Olisa Adibua

 

 

* AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Batman Samini – “Lambori” (Winner)

FreshlyGround – “Pot Belly”

Nameless – “Sinzia”

HHP – “Music & Lights”

Jozi – “What’s with the Attitude”

 

 

YEAR 2009

Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba hosted this. It took place on May 16, 2009, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. This was the first time the awards were held outside of Lagos and nominees’ party was hosted at Ajíbógun, a village in Ogun State.

 

Abọlọrẹ Akande (9ice) won a total of three awards from six nominations, which made him the most nominated and awarded artist of the year.

 

His producer, ID Cabasa won Producer Of The Year. Other nominees were: Tee-Y Mix for “Ki Ni Big Deal”, Don Jazzy for ” Fall in Love”, ID Cabasa for “Gongo Aso”, (Winner), Terry G for “In Case You Never Know” and Jesse Jagz for “Short Black Boy”.

 

BEST COLLABORATION

“Street Credibility” – 9ice (featuring 2 Face Idibia )

“Le Fenu So” – Lord Of Ajasa (featuring 9ice)

“Good or Bad” – J. Martins (featuring Timaya and P-Square ) (Winner)

“E Fi Mi Sile” – YQ (featuring Da Grin )

“Bush Meat” – Sound Sultan (featuring 2 Face Idibia and W4)

 

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

The Entertainer – D’banj

The Unstoppable – 2 Face Idibia

Etcetera – Etcetera

Street Credibility – 9ice (Winner)

Mr Capable – Banky W.

 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

“Bo Si Gban Gba” – Alfonso Dormun

“Roll It” – Jude Okoye (Winner)

“Pere” – DJ Tee

“Naija Boy” – Igho

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Talk About It – M.I (Winner)

Paradigm Shift – Mode 9

Second Turning by the Right – Lord of Ajasa

U Know My “P” – Naeto C

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

“Safe” – M.I

(featuring Djinee)

“Talking to You” –

Mode 9 (featuring

Banky W. )

“Wa Wa Alright” – Kel

“Kini Big Deal” – Naeto C (Winner)

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Fall in Love” –D’banj

“Incase U Never Know” – 2Shot (featuring Timaya )

“Gongo Aso” – 9ice (Winner)

“Good or Bad” – J. Martins (featuring Timaya and P-Square )

 

 

NEXT RATED

YQ – “E Fi Mi Sile”

MP – “Pasa Pasa”

Kel – “Wa Wa Alright”

Djinee – “Lade”

Omawumi – “In the Music” (Winner)

 

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

Lord of Ajasa – “Esa Lo Ba De”

Da Grin – “Pon Pon Pon”

Dj Zeez – “4 Ka Si Se” (Winner)

YQ – “E Fi Mi Le”

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

Darey – “Not the Girl”

Banky W. – “Don’t Break My Heart” (Winner)

Etcetera – “Michelle”

Wande Coal – “Taboo”

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Omawumi – “In the Music” (Winner)

Nikki Laoye – “Never Felt This Way”

Waje – “Somewhere”

 

BEST REGGAE AND DANCEHALL ALBUM

Gift and Grace – Timaya (Winner)

Me Musiq and I – Blackface

Ichiban – Chakka Da’ Souljah

My Shine – Black Solo

 

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Mode 9 – “Nine” (Winner)

M.I – “Talk About It”

Lord of Ajasa – “Esa Lo Ba De”

Da Grin – “Pon Pon Pon”

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

M.I (Winner)

Banky W.

Naeto C

Nikki LaoyeHip Hop World Revelation of the Year

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

D’banj

P-Square

Timaya

9ice (Winner)

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“Street Credibility” – 9ice (featuring 2 Face Idibia)

“Not the Girl” – Darey Art Alade

“For Mitchell” – Etecetra (Winner)

“Can’t Do Without You” – 2 Face Idibia (featuring Melissa Briggs)

 

 

YEAR 2010

This was conducted without a host. It took place on May 16, 2009, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island.

 

The then-Mohit Records artiste Wande Coal was the biggest winner of the night with five Awards. His producer, Don Jazzy won the Producer of the Year award.

