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HEADIES Awards 2022: Full List Of Nominees

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The Headies 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.

Below is the full list of nominees for the 15th edition of The Headies Award ceremony, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia USA, on July 2nd, 2022.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • AV
  • FAVE
  • Magixx
  • Portable
  • Ugoccie

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

  • “CELEBRATE ME” – Patoranking“
  • ESSENCE” – Wizkid Ft. TEMS
  • “JOY” – Falana
  • “LOVING IS HARDER” – Johnny Drille
  • “MEJI MEJI” – Brymo
  • “SOMEBODY’S SON” – Tiwa Savage Ft. Brandy

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

  • Beats By Jayy- “GOLDEN” (A-Q)
  • Blaise Beatz – “SINNER” (Adekunle Gold ft Lucky Daye)
  • Niphkeys – “FEEL GOOD” (Mohbad)
  • P Priime – “OZUMBA MBADIWE” (Reekado Banks)
  • Pheelz – “HIGH” (Adekunle Gold ft. Davido)
  • Sarz – “MONALISA” (Lojay & Sarz)

BEST R&B SINGLE

  • FAVE – “BABY RIDDIM”
  • Ayra Starr Ft. CKay- “BEGGIE BEGGIE”
  • Wizkid ft. TEMS – “ESSENCE”
  • Chike ft. Simi – “RUNNING(TO YOU)”
  • Niniola – “PROMISE”
  • Adekunle Gold ft Lucky Daye – “SINNER”

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

  • Adekunle Gold – “SINNER”
  • Ajebo Hustlers – “LOYALTY”
  • Brymo – “MEJI MEJI”
  • Falana – “JOY”
  • Fireboy DML – “PERU”
  • Omah Lay – “UNDERSTAND”

BEST RAP SINGLE

  • A-Q ft. Chike – “BREATHE”
  • Vector & MI Abaga ft. Pheelz – “CROWN OF CLAY”
  • Vector ft. Goodgirl LA – “EARLY MOMO”
  • Ladipoe ft BNXN – “FEELING”
  • Show Dem Camp ft Reminisce & Mojo – “TYCOON”
  • Olamide ft. Bad Boy Timz – “LOADING”

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

  • Flavour – “DOINGS”
  • Made Kuti – “FREE YOUR MIND”
  • Ibejii – “GONTO”
  • Basketmouth, The Cavemen, Dice Ailes & Bez – “HUSTLE”
  • Brymo – “MEJI MEJI”
  • The Cavemen – “SELENSE”

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

  • Ayra Starr – “TOXIC”
  • Liya – “ALARI”
  • Niniola – “6TH HEAVEN”
  • Simi – ” RUNNING TO YOU”
  • TEMS – “ESSENCE”
  • Waje – “LAST TIME”

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

  • Brymo – “MEJI MEJI”
  • Oxlade – “OJUJU”
  • Johnny Drille – “LOVING IS HARDER”
  • Ric Hassani – “WHEN I AM GONE”
  • Tay Iwar – “PEAKING”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

  • TG Omori – “CHAMPION” (Fireboy DML FT D Smoke)
  • Meji Alabi – “GINGER” (Wizkid ft. Burna Boy)
  • Pink – “ROJU” (Chike)
  • Ovie Etseyatse – “RAIN” (Yemi Alade ft Mzansi Youth Choir)
  • TG Omori – “BLING” (Blaqbonez ft Amaarae and BNXN)
  • Director K – “RUNNING” (Ladipoe ft Fireboy DML)

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Ayra Starr ft CKay – “BEGGIE BEGGIE”
  • Blaqbonez ft Amaarae & BNXN – “BLING”
  • Vector ft Goodgirl LA – “EARLY MOMO”
  • Wizkid ft TEMS – “ESSENCE”
  • Ladipoe ft BNXN – “FEELING”
  • Chike ft Simi – “RUNNING TO YOU”

BEST STREET HOP ARTISTE

  • Bella Shmurda ft Zlatan & Lincoin – “CASH APP”
  • Mohbad ft Rexxie – “KPK”
  • Mohbad – “FEEL GOOD”
  • Naira Marley – “KOLEYEWON”
  • Nektunez & Goya Menor – “AMENO AMPIANO REMIX”
  • Portable & Poco Lee ft Olamide – “Zazoo Zeh”

AFROBEATS SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • Ayra Starr – “BLOODY SAMARITAN”
  • Ruger – “BOUNCE”
  • Adekunle Gold ft Davido – “HIGH”
  • Lojay & Sarz – “MONALISA”
  • Reekado Banks – “OZUMBA MBADIWE”
  • Fireboy DML – “PERU”

HEADIES VIEWER’S CHOICE

  • Joeboy – “SIP”
  • Ayra Starr – “BLOODY SAMARITAN”
  • Fireboy DML – “PERU”
  • Lojay & Sarz – “MONALISA”
  • Nektunez & Goya Menor – “AMENO
  • AMPIANO REMIX”
  • Olamide ft Omah Lay – “INFINITY”
  • Rema – “SOUNDGASM”
  • Wizkid ft TEMS – “ESSENCE”

