All About the Headies Award &Nominations

The Headies Award was formerly called the Hip-hop World Award which kick-started in 2006 by the Hip-hop World Magazine of Nigeria. It is one of the highest musical and entertainment award in Nigeria.
The Headies Award is organized by Hip tv, a music station owned by Ayo Animashaun.

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The Headies Award reviews and awards music artists who have made waves and outstanding achievements in Nigerian music in the year in review. Also, the winners are rewarded with a car.


The Headies Award 2019, the 12th edition will take place at Eko Convention Center Victoria Island, Lagos State. It has been tagged the C.A.R.E Edition.
The award session features Red carpet and performances by popular and established artists.

For this year, only the music that includes Audios and Videos released between July 2017 till date are qualified for nomination.


There are lots of categories in the Headies Award like the Next-rated which is the most anticipated as it highlights upcoming artists. Winners are chosen through voting by the public and an in-depth analysis BT the Headies Jury Members.


We would be shortlisting possible Next-rated Artistes who might be nominated in the 2018/2019 Headies Next-rated Artiste of the year award.

Teni

Teniola is our pick in the Next-rated category. Once an internet and music sensation, she has since made waves and is the rookie of the year. Some of her songs are ‘Farjin’ and the popular ‘Askamaya’.


She is one of the best songwriters, writing some of the best chart ranking songs for Davido. She was wildly tipped to be the winner of Next-rated category but was overcome by Burna Boy who caught much attention with his series of high impact releases and special musical talent.


This year, Teni is out again. What makes her special and out is her strong vocals, tasteful music and songwriting skills. She has a unique ability to try different musical styles.

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Peruzzi

Peruzzi has made strong waves and recognition since featuring in 2baba’s ‘Amaka’. Ever since he has continued this hot streak by his series of strong releases which has not just given him recognition, but has highlighted him among his peers.


He is officially signed to the DMW Label and is seen as the songwriting force behind David’s major hits.

Spotless

He is someone who has successfully ‘rubbed the shine off’ Afro-pop superstar and head of Starboy Label Wizkid and Tekno his brother. Little wonder he is speedily going into stardom.


Some of his record-breaking achievements include featuring in ‘Soco’ together with Wizkid and ‘Benz’ together with his brother Tekno.

Victor AD

His song ‘Wetin We Gain’ has caught the attention of Nigerians as it reflects and expresses the ordeals of hardworking Nigerians, hustling and sweating it out and millions of people stuck in the Lagos traffic.
Victor AD is a Warri-based singer and artist.

Zlatan Ibile

In his song ‘My Body’, Zlatan practically introduced another dance song to compete with Shaku Shaku. This song reigns in clubs, Instagram feeds and Owambe. It is a song by Zlatan Ibile featuring Olamide. He is seen as the source of Zanku dance.

Naira Marley

He has the song ‘ISSA Goal’ which is seen as the unofficial Nigeria anthem at the 2018 World Cup. It is a song which caught the attention of Nigerians during the World Cup.


‘ISSA Goal’ is a song by Naira Marley in 2017, a Nigerian-British musician featuring Olamide and Lil Kesh.

Terri

Terri’s cover of ‘Oshe’, a song by DJ Jimmy Jatt and featuring Wizkid brought him widespread attention. He has since been signed up to Wizkid’s Starboy record label and featuring in the sone ”Soco’.

Below are Some of the Headies Award Nominations and Categories.

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Best Recording of the Year

  • Butterflies- Omawumi
  • Halleluyah- Funbi
  • Ponmile- Reminisce
  • Heaven- Banky W
  • Joromi- Simi.

Best POP Single

  • Mad Over You- Runtown
  • All Over- Tiwa Savage
  • YEBA- Kiss Daniel
  • Iskaba- Wande Coal and DJ Tunez
  • If- Davido
  • Fia- Davido.