 

Late Da Grin ‘s album, C.E.O won for Best Rap Album posthumously. General Pype also honored him during his performance. Other performers were Goldie Harvey, Obiwon, Ark Quake, alias “Alanta” D’Prince and Wande Coal.

 

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

C.E.O – Da Grin

Mushin 2 Mo’Hits – Wande Coal (Winner)

Un-darey-ted – Darey

Danger – P-Square

Least Expected – Bracket

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Wande Coal (Winner)

Terry G

Darey

Bracket

Da Grin

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Yori Yori” – Bracket (Winner)

“Kokoroko” – Kefee (featuring Timaya )

“You Bad” – Wande Coal (featuring D’banj)

“Free Madness Pt.2” – Terry G

“Alanta” – Art Quake

 

RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“Strong Ting” – Banky W.

“I Love You” – P-Square

“Heaven Please” – Timi Dakolo (Winner)

“Keeper of My Dreams” – Lara George

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Tee-Y Mix

Cobhams Asuquo

Don Jazzy (Winner)

Sossick

Dokta Frabz

 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR

Jude Okoye – “Danger”

Wudi Awa – “Kokoroko”

Clarence Peters – “Finest” (Winner)

Bobby Boulders – “Ako Mi Ti Poju”

MEX – “Safe”

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

“Strong Ting” – Banky W. (Winner)

“Never Felt A Love” – Capital Femi

“I Love You” – P-Square

“No Stars” – Darey

“Overkillin” – Djinee

 

BEST POP SINGLE

“Yori Yori” – Bracket

“You Bad” – Wande Coal (featuring D’banj ) (Winner)

“Kokoroko” – Kefee (featuring Timaya )

“Danger” – P-Square

“Hotter than Fire” – Dr. Pat and Sheyman

 

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

Mushin 2 Mo’Hits – Wande Coal (Winner)

Danger – P-Square

Least Expected – Bracket

Un-darey-ted – Darey

 

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

“Ako Mi Ti Poju” – Naeto C

“Owo Ati Swagger” – Cartiair

“Finest” – Knight House (featuring Sauce Kid and Teeto)

“Sample” (Remix) – Terry Tha Rapman

(featuring Stereo Man and Pherowshuz) (Winner)

“Somebody Wants to Die” – M.I

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

C.E.O – Da Grin (Winner)

Dat Ibo Boy – Illbliss

More Than Rap Music – Cartiair

The Investment – Kel

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

M.I – “Somebody Wants to Die”

Mode 9 – “Bad Man” (Winner)

OD – “Got to Love Me”

Pherowshuz – “Sample” (Remix) – Terry Tha Rapman (featuring Stereo Man and Pherowshuz)

 

BEST COLLABORATION

“Kokoroko” – Kefee (featuring Timaya ) (Winner)

“Finest” – Knight House (featuring Sauce Kid and Teeto)

“Aye Po Gan” – Illbliss (featuring Terry G )

“Sample Remix” – Terry Tha Rapman

(featuring Stereo Man and Pherowshuz)

 

BEST MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE

Darey – “No Stars” (Winner)

Banky W. – “Strong Ting”

Wande Coal – “Banana”

GT the Guitarman – “Kinimatise”

Timi Dakolo – “Heaven Please”

Best Female Vocal Performance

Ibiyemi – “Don’t Leave Me”

Kefee – “Kokoroko”

Lara George – “Keeper of my Dreams” (Winner)

Waje – “Kolo”

Eva Alordiah – “No Cry”

 

BEST STREET HOP ARTISTE

Terry G – “Free Madness Pt.2” (Winner)

Klever J (featuring Eedris Abdulkareem) – “Igboro Ti Daru”

Jaywon – “File Be”

Art Quake – “Alanta”

Side One – “One by One”

 

NEXT RATED

General Pype – “Champion”

Mo’Cheddah –

Jesse Jagz – “Wetin Dey”

D’Prince – “Omoba”

Skuki – “Banger” (Winner)

 

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Wande Coal (Winner)

Kel

Djinee

Illbliss

Omawumi

 

YEAR 2011

In 2011 the award’s name was officially changed to “The Headies” [It’s known as the Hip Hop World Awards until the 6th edition] . Remember the last went unhosted? Well, this one was co-hosted by Rita Dominic and eeLDee.

