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Wizkid, Ayra Starr, Brymo Dominate Nominations At Headies 2022

…As Davido, Burna Boy, Others Battle For African Artiste of the Year Award

AMINA BRAI OMOIKE

Nominees for the 2022 edition of the Headies were on Tuesday announced on the award organisers’ official Instagram page.  The 2022 edition of the Headies awards is set to hold in September at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.

This year, Grammy-winning Beninese singer, Angelique Kidjo, will receive the Headies Hall of Fame award.  According to the organisers, the Hall of Fame special recognition was bestowed on an individual of African descent who has made excellent and “outstanding impact to the African entertainment industry, home and abroad.”

Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo will receive this year’s Headies Hall of Fame award. Past winners in this category include Femi Kuti, Wasiu Ayinde K1, Sir Shina Peters, King Sunny Ade, Sir Victor Uwaifo and 2Face Idibia

Asides the Hall of Fame recognition, some individuals were given special recognition for “excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry within the year under review” in this edition.

Recipients of such recognition include Burna Boy’s mum and manager, Bose Ogulu; Wizkid’s manager, Sunday Are and 2Baba’s manager, Efe Omorogbe.

Some international artistes were also recognised for their “outstanding impact to the Nigerian entertainment industry.” They are Haitian musician, Wyclef Jean; American-Senegalese singer, Akon; and American rapper, Diddy.

This year, artistes with the highest nominations were Ayra Starr, Brymo and Adekunle Gold. The list also featured some first timers like Portable and  Magixx.

Wizkid was nominated in eight categories including Artiste of the year and African Artiste of the year categories.

Other artistes that made the nomination list were Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, Johnny Drille, Tiwa Savage, Simi, Olamide as well as Femi and Made Kuti.

Celebrating his double nomination. fast rising Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, said he worked for the nominations.

Portable got two nominations – ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ and ‘Rookie of the Year’

Sharing on his Instagram page, the Zazuu Zeh singer posted, “I know I worked for this and I know it’s for me based on believe. The Headies don show love . Akoi Grace King. ZAzuu Best rookie and best street pop of the year. ZAzuu ZEH. Street ti Take Over @olamide @poco_lee Kala Wuwa Ika ZEH Nation.”

The Headies (originally called the Hip Hop World Awards) is a music awards show established in 2006 by Ayo Animashaun’s Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Rookie Of The Year

Av

Fave

Magixx

Portable

Ugoccie

Best Recording Of The Year

Celebrate Me – Patoranking

Essence – Wizkid Ft Tems

Jpy – 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 Feat. Lucky Daye)

Niphkeys – “Feel Good” (Mohbad)

P Priime – “Ozumba Mbadiwe” (Reekado Banks)

Pheelz – “High” (Adekunle Gold Feat. Davido)

Best R&B single

“Baby Riddim” – Fave

“Beggie Beggie” – Ayra Starr Feat. Ckay

“Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems

“Running (To You)” – Chike Feat. Simi

“Promise” – Niniola

“Sinner” – Adekunle Gold Feat. Luck Daye

Songwriter Of The Year

Adekunle Gold – “Sinner”

Ajebo Hustlers – “Loyalty”

Brymo – “Meji Meji”

Falana – “Joy”

Fireboy Dml – “Peru”

Omah Lay – “Understand”

Best Rap Single

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

Best Alternative Song

“Doings” – Flavour

 “Free Your Mind” – Made Kuti

 “Gonto” – Ibejii

“Hustle” – Basketmouth, The Cavemen, Bez, Dice Ailes

“Meji Meji” – Brymo

“Selense” – The Cavemen

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”

Johnny Drille – “Loving Is Harder”

Oxlade – “Ojuju”

Ric Hassani – “When I’m Gone”

 Tay Iwar – “Peaking”

Best Music Video

“Champion” – (Fireboy Dml Feat. D Smoke) Directed By Tg Omori

“Ginger” – (Wizkid Feat. Burna Boy) Directed By Meji Alabi

“Roju” – (Chike) Directed By Pink

“Rain” – (Yemi Alade Feat. Mzansi Youth Choir) Directed By Ovie Etseyatse

“Bling” – (Blaqbonez Feat. Amaarae & Bnxn) Directed By Tg Omori

“Running” – (Ladipoe Feat. Fireboy Dml) Directed By Director K

Best Collaboration

 “Beggie Beggie” – Ayra Starr Feat. Ckay

 “Bling” – Blaqbonez Feat. Amaarae & Bnxn

“Early Momo” – Vector Feat. Goodgirl

 “Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems

“Feeling” – Ladipoe Feat. Bnxn

“Running (To You)” – Chike Feat. Simi

Best Street-Hop Artiste

Bella Shmurda – “Cash App” Feat. Zlatan & Lincoln

Rexxie & Mohbad – “Kpk”

Mohbad – “Feel Good”

Naira Marley – “Koleyewon”

 Nektunez & Goya Menor – “Ameno Amapiano (Remix)”

Poco Lee, Portable & Olamide – “Zazoo Zehh”

Best Afrobeats Single Of The Year

“Bloody Samaritan” – Ayra Starr

“Bounce” – Ruger

“High” – Adekunle Gold Feat. Davido

“Monalisa” – Lojay & Sarz

“Ozumba Mbadiwe” – Reekado Banks

“Peru” – Fireboy Dml

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice

 Ayra Starr – “Bloody Samaritan”

Fireboy – “Peru” ( @Fireboydml )

Joeboy – “Sip”

Lojay & Sarz – “Monalisa”

Nektunez & Goya Menor – “Ameno Amapiano (Remix)”

Olamide Feat. Omah Lay – “Infinity”

 Rema – “Soundgasm”

Wizkid Feat. 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 East African Artiste Of The Year

Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)

Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

Harmonize (Tanzania)

Meddy (Rwanda)

Nikita Kering (Kenya)

Zuchu (Tanzania)

Best North African Artiste Of The Year

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)

Elgrandetoto (Morocco)

Latifa (Tunisia)

Manal (Morocco)

Muhamad Ramadan (Egypt)

Soolking (Algeria)

Best Southern African Artiste Of The Year

Black Coffee (South Africa)

Dj Tarico (Mozambique)

Elaine (South Africa)

Focalistic (South Africa)

Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)

Sha Sha (Zimbabwe)

Best Afrobeats Album

“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

“Gratitude” – Timaya

“Love Is War” – Prettyboy D-O

“Rainbow Riddim” – Shank

“Three” – Patoranking

 “Yaadman Kingsize” – Yung L

Best R&B Album

“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

“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

“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

 “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

“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

Simi

Tems

Tiwa Savage

Teni

Niniola

Best Male Artiste

Adekunle Gold

Burna Boy

Davido

Flavour

Olamide

Wizkid

Next Rated

Ayra Starr

Bnxn

Lojay

Ruger

Zinoleesky

African Artiste Of The Year

 Black Coffee (South Africa)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)

Soolking (Algeria)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

Aya Nakamura (Mali )

Lyricist On The Roll

A-Q – “The Last Cypher”

Blaqbonez – “The Last Cypher”

 Jesse Jagz – “Vipers”

 Ladipoe – “Providence”

 Payper Corleone – “In Don We Trust”

Vector – “Crown Of Clay”

Humanitarian Award Of The Year

 2face Idibia

Ruggedman

Davido

Don Jazzy

East Central African Artiste Of The Year

Calema (Sao Tome & Principe)

Blanche Bailly (Cameroon)

 Dadju (Dr Congo)

Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo)

Innoss’b (Dr Congo)

Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)

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