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2022 Headies Awards: The State of Play


It’s the 2022 Headies Awards night, arguably Africa’s most coveted prize for contributing to the development of the music industry.

The ceremony will hold at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Altanta, Georgia, USA. The first time the show will be hosted away from the motherland.

To foster inclusiveness, The 2022 Headies Awards will see the addition of three new categories, Digital Artist of The Year, Best Inspirational Single, and International Artist of The Year, organisers announced earlier.

All three new categories will be decided by fan votes. The final nominee list was unveiled on Wednesday, June 15 including Wizkid, Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Chris Brown, Drake and more. Check out the full list below.

The update means Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Davido gained extra nominations, taking their haul to 10, 6, and 4 respectively after being recognized in the Digital Artist of The Year category.

Below is the updated full list of nominees for the 2022 Headies Awards.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

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 Ft. Chike
  • Crown Of Clay – Vector & Mi Abaga Ft. Pheelz
  • Early Momo – Vector Ft. Goodgirl La
  • Feeling – Ladipoe Ft. Bnxn
  • Tycoon – Show Dem Camp Ft. Reminisce & Mojo
  • Loading – Olamide Ft 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 (Nigeria)
  • 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)

The Best International Artist of The Year

  • Beyonce
  • Chris Brown
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Bieber
  • Nas

Best Inspirational Single

  • KCee & Okwesili Eze Group – Cultural Praise Vol. 1
  • Timi Dakolo – Everything (Amen)
  • Chidinma – Jehovah Overdo
  • Mercy Chinwo – Onyedikagi
  • Dunsin Oyekan – Yah
  • Nathaniel Bassey – You Are Mighty/Olorun Agbay

Digital Artist of The Year

  • Burna Boy
  • CKay
  • Davido
  • Joeboy
  • Rema
  • Wizkid

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