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Complete List of Winners of the 2023 Headies Award

The Headies Award is one of the biggest award shows in Africa and its 16th edition was held on the 3rd of September, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for the second time. The Headies Award was established in 2006; it was founded to recognize deserving talents who have performed outstandingly within a given year in review.


The 16th annual Headies Award show was met with lots of surprises and twists as many artistes like Asake, Rema, Burna Boy, and many other talented artistes went home with many awards from the categories they were nominated in. Below is a list of the categories, nominees, and the winners:

Rookie Of The Year


Odumodu Blvck (Winner)

Best Recording Of The Year


Alone” – Burna Boy
“Soweto” – Victony & Tempoe (Winner)
“I’m A Mess” – Omah Lay
“Ku Lo Sa” – Oxlade
“Stand Strong” – Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir
“No Woman, No Cry” – Tems

Producer Of The Year


Magicsticks – “Sungba Remix” (Asake)
Pheelz – “Electricity” (Pheelz Ft Davido)
Andre Vibez & London – “Calm Down” (Rema)
Tempoe – “Soweto” (Victony & Tempoe)
Kel-P – “Kpe Paso” (Wande Coal & Olamide)
Rexxie – “Abracadabra” (Rexxie, Naira Marley, Skiibii & Wizkid) (Winner)

Songwriter Of The Year

Simi Kosoko, Godsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata – “Loyal” (Simi) (Winner)
Stanley Didia, Adebajo Adebanjo – “I’m A Mess” (Omah Lay)
Tems, Ludwig Goransson, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Ryan Coogler – “Lift Me Up” (Rihanna)
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Austin Jnr Iornongu Iwar, Peace Oredope, Ludwig Goransson – “Alone” (Burna Boy)
Daniel Benson – “In My Mind” (Bnxn)
Fuayefika Maxwell – “Earth Song” (Wizard Chan)

Best R&B Single

For My Hand” – Burna Boy Ft. Ed Sheeran (Winner)
“Mmadu” – Ckay
“Just 4 U” – Dami Oniru
“Red Wine” – Preye
“Hard To Find” – Chike – Ft. Flavour
“Loyal” – Simi Ft. Fave

Best Rap Single

Hustle” – Reminisce
“Big Energy” – Ladipoe
“Back In Uni” – Blaqbonez
“Bando Diaries” – Psychoyp
“Declan Rice” – Odumodublvck (Winner)
“My Bro” – Jeriq Ft. Phyno

Best ‘Alternative’ Song

“Earth Song” – Wizard Chan
“Final Champion” – Cruel Santino
“The Traveller” – Basketmouth Ft The Cavemen
“In A Loop” – Boj Ft Moliy & Mellissa
“Game Changer” (Dike) – Flavour
“Tinko Tinko” – Obongjayar (Winner)

Best R&B Album

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

Best Alternative Album

Horoscopes – Basketmouth
Gbagada Express – Boj (Winner)
Some Nights I Dream Of Doors – Obongjayar
Subaru Boys: Final Heaven – Cruel Santino
Heart Of The Heavenly Undeniable – Somadina
Native World – Native Sound System

Best Rap Album

Fly Talk Only – Payper Corleone
Palmwine Music Vol 3 – Show Dem Camp
Young Preacher – Blaqbonez (Winner)
Ypszn3 – Psychoyp
Teslim: The Energy Still Lives In Me – Vector
Billion Dollar Dream – Jeriq

Album Of The Year

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

Song Of The Year

“Calm Down” – Rema (Winner)
“Last Last” – Burna Boy
“Ku Lo Sa” – Oxlade
“Buga” – Kizz Daniel & Tekno
“Finesse” – Pheelz Ft. Bnxn
“Sungba Remix” – Asake Ft. Burna Boy

Best Female Artiste

Ayra Starr (Winner)
Tiwa Savage

Best Male Artiste

Rema (Winner)
Kizz Daniel
Omah Lay
Burna Boy

Next Rated

Young Jonn
Seyi Vibez
Asake (Winner)

African Artiste Of The Year

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

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

Niniola – “Memories”
Simi – “Loyal”
Waje – “In Between” (Winner)
Liya – “Adua Remix”
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” (Winner)

Best Music Video
Blaqbonez & Perliks – “Back In Uni”
Tg Omori – “Pbuy” (Asake)
Director Pink – “Spell Remix” (Chike & Oxlade)
Tg Omori – “Bandana” (Fireboy & Asake)
Director K – “Common Person” (Burna Boy)
Director K – “Calm Down” (Rema) (Winner)

Best Collaboration

Asake Ft. Burna Boy – “Sungba Remix”
Bnxn Ft Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez – “Gwagwalada”
Pheelz Ft Bnxn – “Finesse”
Spyro Ft. Tiwa Savage – “Who’s Your Guy Remix” (Winner)
Pheelz Ft Davido – “Electricity”
Wande Coal Ft. Olamide – “Kpe Paso”

Best Street-Hop Artiste

Rexxie Ft. Naira Marley & Skiibii – “Abracadabra”
Seyi Vibez – “Chance (Na Ham)” (Winner)
Asake – “Joha”
Zlatan Ft. Young Jonn – “Astalavista”
Poco Lee & Hotkid – “Otilo”
Mohbad – “Peace”

Afrobeats Single Of The Year

“Last Last” – Burna Boy (Winner)
“Rush” – Ayra Starr
“Buga” – Kizz Daniel & Tekno
“Finesse” – Pheelz Ft Bnxn
“Who’s Your Guy?” – Spyro
“Asiwaju” – Ruger

Headies’ Viewers’ Choice

Ruger – “Asiwaju”
Victony & Tempoe – “Soweto” (Winner)
Fireboy Dml & Asake – “Bandana”
Ayra Star – “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

Diamond Platinumz (Winner)
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 (Winner)
Dj Tarico – Mozambique

Best Central African Artiste Of The Year

Fally Ipupa – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Gaz Mawete – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Matias Damasio – Angola
Emma’a – Gabon
Libianca – Cameroon (Winner)

International Artist Of The Year

Selena Gomez (Winner)
Don Toliver
Ed Sheeran

Lyricist On The Roll

Ladipoe – “Clowns”
Vector – “Clowns”
Payper Corleone – “Fly Talk Only” (Winner)
Alpha Ojini – “Vigilante Bop”
A-Q – “Family First”
Tec (Sdc) – “Live Life”

Best Inspirational Single

“Stand Strong” – Davido Ft Sunday Service Choir
“Jireh (My Provider)” – Limoblaze, Lecrae & Happi Music
“This Year” – Victor Thompson & Ehis ‘d’ Greatest
“Eze Ebube” – Neon Adejo (Winner)
“Tobechukwu” – Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo
“I Get Backing” – Victoria Orenze

Digital Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy
Ayra Starr
Rema (Winner)
Omah Lay
Kizz Daniel

International Artiste Recognition

Sean ‘Love’ Comb

Hall Of Fame

Youssou N’dour
Special Recognition

Sound Sultan

Final Thoughts

The 16th edition of the Headies Award saw many artistes winning big. In this article, I went into detail on the complete list of winners of the 2023 Headies Award.


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