 

It was held on October 22, 2011, at the Eko Hotel and Suites again.

 

Ice Prince was nominated for six awards categories which made him the most nominated Artiste but 2face Idibia (2Baba) won three awards, the most for the night.

 

A total of twenty-one cart gold plaques were handed out: Waje was the only female awardee, Wizkid won the Next Rated category (but received a Hyundai Sonata at a later date), Darey Art Alade won for Best R&B Single and Recording of the Year,M.I and Ice Prince won two awards apiece, Mohit Records Boss and Producer Don Jazzy and his record signee Dr SID both took home an award,,Capital Femi walked away with the Best Vocal Performance in Male award and the Hall of Fame award went to the creator of Afro-Jùjú, Shina Peters.

 

Most of the awardees performed that night: Olamide, Waje, Sound Sultan, Shina Peters, Omawumi, Ice Prince, Brymo, M.I, Dr SID, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

 

NEXT RATED

Ice Prince – ” Oleku ”

Wizkid – ” Holla at Your Boy ” (Winner)

Olamide – “Eni Duro”

Tiwa Savage – ” Kele Kele Love”

 

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Cabo Snoop – “Windeck” (Winner)

R2Bees – “Kiss Your Hand”

Liquideep – “Fairytale”

Freshlyground – “Waka Waka”

V.I.P – “Away

 

BEST POP SINGLE

“Give It To Me” –

D’Prince

“Pop Champaign” –

Dr SID (Winner)

” Holla at Your Boy ” – Wizkid

” Mr Endowed” –

D’banj

“Fimile” – Kas

 

 

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

Turning Point – Dr SID

Beautiful Imperfection – Aṣa

Back To The Future – Sound Sultan

Double Dare –

Darey

The Unstoppable International Edition – 2face Idibia

(Winner)

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

Untouchable – Ruggedman

MI2 – M.I (Winner)

I Am William – 2Shotz

African American – Sauce Kid

Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman

 

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

Samklef – “Noni”

Jahbless (featuring

Ice Prince, Durella,

Reminisce , and eLDee) – “Joor Oh (Remix)” (Winner)

Olamide – “Eni Duro”

Konga – “Kabakaba”

Wizboyy – “Owusagi”

 

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

“Only Me” – 2 Face Idibia

“The Way You Are” – Darey (Winner)

“I Gat Money” – Capital Femi (featuring Eedris Abdulkareem)

“For A Minute” –Waje

“Oyi” (Remix) – Flavour (featuring)

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Waje – “For A Minute” (Winner)

Tiwa Savage – ” Kele Kele Love”

Eva Alordiah – “God Hand”

Ego – “Fall In Love”

 

BEST VOCAL Performance (MALE)

Darey – “The Way You Are”

Bez – “More You”

Capital Femi – “Money Money Money” (Winner)

Timi Dakolo – “There Is A Cry”

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Mode 9 – “Rhyme Tight” (Winner)

Ice Prince – ” Oleku ”

M.I – “Undisputed”

Terry Tha Rapman – “Boys Are Not Smiling”

Vector – “Get Down”

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

Oleku” – Ice Prince (featuring

Brymo ) (Winner)

” Ten Over Ten ” –

Naeto C

“Boys Are Not Smiling” – Terry Tha Rapman

“Eni Duro” –

Olamide

“She and My Swagga” –

Ruggedman

(featuring Ice Prince)

 

BEST COLLABORATION

“You Know it” –

Goldie (featuring eLDee)

“Facebook Love” – Essence (featuring

Jaywon )

“Joor Oh” (Remix) – Jahbless

(featuring Ice Prince, Durella ,

Reminisce, and

eLDee )

“Number One” – M.I (featuring

Flavour N’abania )

(Winner)

” Oleku ” – Ice Prince (featuring

Brymo )

 

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Darey

M.I

D’banj

2Face Idibia (Winner)

