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Headies Awards 2023 Winners | See Full List



Asake’s win at the Headies is a remarkable achievement for an artist who started his career just a few years ago. His rise to fame is a testament to the power of talent and hard work. Asake’s win is also a refreshing reminder that the Nigerian music industry is still capable of producing top-notch talent.

The Next Rated Award is a coveted prize in the Nigerian music industry. It is given to the artist who has shown the most potential and growth over the past year. To receive the award, Asake had to beat out some of Nigeria’s most talented artists. His victory is a sign that Nigerian music is alive and well, and that new talent is still emerging.

Asake’s win is a huge deal for him and his fans. It is a sign that he is well on his way to becoming one of Nigeria’s biggest stars. For aspiring artists, his success is a lesson that hard work and dedication can lead to great success. Asake’s win is also a reminder of the immense potential of the Nigerian music industry.

Next Rated Award:

  • Young Jonn
  • Seyi Vibez
  • Asake (WINNER)
  • Victony
  • Spyro

Best Recording of The Year:

  • Burna Boy – Alone Victony,
  • Tempoe – Soweto (WINNER)
  • Omah Lay – I’m a mess
  • Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
  • Davido, SSC – Stand Strong
  • Tems – No Woman, No Cry

Producer of The Year :

  • Magicsticks – Sungba Remix
  • Pheelz – Electricity
  • Andre Vibez, London – Calm Down
  • Tempoe – Soweto
  • Kel P – Kpe Paso
  • Rexxie – Abracadabra Remix (WINNER)

Songwriter of The Year:

  • Simi – Royal
  • Omah Lay – I’m a mess
  • Tems – Lift me Up
  • Burna Boy – Alone
  • BNXN – In my mind
  • Wizard Chan – Earth Song

Best RnB Single:

  • Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran – For my mind
  • Ckay – Mmadu
  • Dami Oniru – Just 4 U
  • Preye – Red Wine Chike,
  • Flavour – Hard to find
  • Simi, Fave – Loyal

Best Rap Single:

  • Reminisce – Hustle
  • Ladipoe – Big Energy
  • Blaqbonez – Back in Uni
  • Psycho YP – Bando Diaries
  • OdumoduBlvck – Declan Rice
  • Jeriq, Phyno – My Bro

Best Alternative Song:

  • Wizard Chan – Earth song
  • Cruel Santino – Final champion
  • Basketmouth, The Cavemen – The Traveller
  • Boj, Moliy, Mellissa – In a loop
  • Flavour – Game Changer (Dike)
  • Obongjayar – Tinko Tinko (WINNER)

Best Vocal Performance (Female):

  • Niniola – Memories Simi – Loyal
  • Liya – Adua Remix
  • Waje – In Between (WINNER)
  • Preye – Red wine
  • Dami Oniru – Just 4 U

Best Vocal Performance (Male):

  • Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
  • Ric Hassani – My only baby
  • Magixx – Love Don’t Cost A Dime
  • Chike – Spell Remix
  • Praiz – Reckless
  • Wande Coal – Kpe Paso

Best Music Video:

  • Blaqbonez, Perliks – Back in Uni
  • TG Omori – PBUY
  • Director Pink – Spell Remix
  • Director K – Common Person
  • TG Omori – Bandana
  • Director K – Calm Down (WINNER)

Best Collaboration :

  • Asake, Burna Boy – Sungba Remix
  • BNXN, Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez – Gwagwalada
  • Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
  • Spyro, Tiwa Savage – Who’s Your Guy Remix (WINNER)
  • Pheelz, Davido – Electricity
  • Wande Coal, Olamide – Kpe Paso

Best Street-Hop Artiste:

  • Rexxie, Naira Marley, Skiibii – Abracadabra
  • Seyi Vibez – Chance (Na Ham) (WINNER)
  • Asake – Joha
  • Poco Lee, HotKid – Otilo Zlatan,
  • Young Jonn – Astalavista
  • Mohbad – Peace

Afrobeats Single of The Year The nominees are:

  • Burna Boy – Last Last (WINNER)
  • Ayra Starr – Rush
  • Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga
  • Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
  • Spyro – Who’s Your Guy
  • Ruger – Asiwaju

Headies Viewers’ Choice:

  • Ruger – Asiwaju
  • Victony, Tempoe – Soweto (WINNER)
  • Fireboy DML, Asake – Bandana
  • Ayra Starr – Rush
  • Asake – Terminator
  • Mavins – Overloading (Overdose)
  • Crayon – Ijo (Laba Laba)
  • Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
  • Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga
  • Pheelz, Davido – Electricity

Best West African Artiste of The Year :  

  • Gyakie (Ghana)  
  • Black Sherif (Ghana)  (WINNER)
  • The Therapist (Liberia)  
  • Camidoh (Ghana)

Best East African artiste of the year:

  • Zuchu
  • Diamond Platnumz (WINNER)
  • Rayvanny
  • Eddy Kenzo
  • Hewan
  • Gebreworld

Best North African Artiste of The Year:  

  • Marwa Loud (Morocco)  
  • Wegz (Egypt)  
  • El Grande Toto (Morocco)  (WINNER)
  • Soolking (Algeria)

Best Southern African Artiste of The Year:  

  • AKA (South Africa)
  • Nasty C (South Africa)  
  • Costa Titch (South Africa)
  • Uncle Waffles (South Africa)  
  • Focalistic (South Africa)  
  • DJ Tarico (Mozambique)

