Wizkid, Portable, Burna Boy, Davido, Others Score 2022 Headies Awards Nominations (Full List)  

Organisers have released the official nominations list for 2022 Headies Awards with Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, Portable, Tiwa Savage, Diddy and many others getting at least one nod.

 See the full list below;

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

1 AV
2. FAVE
3. MAGIXX
4. PORTABLE
5. UGOCCIE

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.

“CELEBRATE ME” – PATORANKING ( @patorankingfire)
“ESSENCE” – WIZKID ( @wizkidayo ) FEAT. TEMS (@temsbaby )
“JOY” – FALANA ( @falanamusic )
“LOVING IS HARDER” – JOHNNY DRILLE ( @johnnydrille )
“MEJI MEJI” – BRYMO ( @brymolawale )
“SOMEBODY’S SON” – TIWA SAVAGE ( @tiwasavage ) FEAT. BRANDY( @brandy)

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
BEATS BY JAYY – “GOLDEN” (A-Q)
BLAISE BEATZ – “SINNER” (ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. LUCKY DAYE)
NIPHKEYS – “FEEL GOOD” (MOHBAD)
P PRIIME – “OZUMBA MBADIWE” (REEKADO BANKS)
PHEELZ – “HIGH” (ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. DAVIDO)
SARZ – “MONALISA” (LOJAY & SARZ)

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

1. “BABY RIDDIM” – FAVE ( @faveszn )
2. “BEGGIE BEGGIE” – AYRA STARR ( @ayrastarr ) FEAT. CKAY ( @ckay_yo )
3. “ESSENCE” – WIZKID ( @wizkidayo ) FEAT. TEMS (@temsbaby )
4. “RUNNING (TO YOU)” – CHIKE ( @officialchike ) FEAT. SIMI ( @symplysimi )
5. “PROMISE” – NINIOLA ( @officialniniola )
6. “SINNER” – ADEKUNLE GOLD ( @adekunlegold ) FEAT. LUCK DAYE ( @luckydaye )

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:

A non-voting category for the writer of a song (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence, composition, arrangement, rendition) in the year under review.

1. ADEKUNLE GOLD – “SINNER” ( @adekunlegold )
2. AJEBO HUSTLERS – “LOYALTY”( @ajebo_hustlers )
3. BRYMO – “MEJI MEJI” ( @brymolawale )
4. FALANA – “JOY”( @falanamusic )
5. FIREBOY DML – “PERU” ( @fireboydml )
6. OMAH LAY – “UNDERSTAND” ( @omah_lay )

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

1. “BREATHE” – A-Q ( @thisisaq ) FEAT CHIKE (@officialchike )
2. “CROWN OF CLAY” – VECTOR & MI ABAGA FEAT. PHEELZ (@vectorthaviper & @mi_abaga ft @pheelzmrproducer )
3. “EARLY MOMO” – VECTOR (@vectorthaviper ) FEAT. GOODGIRL LA (@iamgoodgirlla )
4. “FEELING” – LADIPOE (@ladipoe ) FEAT. BNXN (@toyourears )
5. “TYCOON” – SHOW DEM CAMP ( @showdemcamp ) FEAT. REMINISCE & MOJO ( @iamreminsce & @mojo_nsg )
6. “LOADING” – OLAMIDE ( @olamide ) FEAT BAD BOY TIMZ ( @badboytimz )

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. “DOINGS” – FLAVOUR ( @2niteflavor )
2. “FREE YOUR MIND” – MADE KUTI ( @madekuti )
3. “GONTO” – IBEJII ( @ibejiimusic )
4. “HUSTLE” – BASKETMOUTH, THE CAVEMEN, BEZ, DICE AILES ( basketmouth ft @the.cavemen @beziaduka @dice_ailes )
5. “MEJI MEJI” – BRYMO ( @brymolawale )
6. “SELENSE” – THE CAVEMEN ( @the.cavemen )

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) sponsored by @lushhairnigeria

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

1. AYRA STARR – “TOXIC” ( @ayrastarr )
2. LIYA – “ALARI” ( @yes_liya )
3. NINIOLA – “6TH HEAVEN” ( @officialniniola )
4. SIMI – “RUNNING (TO YOU)” ( @symplysimi )
5. TEMS – “ESSENCE” ( @temsbaby )
6. WAJE – “LAST TIME” ( @officialwaje )

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

1. BRYMO – “MEJI MEJI” ( @brymolawale )
2. JOHNNY DRILLE – “LOVING IS HARDER”( @johnnydrille )
3. OXLADE – “OJUJU” ( @oxladeofficial )
4. RIC HASSANI – “WHEN I’M GONE” ( @richassani )
5. TAY IWAR – “PEAKING” ( @tayiwar )

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.

