2022 Headies Award

The forthcoming award ceremony is set to hold at the United States of America.

A full list of nominees for the 2022 Headies Award has been announced by the organisers of the award ceremony via their official Instagram account.

The list, which features newbies like Arya Starr and Portable for the first time, was announced on Tuesday.

Hit songs like Wizkid’s “Essence” and Arya Starr’s “Bloody Samaritan” were nominated in multiple categories.

Over the years, the Headies has been dubbed as the “Grammy” of the Nigerian music, which top artistes nominated for their exploits in the music industry.

Since its inception in 2006, the 15th edition of the award show would be held outside Nigeria at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlantic, USA.

In the Next Rated category, which is regarded as the most coveted category, includes Arya Starr, Zinoleesky, Ruger, Lojay and Bnxn. The winner of this category will go home with a brand new Bentley Bentayga.

Check out the full list below:

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 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 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 LA
“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)

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

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