Best Central African Artiste of The Year:  

  • Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)  
  • Gaz Mawete (DR Congo)  
  • Matias Damiaso (Angola)
  • Emma’A (Gabon)  
  • Libianca (Cameroon) (WINNER)

Best RnB Album:

  • Johnny Drille – Home
  • Chike – The Brother’s Keeper (WINNER)
  • Praiz – Reckless
  • Waje – Waje 2.0
  • Dami Oniru – Matter of Time
  • Simi – To Be Honest

Best Alternative Album:

  • Basketmouth – Horoscopes
  • BOJ – Gbagada Express
  • Obongjayar – Some Nights I Dream of Doors
  • Cruel Santino – Subaru Boys: Final Heaven
  • Somadina – Heart of The Heavenly Undeniable
  • Native Sound System – Native World

Best Rap Album:

  • Payper Corleone – Fly Talk Only (WINNER)
  • Show Dem Camp – Palmwine Music Vol. 3
  • Blaqbonez – Young Preacher
  • Psycho YP – YPSZN3
  • Vector – TESLIM
  • Jeriq – Billion Dollar Dream

Album of The Year:

  • Burna Boy – Love, Damini
  • Asake – Mr. Money With The Vibe (WINNER)
  • Rema – Rave & Roses
  • Omah Lay – Boy Alone
  • Victony – Outlaw
  • Davido – Timeless

Song of The Year:

  • Rema – Calm Down
  • Burna Boy – Last Last (WINNER)
  • Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa
  • Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga
  • Pheelz, BNXN – Finesse
  • Asake, Burna Boy – Sungba Remix

Best Female Artiste:

  • Tems
  • Simi
  • Tiwa Savage
  • Ayra Starr (WINNER)

Best Male Artiste:

  • Asake
  • Rema
  • Kizz Daniel
  • Ruger
  • Omah Lay
  • Burna Boy

African Artiste of The Year:  

  • Rema (Nigeria)  (WINNER)
  • Burna Boy (Nigeria)  
  • Marwa Loud (Morocco)  
  • Black Sherif (Ghana)  
  • Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Lyricist on The Roll:

  • Ladipoe – Clowns
  • Vector – Clowns
  • Payper Corleone – Fly Talk Only (WINNER)
  • Alpha Ojini – Vigilante Bop
  • A-Q – Family First
  • Tec (Show Dem Camp) – Live Life

Best Inspirational Single:

  • Davido, SSC – Stand Strong
  • Limoblaze, Lecrae, Happi Music – Jireh (My Provider)
  • Victor Thompson, Ehiz D Greatest – This Year
  • Neon Adejo – Eze Ebube (WINNER)
  • Nathaniel Bassey, Mercy Chinwo – Tobechukwu
  • Victoria Orenze – I Get Backing

Digital Artiste of The Year:

  • Burna Boy
  • Ayra Starr
  • Rema (WINNER)
  • Omah Lay
  • Kizz Daniel
  • Asake

International Artiste of the Year:

  • Drake
  • Future
  • Selena Gomez (WINNER)
  • Don Toliver
  • Ed Sheeran

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Segun Junior Adebayo AKA “DJ Pen” Who Claims To Work For Naija Radio FM Is A Criminal/Scammer (Screenshot)



This is to notify the general public of one Segun Junior Adebayo who claims to work with Naija Radio FM is a scammer and a criminal. He operates by contacting upcoming artist on their social media with claims of working with major publishing platforms and blogs.

He operates using an Opay Account 9026217513 to defraud his unsuspecting clients. Please if you have been defrauded by Segun Junior Adebayo or have information about his whereabout, please provide information immediately to get a reward instantly.

Relevant agencies are working round the clock to apprehend the criminal after defrauding an upcoming artist of over 10 Million Naira.

This is also to notify the general public to desist from doing business with the criminal.

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“Why it’s difficult for me to work with Davido” – Producer, Sarz



Osabuohien Osaretin, also known as Sarz, a veteran Nigerian song producer, has stated why working with Afrobeats singer Davido is a challenge for him.

Sarz stated in an interview with Cool FM Nigeria in Lagos that he has made multiple fruitless attempts to collaborate with Davido.

He said, “Davido and I have worked but I don’t just know why it never comes out.

“I think the way he works and the way I work are very different. I feel like that is a big difference.

“A lot of times when I get in a session with him, there are just like so many people but I’m very used to working with the artist and maybe like two other people alone. So, when there is so many people, I can’t concentrate.

“And I think he feeds off that. So, it clashes sometimes. This is from perspective. I don’t know what he thinks.

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I regret not signing Olamide – Akon



Akon, a Senegalese-American artist, has expressed regret for not signing Nigerian indigenous rapper Olamide Adedeji, often known as Olamide or Baddo, some years ago.

He stated that the YBNL leader was his favourite artiste at the time.

Akon expressed remorse for not signing the rapper in a Skype interview with OAP, Oladotun Ojuolape Kayode, nicknamed Do2Tun, of Cool FM, Lagos.

I would probably say Olamide is the one Nigerian I wish I had signed with.” To be honest, I wish I had signed Olamide because he would have signed a slew of new musicians regardless.

“Before reinventing himself as a music executive, Olamide was my favourite artist.” “I told him he was my favourite artist the first time we met,” Akon said.

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