“CHAMPION” – (FIREBOY DML FEAT. D SMOKE) DIRECTED BY TG OMORI (@boy_director )
“GINGER” – (WIZKID FEAT. BURNA BOY) DIRECTED BY MEJI ALABI ( @mejialabi )
“ROJU” – (CHIKE) DIRECTED BY PINK ( @dayamund )
“RAIN” – (YEMI ALADE FEAT. MZANSI YOUTH CHOIR) DIRECTED BY OVIE ETSEYATSE ( @ov.ie )
“BLING” – (BLAQBONEZ FEAT. AMAARAE & BNXN) DIRECTED BY TG OMORI (@boy_director )
“RUNNING” – (LADIPOE FEAT. FIREBOY DML) DIRECTED BY DIRECTOR K (@dir.k )

BEST COLLABORATION

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

1. “BEGGIE BEGGIE” – AYRA STARR ( @ayrastarr ) FEAT. CKAY (@ckay_yo )
2. “BLING” – BLAQBONEZ (@blaqbonez ) FEAT. AMAARAE & BNXN (@amaarae & @toyourears )
3. “EARLY MOMO” – VECTOR ( @vectorthaviper ) FEAT. GOODGIRL LA ( @iamgoodgirlla )
4. “ESSENCE” – WIZKID ( @wizkdayo ) FEAT. TEMS ( @temsbaby )
5. “FEELING” – LADIPOE ( @ladipoe ) FEAT. BNXN ( @toyourears
“RUNNING (TO YOU)” – CHIKE (@officialchike ) FEAT. SIMI ( @symplysimi )

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

1. BELLA SHMURDA – “CASH APP” FEAT. ZLATAN & LINCOlN ( @bella_shmurda )
2. REXXIE & MOHBAD – “KPK” ( @rexxiepondabeat x @iammohbad)
3. MOHBAD – “FEEL GOOD” ( @iammohbad )
4. NAIRA MARLEY – “KOLEYEWON” ( @nairamarley )
5. NEKTUNEZ & GOYA MENOR – “AMENO AMAPIANO (REMIX)” ( @nektunez x @goya_menor )
6. POCO LEE, PORTABLE & OLAMIDE – “ZAZOO ZEHH” (@portablebaeby x @poco_lee x @ olamide )

BEST AFROBEATS SINGLE OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best Afrobeats single in year under review (by single individual or group).
“BLOODY SAMARITAN” – AYRA STARR (@ayrastarr )
“BOUNCE” – RUGER ( @rugerofficial )
HIGH” – ADEKUNLE GOLD (adekunlegold ) FEAT. DAVIDO (@davido )
“MONALISA” – LOJAY & SARZ ( @lojaymusic & @only1sarz )
“OZUMBA MBADIWE” – REEKADO BANKS ( @reekadobanks )
“PERU” – FIREBOY DML (@fireboydml)

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

1. AYRA STARR – “BLOODY SAMARITAN” ( @ayrastarr )
2. FIREBOY – “PERU” ( @fireboydml )
3. JOEBOY – “SIP” ( @joeboyofficial )
4. LOJAY & SARZ – “MONALISA” ( @lojaymusic x @only1sarz )
5. NEKTUNEZ & GOYA MENOR – “AMENO AMAPIANO (REMIX)” ( @nektunez x @goya_menor )
6. OLAMIDE FEAT. OMAH LAY – “INFINITY” ( @olamide ft @omah_lay )
7. REMA – “SOUNDGASM” ( @heisrema )
8. WIZKID FEAT. TEMS – “ESSENCE” ( @wizkidayo ft @temsbaby

BEST WEST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Western African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

1. AMAARAE (GHANA)
2. ANGELIQUE KIDJO (BENIN)
3. AYA NAKAMURA (MALI)
4. GYAKIE (GHANA)
5. KIDI (GHANA)
6. NELSON FREITAS (CAPE VERDE)

BEST EAST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Eastern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

1. DIAMOND PLATINUMZ (TANZANIA)
2. EDDY KENZO (UGANDA)
3. HARMONIZE (TANZANIA)
4. MEDDY (RWANDA)
5. NIKITA KERING (KENYA)
6. ZUCHU (TANZANIA)

BEST NORTH AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Northern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

1. EMEL MATHLOUTHI (TUNISIA)
2. ELGRANDETOTO (MOROCCO)
3. LATIFA (TUNISIA)
4. MANAL (MOROCCO)
5. MUHAMAD RAMADAN (EGYPT)
6. SOOLKING (ALGERIA)

BEST SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

A voting award category for an individual African artiste or group (of Southern African Descent) with the most outstanding achievement and impact across Africa in the year under review.

1. BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
2. DJ TARICO (MOZAMBIQUE)
3. ELAINE (SOUTH AFRICA)
4. FOCALISTIC (SOUTH AFRICA)
5. JAH PRAYZAH (ZIMBABWE)
6. SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)

BEST AFROBEATS ALBUM

“19 AND DANGEROUS” – AYRA STARR
“A BETTER TIME” – DAVIDO
“BARNABAS” – KIZZ DANIEL
“MADE IN LAGOS (DELUXE EDITION) – WIZKID
“KPOS LIFESTYLE” – AJEBO HUSTLERS
“WONDAlAND” – TENI

BEST REGGAE & DANCEHALL ALBUM

“GRATITUde” – TIMAYA
“LOVE IS WAR” – PRETTYBOYD-O
“RAINBOW RIDDIM” – SHANK
“THREE” – PATORANKING
“YAADMAN KINGSIZE” – YUNG L

BEST R&B ALBUM

“BEFORE WE, FALL ASLEEP” – JOHNNY DRILLE
“IF ORANGE WAS A PLACE” – TEMS
“LOVE DEEP HIGH LIFE” – OMAWUMI
“RISING” – FALANA
“THE PRINCE I BECAME” – RIC HASSANI
“WATER AND GARRI” – TIWA SAVAGE

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

“9: ESAN” -BRYMO
“LOVE AND HIGHLIFE” – THE CAVEMEN
“YABASI” – BASKETMOUTH
“INTERMISSION” – IBEJII
“LEGACY +” – FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI
“P.S. THANK YOU FOR WAITING” – WAVY THE CREATOR

BEST RAP ALBUM

“CARPE DIEM” – OLAMIDE
“MAFIA CULTURE, VOL. 2.0 – Dowest
“SEX OVER LOVE” – BLAQBONEZ
CLONE WAR VOL 5-THE ALGORITHM” – SHOW DEM CAMP
“PROVIDENCE” – LADIPOE
“GOLDEN” – AQ

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

“9: ESAN” – BRYMO
“LEGACY +” – FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI
“YABASI” – BASKETMOUTH
” 19 & DANGEROUS” – AYRA STARR
“CARPE DIEM” – OLAMIDE
“MADE IN LAGOS (DELUXE EDITION)” – WIZKID

SONG OF THE YEAR

“CELEBRATE MEM – PATORANKING
“DOINGS” – FLAVOUR FEAT. PHYNO
“ESSENCE” – WIZKID FEAT. TEMS
“HIGH” – ADEKUNLE GOLD FEAT. DAVIDO
“MONALISA” – LOJAY & SARZ
“PERU” – FIREBOY DML

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE

SIMI
TEMS
TIWA SAVAGE
TENI
NINIOLA

BEST MALE ARTISTE

ADEKUNLE GOLD
FLAVOUR
WIZKID
BURNA BOY
DAVIDO
OLAMIDE

NEXT RATED

AYRA STARR
RUGER
BNXN
LOJAY
ZINOLEESKY

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)
DIAMOND PLATINUMZ (TANZANIA)
WIZKID (NIGERIA)
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)
DAVIDO (NIGERIA)
SOOLKING (ALGERIA)
AYA NAKAMURA (MALI)

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE RECOGNITION

WYCLEF JEAN
AKON
DIDDY

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

EFE OMOROGE
BOSE OGULU
SUNDAY ARE

HALL OF FAME

ANGELIQUE KIDJO

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

“THE LAST CYPHER” – A-Q
“PROVIDENCE” – LADIPOE
“CROWN OF CLAY” – VECTOR
“THE LAST CYPHER” – BLAQBONEZ
“VIPERS” – JESSE JAGZ
“IN DON WE TRUST” – PAYPER CORLEONE

HUMANITARIAN AWARD OF THE YEAR

2FACE IDIBIA
RUGGEDMAN
DAVIDO
DON JAZZY

BEST CENTRAL AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

CALEMA (SAO TOME & PRINCIPE)
SORAIA RAMOS (CAPE VERDE)
FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)
DADJU (DR CONGO)
BLANCHE BAILLY (CAMEROON)
INNOSS’B (DR CONGO)

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