Duncan Mighty

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

Oleku” – Ice Prince (featuring

Brymo ) (Winner)

“Only Me” – 2 Face Idibia

“Give It To Me” –

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D’Prince (featuring

D’banj )

“Pop Something” –

Dr SID (featuring

D’banj )

“Fimile” – Kas

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“The Way You Are” – Darey (Winner)

“God Hand” – Eva Alordiah

“Rain Drops” – 2 Face Idibia

“Be My Man” – Aṣa

 

Album of the Year

MI2 – M.I

Back From The Future – Sound Sultan

Turning Point – Dr SID

Beautiful Imperfection – Aṣa

International Edition – 2 Face Idibia

(Winner)

 

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Dr SID (Winner)

Mo’Cheddah

Jesse Jagz

YQ

Lynxxx

 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR

Patrick Elis – “Holla at Your Boy”

Clarence Peters – “You Know It”

Gini – “Ko Ma Roll”

Mex – “Pop Off Selecta”

DJ Tee – “Eni Duro” (Winner)

 

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Don Jazzy – “Over the Moon”, ” Mr Endowed “, and “Pop Champaign”

(Winner)

Samklef – ” Don’t Dull “, “Kilode”, “Jonzing World”, and “Noni”

Jay Sleek – “Only Me” and “2010”

Jesse Jagz – ” Oleku ” and “Jargo”

Cobhams Asuquo – “The Way You Are” and “There Is A Cry”

 

 

Hall of Fame

Sir Shina Peters

 

 

YEAR 2012

Unarguably, year 2012 was the most historical in Music Industry. It witnessed emergence of new artistes and songs.

 

The ceremony took place on 20 October 2012, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, and hosted by M.I and Omawumi who also thrilled fans with their song titled “The Headies”, before Chidinma ‘Miss Kedike’ opened the show by performing her song “Kedike”.

 

The Okoye brothers (Peter, Paul, and Jude) won a total of three awards.Wizkid bagged The

Artiste of the Year, Tiwa Savage and Wande Coal won the Best Male and Female Vocal Performance categories, respectively.

 

Eventually, the Awards went thus: Album of the Year was given to P-Square for ‘The Invasion’, Artist of The Year was Wizkid, Song of The Year was Oliver Twist by D’banj, Vector won Lyricist On The Roll with Áńgẹ́lì.

African Artist Of The Year was Sarkodie of Ghana, Next Rated Artist was Davido, Tee-Y Mix was Producer of the Year for Super C Season by Naeto C, Best Music Award went to Director  Jude Okoye for Chop My Money Remix (P-Square),

Recording of The Year was Ara by Brymo, Hip Hop World Revealation of The Year was Wizkid, Best Collaboration – Sound Sultan Ft. Excel & Flavour (Orobo), Best Vocal Performance (Male) – Wande Coal for Private trips, Best Vocal Performance (Female) – Tiwa Savage for Love Me, Love, Love Me, Best R/B Single – MayD (Soundtrack), Best Rap Album – Ice Prince (E.L.I), Best Pop Single – Iyanya’s Kukere, Best R/B and Pop Album – P-Square (The Invasion), Best Rap Single – Vector ft. 9ice (Angeli), and Best Street Hop – Chuddy K (Gaga Crazy)

 

YEAR 2013

Olamide was the biggest awardee of the 8th edition of The Headies. He won three awards from seven nominations, and on the other hand, Iyanya only received one award from five nominations.

 

It took place on on 26th December, 2013 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos. The show was hosted by Tiwa Savage and Dr SID.

 

Phyno won the Best Rap Single category for his song “Man of the Year”. D’Tunes , Praiz , and Blackmagic all won for the first time. Sean Tizzle won the Next Rated category and was later awarded a Hyundai Tucson. Davido took home two awards, including Best R&B/Pop Album for Omo Baba Olowo . Iyanya only received one award from five nominations. Veteran Fuji artist Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame. 2 Face Idibia, Banky W., Waje, Nikki Laoye, Mode 9, Dr SID and Kcee all went home with a plaque. Harrysong ‘s tribute song to Nelson Mandela, titled “Mandela”, won the Most Downloaded Callertune award.