BEST WEST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Amaarae – (GHANA)
  • Angelique Kidjo -(BENIN)
  • Aya Nakamura – (MALI)
  • Gyakie – (GHANA)
  • KiDi – (GHANA)
  • Nelson Freitas – (CAPE VERDE)

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

  • “BREATHE” – A-Q FEAT CHIKE
  • “CROWN OF CLAY” – VECTOR & MI ABAGA FEAT. PHEELZ
  • “EARLY MOMO” – VECTOR FEAT. GOODGIRL LA
  • “FEELING” – LADIPOE FEAT. BNXN
  • “TYCOON” – SHOW DEM CAMP FEAT. REMINISCE & MOJO
  • “LOADING” – OLAMIDE FEAT BAD BOY TIMZ

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

  • A-Q – “THE LAST CYPHER”
  • BLAQBONEZ – “THE LAST CYPHER”
  • JESSE JAGZ – “VIPERS”
  • LADIPOE – “PROVIDENCE”
  • PAYPER CORLEONE – “IN DON WE TRUST”
  • VECTOR – “CROWN OF CLAY”

BEST EAST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Eastern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

  • DIAMOND PLATINUMZ (TANZANIA)
  • EDDY KENZO (UGANDA)
  • HARMONIZE (TANZANIA)
  • MEDDY (RWANDA)
  • NIKITA KERING (KENYA)
  • ZUCHU (TANZANIA)

BEST NORTH AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Northern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

  • EMEL MATHLOUTHI (TUNISIA)
  • ELGRANDETOTO (MOROCCO)
  • LATIFA (TUNISIA)
  • MANAL (MOROCCO)
  • MUHAMAD RAMADAN (EGYPT)
  • SOOLKING (ALGERIA)

BEST SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Southern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

  • BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • DJ TARICO (MOZAMBIQUE)
  • ELAINE (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • FOCALISTIC (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • JAH PRAYZAH (ZIMBABWE)
  • SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)

BEST CENTRAL AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Central African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

  • CALEMA (SAO TOME & PRINCIPE)
  • BLANCHE BAILLY (CAMEROON)
  • DADJU (DR CONGO)
  • FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)
  • INNOSS’B (DR CONGO)
  • SORAIA RAMOS (CAPE VERDE)

BEST AFROBEATS ALBUM

A category for the best Afrobeats album in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

  • “19 AND DANGEROUS” – AYRA STARR
  • “A BETTER TIME” – DAVIDO
  • “BARNABAS” – KIZZ DANIEL
  • “MADE IN LAGOS (DELUXE EDITION)” – WIZKID
  • “KPOS LIFESTYLE” – AJEBO HUSTLERS
  • “WONDALAND” – TENI

BEST REGGAE & DANCEHALL ALBUM

A voting category for the best Reggae & Dancehall album (solo or group) in year under review.

  • “GRATITUDE” – TIMAYA
  • “LOVE IS WAR” – PRETTYBOY D-O
  • “RAINBOW RIDDIM” – SHANK
  • “THREE” – PATORANKING
  • “YAADMAN KINGSIZE” – YUNG L

BEST R&B ALBUM

A category for the best r&b album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  • “BEFORE WE FALL ASLEEP” – JOHNNY DRILLE
  • “IF ORANGE WAS A PLACE” – TEMS
  • “LOVE DEEP HIGH LIFE” – OMAWUMI
  • “RISING” – FALANA
  • “THE PRINCE I BECAME” – RIC HASSANI
  • “WATER AND GARRI” – TIWA SAVAGE

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

A category for the best Alternative album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  • “9: ESAN” – BRYMO
  • “INTERMISSION” – IBEJII
  • “LEGACY +” – FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI
  • “LOVE AND HIGHLIFE” – THE CAVEMEN
  • “P.S. THANK YOU FOR WAITING” – WAVY THE CREATOR
  • “YABASI” – BASKETMOUTH

BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

  • “CARPE DIEM” – OLAMIDE
  • “CLONE WARS VOL. 5 – THE
  • “ALGORHYTHM” – SHOW DEM CAMP
  • “GOLDEN” – A-Q
  • “MAFIA CULTURE, VOL. 2.0” – IDOWEST
  • “PROVIDENCE” – LADIPOE
  • “SEX OVER LOVE” – BLAQBONEZ

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

  • “9: ESAN” – BRYMO
  • “19 & DANGEROUS” – AYRA STARR
  • “CARPE DIEM” – OLAMIDE
  • “LEGACY +” – FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI
  • “MADE IN LAGOS (DELUXE EDITION)” – WIZKID
  • “YABASI” – BASKETMOUTH

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

  • “CELEBRATE ME” – PATORANKING
  • “DOINGS” – FLAVOUR FEAT. PHYNO
  • “ESSENCE” – WIZKID FEAT. TEMS
  • “HIGH” – ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. DAVIDO
  • “MONALISA” – LOJAY & SARZ
  • “PERU” – FIREBOY DML

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE

Overall most successful female artiste (with artistic quality and/or impact) in the year under review.

