Nigeria’s most anticipated award of the year, the Headies Music Awards held on Saturday, October 19. The 13th edition of the Headies Award which took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, was full of glitz and glamour, as Nigerian celebs turned up looking all elegant and classy. Great performances made the night a really entertaining one, however, the night was not just about performances, it was a night to reward talent. Various awards were given to different artist for their works within the year in focus.
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Nigerian Afropop rapper, and Teniola Apata, fast-rising singer better known as Teni, were among the biggest winners at the 13th Headies Awards.
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana won in the ‘Best Rap Single’ and ‘Best Rap Album’ categories among others while Teni emerged winner in the ‘Best Vocal Performance’, ‘Best Recording For The Year’ and ‘Best Pop Single’ categories among others.
Other artistes who won are: Johnny Drille; Burna Boy, Barry Jhay, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy and Zlatan Ibile.
The award ceremony took place on Saturday night at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.
The 13th edition of the Headies, formerly known as the Hip Hop World award, was hosted by Nancy Isime, an actress and TV host; and Reminisce, renowned rap star.
Below are the winners (in bold):
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’
Waje – ‘Udue’
Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’ (WINNER)
Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’
Falana – ‘Repeat’
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’
Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’
Nonso Bassey – ‘411’
Funbi – ‘Serenade’
Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’ (WINNER)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.
Barry Jhay (WINNER)
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
Erigga – ‘Motivation’
Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’ (WINNER)
Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’
Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’
Lyta – ‘Time’
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.
Adekunle Gold – Ire
Heal D World – Patoranking
Olanrewaju – Brymo
Uyo Meyo – Teni (WINNER)
Ye – Burna Boy
BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
‘Talk’ – Falz (WINNER)
‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce
‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide
‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini
‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
‘Cash’ – Lady Donli
‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems
‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille (WINNER)
‘Heya’ – Brymo
‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold
BEST RAP ALBUM
A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.
‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz (WINNER)
‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon
‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga
‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp
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.
YCEE – ‘Balance’
Boogey – ‘Implode’
Paybac – ‘Implode’
Ghost – ‘Crown’
Tec – ‘Crown’
AQ – ‘Crown’ (WINNER)
A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee
‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido
‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan (WINNER)
‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi
A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.
Yemi Alade (WINNER)
BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE
‘Serenade’ – Funbi
‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni
‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld
‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown (WINNER)
BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).
‘Ye’ – Burna Boy
‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD
‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid
‘Case’ – Teni (WINNER)
‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML
‘Baby’ – Joeboy
BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM
A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
‘rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)
‘Outside’ – Burna Boy
‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel
‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun (WINNER)
‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold
HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.