Portable, Wizkid, Davido Nominated For Headies [See Full List]

Portable, Wizkid, Davido Nominated For Headies [See Full List]

The organisers of the HEADIES announced the full list of nominees for the 2022 edition of the prestigious Nigerian music award on their official Instagram account on Tuesday.

This year, the nominations are diverse with some newbies like Portable, and Magixx making the list for the first time.

Hits like Wizkid’s “Essence” and Ayra Starr’s “Bloody Samaritan” bagged multiple nominations.

In the most coveted category, the Next Rated Award nominees include Ayra Starr, Bnxn, Lojay, Ruger and Zinoleesky. Organisers of the Headies awards have announced a 2022 Bentley as the prize for the winner of the Next Rated award category.

The 15th Annual Headies Music Awards will hold on September 4, 2022, at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.

It marks the first time that the Headies Award, formerly known as the Hip Hop World Awards, will hold outside Nigeria since its inception in 2006.

See the full nominee list below:

Rookie Of The Year






Best Recording Of The Year

Celebrate Me – Patoranking

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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







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Best Alternative Song

“Doings” – Flavour

2. “Free Your Mind” – Made Kuti

3. “Gonto” – Ibejii

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

5. “Meji Meji” – Brymo

6. “Selense” – The Cavemen

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

1. Ayra Starr – “Toxic”

2. Liya – “Alari”

3. Niniola – “6th Heaven”

4. Simi – “Running (To You)”

5. Tems – “Essence”

6. Waje – “Last Time”

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

1. Brymo – “Meji Meji”

2. Johnny Drille – “Loving Is Harder”

3. Oxlade – “Ojuju”

4. Ric Hassani – “When I’m Gone”

5. 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

1. “Beggie Beggie” – Ayra Starr Feat. Ckay

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2. “Bling” – Blaqbonez Feat. Amaarae & Bnxn

3. “Early Momo” – Vector Feat. Goodgirl

4. “Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems

5. “Feeling” – Ladipoe Feat. Bnxn

“Running (To You)” – Chike Feat. Simi

Best Street-Hop Artiste

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

2. Rexxie & Mohbad – “Kpk”

3. Mohbad – “Feel Good”

4. Naira Marley – “Koleyewon”

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

6. 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

1. Ayra Starr – “Bloody Samaritan”

2. Fireboy – “Peru” ( @Fireboydml )

3. Joeboy – “Sip”

4. Lojay & Sarz – “Monalisa”

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

6. Olamide Feat. Omah Lay – “Infinity”

7. Rema – “Soundgasm”

8. Wizkid Feat. Tems – “Essence”

Best West African Artiste Of The Year

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1. Amaarae (Ghana)

2. Angelique Kidjo (Benin)

3. Aya Nakamura (Mali)

4. Gyakie (Ghana)

5. Kidi (Ghana)

6. Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)

Best East African Artiste Of The Year

1. Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)

2. Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)

3. Harmonize (Tanzania)

4. Meddy (Rwanda)

5. Nikita Kering (Kenya)

6. Zuchu (Tanzania)

Best North African Artiste Of The Year

1. Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)

2. Elgrandetoto (Morocco)

3. Latifa (Tunisia)

4. Manal (Morocco)

5. Muhamad Ramadan (Egypt)

6. Soolking (Algeria)

Best Southern African Artiste Of The Year

1. Black Coffee (South Africa)

2. Dj Tarico (Mozambique)

3. Elaine (South Africa)

4. Focalistic (South Africa)

5. Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)

6. 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

1. “Gratitude” – Timaya

2. “Love Is War” – Prettyboy D-O

3. “Rainbow Riddim” – Shank

4. “Three” – Patoranking

5. “Yaadman Kingsize” – Yung L

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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

1. “9: Esan” – Brymo

2. “19 & Dangerous” – Ayra Starr

3. “Carpe Diem” – Olamide

4. “Legacy +” – Femi Kuti & Made Kuti

5. “Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)” – Wizkid

6. “Yabasi” – Basketmouth

Song Of The Year

“Celebrate Me” – Patoranking

“Doings” – Flavour Feat. Phyno

“Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems

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“High” – Adekunle Gold Feat. Davido

“Monalisa” – Lojay & Sarz

“Peru” – Fireboy Dml

Best Female Artiste



Tiwa Savage



Best Male Artiste

1. Adekunle Gold

2. Burna Boy

3. Davido

4. Flavour

5. Olamide

6. Wizkid

Next Rated

1. Ayra Starr

2. Bnxn

3. Lojay

4. Ruger

5. Zinoleesky

African Artiste Of The Year

1. Black Coffee (Nigeria)

2. Burna Boy (Nigeria)

3. Davido (Nigeria)

4. Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)

5. Soolking (Algeria)

6. Wizkid (Nigeria)

7. Aya Nakamura (Mali )

Lyricist On The Roll

1. A-Q – “The Last Cypher”

2. Blaqbonez – “The Last Cypher”

3. Jesse Jagz – “Vipers”

4. Ladipoe – “Providence”

5. Payper Corleone – “In Don We Trust”

6. Vector – “Crown Of Clay”

Humanitarian Award Of The Year

1. 2face Idibia

2. Ruggedman

3. Davido

4. Don Jazzy

East Central African Artiste Of The Year

1. Calema (Sao Tome & Principe)

2. Blanche Bailly (Cameroon)

3. Dadju (Dr Congo)

4. Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo)

5. Innoss’b (Dr Congo)

6. Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde)

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