Nigerian Singers, Wizkid, and Tems were at the 2022 fifteenth Annual Headies Awards, held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on Sunday- – and they were ‘large and in charge’.
The fifteenth Annual Headies Awards was held on Sunday September 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, with Wizkid and Tems walking away with top awards. Interestingly, the show was held beyond Nigeria for the first time.
The song “Essence,” which Wizkid and Tems chipped away at together, was a main 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2021 (with an assistance by Justin Bieber). “Essence” won Song Of The Year And Best R&B hit.
Wizkid won Album Of The Year for ‘Made in Lagos’ (Deluxe Edition), and Tems won best Female Artist And Best R&B Collection For ‘If Orange Was a Place’ notwithstanding their two joint successes. Burna Boy, Patoranking, FireBoyDML, Ayra Starr, and Bnxn all got two honours.
Patoranking won the Best Reggae And Dancehall Album for ‘Three’ as well as the Best Recording Of The Year for “Celebrate Me.” Burna Boy won Best Male Artiste And African Artiste Of The Year. Best Afrobeats Single and Best Music Video went to FireBoyDML for “Peru” and “Champion,” separately (featuring D Smoke).
For “Bloody Samaritan,” Ayra Starr won advanced artiste of the year and the Headies viewers’ choice award. As the featured artist on Ladipoe’s “Feeling,” Bnxn earned the Next rated: award and shared the prize for a best rap single.
Chris Brown defeated Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Nas to win worldwide talent of the year. The category is intended for non-African musicians or ensembles who have made remarkable contributions to the Afrobeats genre. The awards ceremony this year added three new categories: Best Inspirational Track, International Artiste Of The Year, And Digital Artiste Of The Year.
Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, FireBoyDML, Adekunle Gold, Davido, Flavour, Kcee, Buju, Lojay, Goya Menor, Cohbams, 2Baba, Joeboy, Rugier, Olamide, and Asake were among the performers at the event.
The Headies is the premier Nigerian/Pan African awards ceremony that honors the pinnacle of African music, culture, and afrobeat. The Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria founded the awards, which were originally known as the Hip Hop World Awards, in 2006 to honor great accomplishments in the Nigerian music sector.
The full list of winners below:
Best recording of the year: “Celebrate Me” – Patoranking
Album of the year: Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition) – Wizkid
Song of the year: “Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems
Best female artiste: Tems
Best male artiste: Burna Boy
Digital artiste of the year: Ayra Starr
Best streethop artiste: Goya Menor & Nektunez: “Amenor Amapiano Remix”
African Artiste of the year: Burna Boy (Nigeria)
International artiste recognition: Chris Brown
Best Central African artiste of the year: Innoss’b
Best West African artiste of the year: Gyakie (Ghana)
Best North African artiste of the year: Latifa (Tunisia)
Best Southern African artiste of the year: Focalistic (South Africa)
Best East African artiste of the year: Diamond Platinumz
Best vocal performance (male): Oxlade: Ojuju
Best vocal performance (female): Waje: “Last Time”
Lyricist on the roll: A-Q: “The Last Cypher”
Best rap single: “Feeling” – Ladipoe feat. Bnxn
Best music video: “Champion” (Fireboy DML Feat. D Smoke) Directed by Tg Omori
Best rap album: Carpe Diem – Olamide
Best reggae & dancehall album: Three – Patoranking
Producer of the year: Sarz – “Monalisa” By Lojay & Sarz
Best inspirational single: “Cultural Praise” – Kcee & Okwesili Eze Group
Songwriter of the year: Adekunle Gold – “Sinner”
Best R&B single: “Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems
Best Afrobeats single: “Peru” by Fireboy DML
Best alternative single: “Doings”: Flavour
Best alternative album: Intermission: Ibejii
Special recognition (outstanding impact on the entertainment industry): Efe Omorogbe, Sunday Are, Bose Ogulu
Special recognition (talent): D’banj
Headies’ viewer’s choice: Ayra Starr: Bloody Samaritan
Next rated: Bnxn
Best R&B album: If Orange Was a Place: Tems
Rookie of the year: Fave
Humanitarian award of the year: David