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The 16th Annual Headies Awards Complete List of Nominees 2023

The Headies Award was founded in 2006 and the core reason for its establishment is to recognise the amazing achievements of Nigerian artistes who has been doing so well for themselves.


Over the years, the Headies Award has grown to be one of the biggest and most anticipated award in Africa. The award is harbingered by huge expectations and fanfare wars which creates a huge buzz around it. So, it is not surprised that the award is one of the distinguished in Africa.

The Headies Award 16th edition is about to kick off and various deserving artistes has been nominated for the award in different categories. The nomination process started on the 22nd of March and ended on the 16th of June 2023. The nomination process is based on the year within review, which is January 2022 and March 2023.


The 16th annual Headies Award show is about to kick off and the nomination lists are out. Are you wondering whether your favourite artistes are nominated for the Headies Award? In this article, I will give a complete list of the nominees for the 16th annual Headies Award.

The 16th Annual Headies Awards Complete List of Nominees Announced


The list for the prestigious Headies Award nominees is out and many artistes who have done remarkably well within the year of review has been nominated. Below are the 16th Headies Award nominees in the various categories:

Rookie Of The Year


Odumodu Blvck

Best Recording Of The Year

Alone” – Burna Boy
“Soweto” – Victony & Tempoe
“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)

Songwriter Of The Year

Simi Kosoko, Godsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata – “Loyal” (Simi)
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
“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
“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

Best R&B Album

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

Best Alternative Album

Horoscopes – Basketmouth
Gbagada Express – Boj
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
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
Rave And Roses – Rema
Boy Alone – Omah Lay
Outlaw – Victony
Timeless – Davido

Song Of The Year

“Calm Down” – Rema
“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
Tiwa Savage

Best Male Artiste

Kizz Daniel
Omah Lay
Burna Boy

Next Rated

Young Jonn
Seyi Vibez

African Artiste Of The Year

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

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

Niniola – “Memories”
Simi – “Loyal”
Waje – “In Between“
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”

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

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”
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)”
Asake – “Joha”
Zlatan Ft. Young Jonn – “Astalavista”
Poco Lee & Hotkid – “Otilo”
Mohbad – “Peace”

Afrobeats Single Of The Year

“Last Last” – Burna Boy
“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”
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)
The Therapist (Liberia)
Camidoh (Ghana)

Best East African Artiste Of The Year

Diamond Platinumz
Eddy Kenzo
Hewan Gebreworld

Best North African Artiste Of The Year

Marwa Loud – Morocco
Wegz – Egypt
El Grande Toto – Morocco
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 – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Gaz Mawete – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Matias Damasio – Angola
Emma’a – Gabon
Libianca – Cameroon

International Artist Of The Year

Selena Gomez
Don Toliver
Ed Sheeran

Lyricist On The Roll

Ladipoe – “Clowns”
Vector – “Clowns”
Payper Corleone – “Fly Talk Only”
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
“Tobechukwu” – Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo
“I Get Backing” – Victoria Orenze

Digital Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy
Ayra Starr
Omah Lay
Kizz Daniel

International Artiste Recognition

Sean ‘Love’ Comb

Hall Of Fame

Youssou N’dour
Special Recognition

Sound Sultan

Final Thoughts

The nomination of the various outstanding artistes for the 16th annual Headies Award is now out and many popular outstanding and popular artistes made it to the various categories. You can always vote for your favourite artistes to win the various categories they were nominated in


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