 

African Artiste of the Year winner was not announced.  Nominated were Mi Casa, R2Bees, Liquideep, Sarkodie and Mafikizolo.

 

The following artists performed at the ceremony: Iyanya, Waje, Olamide, Phyno, Praiz, Seyi Shay, Niyola, Zaina and Yemi Alade.

 

There were 19 presenters in all:

Mai Atafo

Stephanie Coker

Yvonne Ekwere

Koch Okoye

Darey Art Alade

Kemi Adetiba

Chin Okeke

Seyi Law

Lynxxx

Osas Ighodaro

Mercy Omo London

Toolz

Kelechi Amadi Obi

Funmi Iyanda

Illbliss

Jumoke Awolade-James

Daddy Freeze

Tewa Onasanya

Chris Ihidero

 

 

YEAR 2014

Themed “Feel the Passion”, the show was hosted by Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth (for the second time). Two things were changed about this year Awards: it was initially scheduled to hold on 25 October 2014, but later held on14 December 2014, at the Eko Hotel and Suites and Comedian Bovi was initially announced as one of the hosts, but ended up not hosting due to him being booked for another show.

 

Performers were Nikki Laoye, Cynthia Morgan, Yemi Alade, Davido, Dr SID, Patoranking, Timi Dakolo, P-Square, Sir Victor Uwaifo and Skales.

 

On 30 September, nominations were announced during a press briefing at the HipTV office in Allen, Lagos.

Kcee, Olamide and Phyno led the nominations with five each. Tiwa Savage, Oritse Femi and The Mavins followed closely with four apiece. Yemi Alade was nominated for three awards.

 

Eventually, Olamide, Patoranking and Davido each took home two awards apiece. Don Jazzy won the Producer of the Year plaque, while Sir Victor Uwaifo got the Hall of Fame recognition.

 

Olamide got Best Rap Album and Album of the Year for Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, Davido got Song of the Year (Ayé) and Artiste of the Year, Patoranking got Next Rated and Best Reggae/Dancehall Single was (“Girlie O” (Remix) featuring Tiwa Savage).

 

Best R&B/Pop Album was The Journey by Sean Tizzle, Best R&B Single was “Let Somebody Love You” – 2face Idibia, “Iyawo Mi” by  Timi Dakolo won Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Vocal Performance (Female) was “Love to Love You” – Niyola (featuring Banky W.),  Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year was Takeover by Kcee, Best Recording was “Ordinary People” by Cobhams Asuquo, Best Collabo was “Emergency” by WizzyPro (featuring Skales, Patoranking and Runtown, Best Music Video went to Clarence Peters for “Ada Ada” by Flavour N’abania, Best Pop Single was “Dorobucci” by The Mavins, Best Rap Single was “Parcel” by Phyno, Lyricist on the RollJesse Jagz was “God on the Mic”, Best Street-Hop Artiste was Oritse Femi’s “Double Wahala”, “Bolaji” – Boj got Best Alternative Song, Sarkodie won African Artiste of the Year and Victor Uwaifo entered The Year Hall of Fame.

 

YEAR 2015

This Headies was moved to New Year’s Day, thus collided with ‘Ali Bàbá New Year Show’. It was held on January 1, 2016, at the Landmark Events Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos and themed “Flip the Script”. The event was hosted by Bovi and Kaffy.

 

Wizkid was nominated seven times, but Olamide was the greatest winner of the night with a total of four awards, seconded by Timi Dakolo (three awards). 2face Idibia was honored with the Hall of Fame award, while Don Jazzy received the Special Recognition award.

 

 

The apex was Reekado Banks won the Next Rated against YBNL Signee, Lil Kesh thus brought about the “every fucking single was a hit back to back. From Lyrically, to Shoki, to Ẹ fẹ́ jóku..Ko ni dáa fún Ìyáláyà Anybody…” by Ọlámide. And Don Jazzy’s “Ẹ̀gbọ́n Ọlámide, if you want the car come and collect it”….

