The Headies have released the nominees for this year’s awards ceremony and already the controversies are out in full dress parade. Cue in Vic O who is livid he didn’t get a single nomination being so “talented” and all (we feel your pain Vic O).
However, music stars like Wizkid got a lot of love leading the pack with seven nominations in categories including Recording of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album, Best Pop Single, Best Collabo, Album of the Year, Artiste of the year, and Song of the Year and Olamide, Davido, Yemi Alade and P-Square all got nominated in the Artiste of the Year category… so let the games begin.
Getting nominated is a huge honour but here’s who we predict to take home the prize.
Here’s the complete list of nominees:
Best Recording Of The Year
A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in the year under review.
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid (WINNER)
2. Eyo – Asa
3. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo
4. Bez – There’s A Fire
5. Cobhams – Do the right Thing
Producer Of The Year
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
1. Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello) (WINNER)
2. Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour)
3. Young John – Bobo (Olamide)
4. Shizzi – Fans Mi (Davido)
5. Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba
6. Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)
Best Music Video
A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review.
This award goes to the video director.
1. Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex
2. Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi (WINNER)
3. The Sound (Davido Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan
4. Katapot (Reekado Banks) – Unlimited LA
5. Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters
A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. Bed of Stone – Asa
2. AYO – Wizkid (WINNER)
3. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
4. Rich & Famous – Praiz
5. Double Trouble – Psquare
Best R&B Single
A category for the best R&B single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
1. Heartbeat – Praiz
2. Baby Daddy – Iyanya (WINNER)
3. Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid
4. Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez
5. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo
Best Pop Single
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid (WINNER)
2. Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy
3. My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal
4. Woju – Kiss Daniel
5. Godwin – Korede Bello
6. Bobo – Olamide
Best Reggae/Dancehall Single
A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. German Juice – Cynthia Morgan
2. Sanko – Timaya
3. My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya
4. Daniella Whyne – Patoranking (WINNER)
5. Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy
6. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
1. Baba Hafusa – Reminisce
2. Street OT – Olamide (WINNER)
3. Chairman – M.I.
4. Above Ground Level – Modenine
A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
1. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno
2. Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia
3. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
4. Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & Davido (WINNER)
5. Do The right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez
6. Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap.
1. King Kong – Vector
2. Bad Belle – M.I (WINNER)
3. Bank Alert – Ill Bliss
4. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno & Stomrex
5. G.O.D – T.R
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
1. Praiz – If I fall
2. Shaydee – High
3. Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well
4. Cobhams – Do The Right Thing (WINNER)
5. Bez – There’s A Fire
Best Vocal Performance (Female)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
1. Waje – Coco Baby
2. Aramide – Iwo Nikan
3. Asa – Bed of Stone (WINNER)
4. Simi – Tiff
5. Yemi Alade – Duro Timi
This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming act in the year under review.
1. Reekado Bankz
2. Kiss Daniel
3. Cynthia Morgan
4. Korede Bello (WINNER)
A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
1. Praiz – Rich n Famous
2. Yemi Alade – King of Queens
3. Skales – Man of the Year (WINNER)
A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
1. Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno (WINNER)
2. Vector – King Kong
3. Reminisce – Baba Hafusa
4. G.O.D – T.R
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should contain lingua,which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
1. Reminisce – Skilashi
2. Olamide – Bobo (WINNER)
3. Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer
4. Masterkraft feat. Olamide, CDQ and David O – Indomie
5. Falz The Bad Guy – Hello Bae
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.
1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
2. Bez – There’s A Fire
3. Asa – Satan Be Gone (WINNER)
4. Adekunle Gold – Sade
5. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
6. Simi – Tiff
A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).
1. Rich n Famous – Praiz
2. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
3. Street OT – Olamide
4. Chairman – M.I.
5. AYO– Wizkid (WINNER)
6. Double Trouble – P Square
Artiste Of The Year
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
3. Wizkid (WINNER)
4. Yemi Alade
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid (WINNER)
2. Godwin – Korede Bello
3. Kiss Daniel – Woju
4. Olamide – Bobo
African Artiste Of The Year
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.
1. Diamond Platnumz
2. Cassper Nyovest
5. AKA (WINNER)
Hall Of Fame
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.