  • SIMI
  • TEMS
  • TIWA SAVAGE
  • TENI
  • NINIOLA

BEST MALE ARTISTE

Overall most successful male artiste (with artistic quality and/or impact) in the year under review.

  • ADEKUNLE GOLD
  • BURNA BOY
  • DAVIDO
  • FLAVOUR
  • OLAMIDE
  • WIZKID

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act (with an EP or Album) in the year under review.

  • AYRA STARR
  • BNXN
  • LOJAY
  • RUGER
  • ZINOLEESKY

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the International music scene within the year under review.

  • BLACK COFFEE (South African)

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer and songwriter with an established record label of his own, Soulistic Music. His career began around 1994 and became prominent after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy, since then he has released nine studio albums. On 5 February 2021, Black Coffee released his seventh studio album, Subconsciously. The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2022, He was nominated alongside Illenium, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Sylvan Esso and Ten City in the category Best Dance/Electronic Album for his album,Subconsciously.

  • BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

Burna Boy, who rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019; it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for a Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2020, his album Twice as Tall was nominated for the Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making him the first Nigerian with back-to-back nominations at the Grammys.  In 2021, Twice as Tall won the Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. In April 2022, Burna Boy became the first Nigerian artiste to perform at the Madison Square Garden Concert captioned ‘One Night In Space’. His next studio album, “Love, Damini” is set to be released 2 July, 2022

  • DIAMOND PLATINUMZ (TANZANIA)

Diamond Platnumz, is a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, dancer, philanthropist and a businessman of Ha heritage. He is the founder and CEO of WCB Wasafi Record Label, Zoom Extra, Wasafi Bet and Wasafi Media. He is the first Africa-based artist to reach a combined total of 1 Billion YouTube views.  In 2022, he released his 10 tracks extended playlist, “First Of All”  where he featured top artists like Zuchu, Adekunle Gold, Focalistic and many other top African artists.

  • SOOLKING (ALGERIA)

Abderraouf Derradji, known professionally as Soolking, is an Algerian singer and rapper known for incorporating reggae, soul, hip hop and Algerian raï into his music. He started his career under the pseudonym MC Sool until 2013 before adopting his new stage name. He started his solo career in 2016 and is signed to the label Affranchis Music launched by Sofiane. On 2 November 2018, Soolking released his debut solo album Fruit du démon that was certified Gold in France. The singles “Guérilla” and “Dalida” were certified Platinum.

  • WIZKID (NIGERIA)

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. In October 2020, he released his fourth album, Made in Lagos, which received commercial success and acclaim, reaching number-one on the Billboard World Album Chart. The album includes the single “Essence” featuring Tems, which became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten following a remix released by Justin Bieber. By February 2021, Wizkid was the most-streamed Nigerian artist of all time on Spotify, with over 3.4 billion streams across all credits. Wizkid’s fifth album More Love Less Ego is set for release later this year as He announced its completion days ago.

  • AYA NAKAMURA (MALI/FRANCE)

Aya Coco Danioko, known by her stage name Aya Nakamura, is a French-Malian pop singer. She is best known for her hit song “Djadja”. She was born in Bamako and immigrated to France with her family, growing up in Aulnay-sous-Bois. She took the name Nakamura after the character Hiro Nakamura of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes. She has also  opened for the Nigerian star Davido at abig concert at Stade Modibo Kéïta in Bamako.

  • Davido

Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer popularly known for blending traditional African elements with global mainstream pop. Davido, who is not new to the HEADIES Awards, won the Next Rated award in 2012 at The Headies after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo(2012). He founded the record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), to which acts Dremo, Mayorkun, Peruzzi and Liya have been signed. As at August 2021, Davido is the second most followed African on Instagram. In March 2022, Davido was featured on “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” along side (Trinidad Cardona and AISHA) the first single of the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack. It marked Davido as the first Nigerian singer to be featured in a FIFA World Cup single. On the 5th of March 2022, Davido sold out the o2 arena with a capacity of 20,000. The lead single of his upcoming album “Stand Strong” ft. Sample Choir was released on 13th May, 2022.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A special recognition to an individual(s) for excellence and outstanding impact to the Nigerian entertainment industry within a specific period and/or the year under review.

  • WYCLEF JEAN
  • AKON
  • P DIDDY

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

A special recognition to an individual(s) for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry within the year under review.

  • BOSE OGULU
  • SUNDAY ARE
  • EFE OMOROGBE

HALL OF FAME:

A special recognition to an individual of African Descent, for excellence and outstanding impact to the African entertainment industry, home and abroad.

  • ANGELIQUE KIDJO

HUMANITARIAN AWARD OF THE YEAR

A voting category to recognize and Award extraordinary individuals and/or groups who have positively impacted the lives of people, nature and society within the year in review.

  • 2FACE IDIBIA
  • RUGGEDMAN
  • DAVIDO
  •  DON JAZZY

 

 

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