 

Performers were Majek Fashek, Timi Dakolo, Olamide, Falz, Adekunle Gold, Simi, Harrysong, Seyi Shay, Victoria Kimani, Eva Alordiah, Vector and Iyanya.

 

Winners and Categories:

* Best R&B/Pop Album: (Ayo – Wizkid)

* Best Rap Album:The Chairman – M.I

* Best R&B Single: “Wish Me Well” –

Timi Dakolo

* Best Pop Single: “Godwin” – Korede Bello

* Best Vocal Performance (Male): “Wish Me Well” –Timi Dakolo

* Best Vocal Performance (Female): “Iwo Nikan” –Aramide

* Best Rap Single: “King Kong” –Vector

* Best Street-Hop Artiste:Olamide – “Bobo”

*Best Collabo: Local Rappers ” –

Reminisce (featuring Olamide & Phyno).

* Song of the Year: ” Ojuelegba ” – Wizkid

* Best Recording of the Year: “Wish Me Well” – Timi Dakolo

* Album of the Year: Street OT – Olamide

* Artiste of the Year: Olamide

* Producer of the Year: Legendury Beatz – ” Ojuelegba ”

* Next Rated: Reekado Banks

* African Artiste of the Year: Sarkodie

* Rookie of The Year: Ycee

* Best Reggae/Dancehall Single: “German Juice” – Cynthia Morgan

* Best Alternative Song: “Sade” – Adekunle Gold

* Special Recognition Award: Don Jazzy

* Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year: Yemi Alade

* Hall of Fame: 2Face Idibia

 

 

YEAR 2016

“The 11th edition of The Headies was held on December 22, 2016, at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. Themed “Think, Create, Recreate”, the event was hosted by Adesua Etomi and Falz.

 

“The nominees were announced by the award’s organizers in November 2016.

 

“Tekno was nominated for the Next Rated award, but ended up being disqualified due to his refusal to honour the category and support the campaign.

 

“Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba jointly performed the song “Raise the Roof”. Aramide performed her song “Funmi Lowo” with assistance from Ras Kimono .

 

“The ceremony also featured additional performances from Falz, 2Baba, Seyi Shay and Flavour. Olamide received eight nominations and won a total of four, including Best Rap Single for his single “Eyan Mayweather”. Mr Eazi won the Next Rated category and was awarded a SUV at a later date.

 

“Mayorkun toppled Dice Ailes and Koker for the Rookie of the Year award. Laolu Akins was honored with the Hall of Fame award, while Flavour received the Special Recognition award.”

 

YEAR 2017

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Pray For Me – Darey feat. Soweto Choir

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Young John – Mama – Kiss Daniel

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Soldier (Falz Tha Bad Guy) – Clarence Peters

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM: New Era – Kiss Daniel

BEST R&B SINGLE: Pray For Me – Darey

BEST POP SINGLE: Reggae Blues – Harrysong feat. Orezi, Iyanya, Olamide, Kcee

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE: No Kissing – Patoranking Ft Sarkodie

BEST RAP ALBUM: Powerful – Ill Bliss

BEST COLLABO: Soldier – Falz feat. Simi

BEST RAP SINGLE: Eyan Mayweather – Olamide

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE): Shaydee – Smile

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE): Simi – Love Don’t Care

NEXT RATED: Mr. Eazi

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION: Kiss Daniel – New Era

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL: Ill Bliss – Chukwu Agozi Gogi

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE: Olamide – Who You Epp

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG: You Suppose Know – Bez

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: New Era – Kiss Daniel

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Wizkid

SONG OF THE YEAR: Fada Fada – Phyno Feat. Olamide

HALL OF FAME: Music Producer, Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Flavour

 

YEAR 2018

Comedian Bovi and singer Seyi Shay hosted the 12th edition of The Headies which happened was held on May 5, 2018, at the Eko Convention Centre.

 

The organizers of the ceremony announced the nominees in April with the addition of three categories: Viewer’s Choice, Best Performer, and Industry Brand Supporter.

 

Simi led the nominations with 7, followed by Wizkid and Davido with 6 each.