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE –

  • Love You Die – Patoranking Ft. Diamond Platnumz
  • Dance – Timaya Ft. Rudeboy
  • Holy Holy – 2baba
  • Rock Your Body – Burna Boy
  • Come Closer – Wizkid
  • Sofa – Kiss Daniel

BEST RAP ALBUM

  • 27 – Falz
  • Trip To The South – Erigga
  • El Hadj – Reminisce
  • The Playmaker – Phyno
  • The Glory – Olamide
  • Rose – Aq

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

  • Ma lo – tiwa savage ft wizkid (meji alabi)
  • Focus – humble smith (clarence peters)
  • Come closer – wizkid (daps)
  • Been calling – maleek berry (meji alabi)
  • Yolo – seyi shay (meji alabi)
  • Like dat – davido (daps)

Producer of the Year

  • (Fall, Mama) Kidominant
  • (Maradona, Come Closer) Sarz
  • (Iskaba, Malo) Spellz
  • (If, Rara) Tekno
  • (Yawa, Virtuous Woman) Masterkraft

Best R&B/Pop Album

  • Sounds From the Other Side- Wizkid
  • Timeless- Omawumi
  • Simisola – Simi
  • Gold- Adekunle Gold
  • Ijele the Traveller- Flavor
  • This is Me- Niniola
  • Best Music Video
  • Ma lo- Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid

BEST R&B SINGLE

  • Tonight – Nonso Amadi
  • Folashade – Praiz
  • Let Me Know – Maleek Berry
  • Romeo & Juliet – Johhny Drille
  • Love You Baby – Banky W
  • Smile For Me – Simi

BEST COLLABO

  • Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid
  • Temper Remix – Skales Ft Burna Boy
  • Juice – Ycee Ft Maleekberry
  • No Forget – Adekunle Gold Ft. Simi
  • Come Closer – Wizkid Ft. Drake

BEST RAP SINGLE

  • You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives – Mi
  • Something Lite – Falz Ft Ycee
  • Link Up – Phyno Ft. Burna Boy, M.I.
  • Up To You – Show Dem Camp Ft Funbi
  • Me Versus Me – Ice Prince
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BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

  • Perfect Woman – Faze
  • Folashade – Praiz
  • Romeo & Juliet – Johnny Drille
  • Tonight – Nonso Amadi
  • Love You Baby – Banky W

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

  • In The Air – Waje
  • Gone For Good – Simi
  • Jowo – Aramide
  • Saro – Niniola
  • Where’s The Love – Niyola Ft. Adekunle Gold
  • Butterflies – Omawumi

NEXT RATED

  • Maleek Berry
  • Mayorkun
  • Dice Ailes
  • Johnny Drille
  • Zoro

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

  • Niniola
  • Adekunle Gold
  • Mr. Eazi
  • Reekado Banks

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

  • You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives – Mi
  • Political Science – Aq
  • Liquor Night – Boogey
  • Industry Nite – Erigga

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

  • Penalty – Small Doctor
  • Wo – Olamide
  • Sai Baba – Cdq
  • Shepeteri – Idowest Ft. Dammy Krane, Slim Case
  • Pass The Agbara – Skuki
  • Legbegbe – Mr Real Ft. Idowest, Kelvin Chuks, Obadice

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

  • Money – Adekunle Gold
  • Radio – Nonso Amadi
  • Romeo & Juliet – Johnny Drille
  • Ponmile – Reminisce
  • Fun Mi Lowo Mi – Aramide Ft. Sound Sultan £& Koker
  • Lagos Barbie – Bantu

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Simisola – Simi
  • Gold – Adekunle Gold
  • Klitoris – Brymo
  • Ijele The Traveler – Flavour
  • Sounds From The Other Side – Wizkid
  • The Playmaker – Phyno

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Davido
  • Wizkid
  • Olamide
  • Simi
  • Tiwa Savage

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Penalty – Small Doctor
  • Wo – Olamide
  • If- Davido
  • Yeba – Kiss Daniel
  • Mad Over You – Runtown
  • Fia – Davido

AFRICAN ARTISTE

  • Sarkodie
  • Casper Nyovest
  • Nasty C
  • Sauti Sol
  • Vanessa Mdee

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

  • Come Closer- Wizkid
  • If- Davido
  • Wo -Olamide
  • Mad Over You – Runtown
  • Yeba- Kiss Daniel
  • Yawa -Tekno

INDUSTRY BRAND SUPPORTER

  • Mtn
  • Pepsi
  • Glo
  • Hennessy
  • Firs
  • Nigeria Breweries
  • Lagos State

BEST PERFORMER

  • Flavour
  • Falz
  • M.I.
  • 2baba
  • Yemi Alade
  • Tiwa Savage


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • Kidi
  • Air Boy
  • Teni
  • Junior Boy
  • Peruzzi

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