The Headies, originally called the Hip Hop World Awards is a music awards show established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists. It is broadcast live on HipTV to viewers across Nigeria. The 1st and 2nd editions of The Headies were held at the Muson Center in Onikan, Lagos State. Between 2010 and 2012, the awards were held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. This year’s Award ceremony will be the first to take place outside Nigeria.
Below is a list of Nigerian Artists with the most Headies awards wins.
1. Olamide- 15 Headies Awards
No one will be surprised to learn that Olamide is the artist with most Headies, as he as been the most consistent artiste of the decade, always dropping back-to-back hits year in, year out. Olamide is also one of the best rappers in Nigeria and has also been on top of his game since he came into the industry. Olamide has a total of 15 wins which includes Artiste of the year, Best street Hop Artiste (2), Best Rap Album(2), Album of the year(2)
2. Wizkid- 15 Headies Awards
Wizkid is considered a national treasure by many to all of Nigeria. This makes a lot of sense when you find out that he has the most awards as a Nigerian artiste, having been a dominating figure in the music industry for almost a decade now. Wizkid has a total number of 15 Headies wins which includes Artiste of the year(3), Next Rated, Hip Hop world revelation of the year, Best R&B/Pop album (2) and etc.
3. Mode 9 – 9 Headies Awards
Some people may not be familiar with the name Mode 9, but the rap music lovers will surely Know this rapper. Babatunde Olusegun Adewale popularly known as by his stage name Modenine, is a British-born Nigeria Rapper. He is a well known figure in the Nigeria rap music field. He has a total of 9 Headies awards which includes lyricist on the Roll(7), Best rap album, and Best rap single.
4. Davido – 8 Headies Awards
Davido has been paying his dues in the music scene for a long time and has a lot of awards to show for it. Davido has a total of 8 Headies awards which includes Next Rated, Best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop world revelation of the year, Song of the year (2), Artiste of the year(2) and etc.
5. 2 Face Idibia – 8 Headies Awards
2Face Idibia, now known as 2Baba is considered a legend in the Nigerian music industry, as he has been consistently giving us hit songs for over a decade now. He has a total of 8 Headies awards which includes Best R&B/Pop Album (2), Album of the year, Artiste of the year, Best Pop Single, Best R&B single, Hall of Fame, special recognition.
6. Wande Coal – 7 Headies Awards
Wande Coal is another legend and acknowledged king of melody in Nigerian Music. He has a total of 7 Headies awards including Next Rated, Album of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Pop Single. Wande Coal was the biggest winner at the 2010 Headies where most of his awards came from with five plaques won on the night, including Artiste of the Year.
7. P-Square – 6 Headies Awards
The legendary musical duo consisting of the twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye known for occasionally splitting up and coming back together. The are also known for their longetivity and have a total of Headies Award which includes Best R&B/Pop Album (2), Album of the Year (2), Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year
8. M.I – 6 Headies Awards
M.I Abaga, our Nigerian Slim Shady, is always credited for his longetivity after finding his place in an industry dominated by the likes of Modenine, Ruggedman and Eedris Abdulkareem at the start of his carreer. It’s no easy feat keeping up to the reputation for this long, which also makes it unsurprising that M.I also made the list of Nigerian Artistes with the most Headies Awards with a total of 6 awards including Best Rap Album (3), Best Rap Single, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best Collaboration.
9. Timi Dakolo – 5 Headies Awards
The Nigerian singer-songwriter and music producer rose to stardom after emerging winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007 which was followed by a recording contract with Sony BMG and He has awards to show for his journey so far with a total of 5 Headies Awards including Best Vocal Performance (Male) (2), Best Recording of the Year (2), Best R&B Single.
10. 9ice – 5 Headies Awards
9ice is a Nigerian musician, songwriter and dancer known for his powerful use of the Yoruba language in his music as well as his proverbial lyrics and unique style of delivery. He comes last but not least on the list with a total of 5 Headies Awards including Best Vocal Performance (Male), Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album