 

The ceremony featured performances from a number of artists, including Falz, Mr. Real, Simi, and the Danfo Drivers.

 

Davido, Wizkid and Simi won the most awards with 3 each. Mayorkun won the Next Rated award, beating Dice Ailes , Maleek Berry and Johnny Drille.

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI

HALLELUYAH – FUNBI

PONMILE – REMINISCE

HEAVEN – BANKY W

JOROMI – SIMI (WINNER)

 

YEAR 2019

Here are the winners of the 13th edition of the Headies.

  1. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Crayon, Buju, Barry Jhay (WINNER) and Oxlade

 

  1. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE): Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’, Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’, Nonso Bassey – ‘411’, Funbi – ‘Serenade’ and Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’ (WINNER)

 

  1. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE: Erigga – ‘Motivation’, Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’ (WINNER), Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’, Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’ and Lyta – ‘Time’

 

  1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Adekunle Gold – Ire, Patoranking – Heal D World, Brymo – Olanrewaju, Teni – Uyo Meyo (WINNER) and Burna Boy – Ye

 

 

  1. BEST RAP SINGLE: ‘Talk’ – Falz (WINNER), ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce, ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss featuring Olamide, ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone featuring Alpha Ojini and ‘ Gang Gang ’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

 

  1. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG: ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli, ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems, ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille (WINNER), ‘Heya’ – Brymo and ‘Ire ’ – Adekunle Gold

 

 

  1. BEST RAP ALBUM: ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz (WINNER), ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon, ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga and ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

  1. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL: YCEE – ‘Balance’, Boogey – ‘Implode’, Paybac – ‘Implode’, Ghost – ‘Crown’, Tec – ‘Crown’ and AQ – ‘Crown’ (WINNER)

 

  1. BEST COLLABO: ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks featuring Tiwa Savage, Fiokee, ‘One Ticket ’ – Kiss Daniel featuring Davido, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy featuring Zlatan (WINNER) and ‘Amaka’ – 2baba featuring Peruzzi

 

  1. BEST PERFORMER: Falz, Tiwa Savage, Brymo, Yemi Alade (WINNER) and Adekunle Gold

 

  1. BEST R&B SINGLE: ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE, ‘Serenade’ – Funbi, ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni, ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld and ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay featuring Runtown (WINNER)

 

 

  1. BEST POP SINGLE: ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy, ‘ We Gain’ – Victor AD, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘Case’ – Teni (WINNER), ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML and ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

 

  1. BEST R&B / POP ALBUM: Rare – Odunsi (The Engine), Outside – Burna Boy, No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel, Mayor of Lagos – Mayorkun (WINNER) and About 30 – Adekunle Gold

 

 

  1. HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE: Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Teni (WINNER), Fireboy DML, Rema, Joe Boy, Wizkid and Davido

 

  1. BEST MUSIC VIDEO: ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters (WINNER), ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters, ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films, ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy and ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

 

 

  1. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION: Odunsi, Mayorkun (WINNER), Wurld and Humblesmith

 

  1. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: About 30 – Adekunle Gold, Outside – Burna Boy, Moral Instruction – Falz (WINNER) and No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

 

  1. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Phantom – ‘Ye’ b Burna Boy, Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema, Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni, Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty and Wizkid (WINNER) and Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan

 

 

  1. NEXT Rated: Rema (WINNER), Joeboy, Fireboy DML, Victor AD, Lyta and Zlatan

 

  1. SONG OF THE YEAR: ‘ Ye’ – Burna Boy (WINNER), ‘Dumebi’ – Rema, ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘ Case’ – Teni, ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan, ‘Baby’ – Joeboy and ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

 

 

  1. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Burna Boy (WINNER), Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Falz

 

  1. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (Female? : GoodGirl LA – ‘ Bless me’, Waje – ‘Udue’, Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’ (WINNER), Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’ and Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

 

  1. AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION: Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA), Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST), Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA), King Promise – CCTV (GHANA) (WINNER) and DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

God Bless You All

 

Fully Compiled by Jimoh Taofik Adekunle (Jimson Jaat Taofik)

The MAD Writer: Pen Priest

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