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‪The Headies are back, and Wizkid, Davido and Olamide lead the nominees list

The Headies 2018

We have all been waiting for the Headies, one of Nigeria’s most popular award shows. Shifted from late December or early January when it usually held, the most prestigious music award in Nigeria (arguably) is finally back and would hold on the 5th of May 2018.

In its 12th edition, Davido who has 6 nods leads the nominee-list. Wizkid, Olamide and Adekunle Gold follow him closely with 5 nominations each. Tiwa Savage, Kiss Daniel, and Johnny Drille got four (4) nominations each while Flavour, Nonso Amadi, Banky W, Niniola, Runtown, Phyno, and Reminisce cupped 3 Nominations respectively. The organizers are also introducing new categories – The Viewer’s Choice Award, Best Performer category and a special category to recognize the efforts of brands that have supported the entertainment industry for the past 3 years.

‪The Nominees’ party holds on the 29th of April in Abuja while the main event is scheduled for 5th of May 2018 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

‪See the full list of nominees below.

Note, the period in review is from July 2016 to December 2017.

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.

‪1.      Butterflies – Omawumi

‪2.      Halleluyah – Funbi

‪3.      Ponmile – Reminisce

‪4.      Heaven – Banky W

‪5.      Joromi – Simi

Best Pop Single

‪A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‪1.      Mad Over You – Runtown

‪2.      All Over – Tiwa Savage

‪3.      Yeba – Kiss Daniel

‪4.      Iskaba – Wande Coal And Dj Tunez

‪5.      If– Davido

‪6.      Fia – Davido

Producer Of The Year

‪An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

‪1.       (Fall, Mama) Kidominant

‪2.      (Iskaba, Malo) Spellz

‪3.       (If, Rara) Tekno

‪4.      (Maradona, Come Closer) Sarz

‪5.       Yawa, Virtuous Woman- Master Kraft

Best Reggae/Dancehall Single

‪A category for the best reggae/dancehall single in the year under review (by single individual or group).

‪1.       Love You Die – Patoranking Ft. Diamond Platnumz

‪2.      Dance – Timaya Ft. Rudeboy

‪3.       Holy Holy – 2baba

‪4.      Rock Your Body – Burna Boy

‪5.       Come Closer – Wizkid

‪6.      Sofa – Kiss Daniel

Best Rap Album

‪A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review

‪1.       27 – Falz

‪2.      Trip To The South – Erigga

‪3.       El Hadj – Reminisce

‪4.      The Playmaker – Phyno

‪5.       The Glory – Olamide

‪6.      Rose – Aq

Best R&B/Pop Album

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

‪1.       Sounds From The Other Side – Wizkid

‪2.      Timeless – Omawumi

‪3.       Simisola – Simi

‪4.      Gold – Adekunle Gold

‪5.       Ijele The Traveller – Flavor

‪6.      This Is Me – Niniola

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.       Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid (Meji Alabi)

‪2.      Focus- Humble Smith (Clarence Peters)

‪3.       Come Closer – Wizkid (Daps)

‪4.      Been Calling – Maleek Berry (Meji Alabi)

‪5.       Yolo – Seyi Shay (Meji Alabi)

‪6.      Like Dat – Davido (Daps)

Best R&B Single

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

‪1.       Tonight – Nonso Amadi

‪2.      Folashade – Praiz

‪3.       Let Me Know – Maleek Berry

‪4.      Romeo & Juliet – Johny Drille

‪5.       Love You Baby – Banky W

‪6.      Smile For Me – Simi

Best Collabo

‪A voting category for the best R&B, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos)

‪1.       Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid

‪2.      Temper Remix – Skales Ft Burna Boy

‪3.       Juice – Ycee Ft Maleekberry

‪4.      No Forget – Adekunle Gold Ft. Simi

‪5.       Come Closer – Wizkid Ft. Drake

Best Rap Single

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

‪1.     You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives – Mi

‪2.     Something Lite – Falz Ft Ycee

‪3.     Link Up – Phyno Ft. Burna Boy, M.I.

‪4.     Up To You – Show Dem Camp Ft Funbi

‪5.     Me Versus Me – Ice Prince

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.       Perfect Woman – Faze

‪2.      Folashade – Praiz

‪3.       Romeo & Juliet – Johnny Drille

‪4.      Tonight – Nonso Amadi

‪5.       Love You Baby – Banky W

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.       In The Air – Waje

‪2.      Gone For Good – Simi

‪3.       Jowo – Aramide

‪4.      Saro – Niniola

‪5.       Where’s The Love – Niyola Ft. Adekunle Gold

‪6.      Butterflies – Omawumi

Next Rated

‪This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review

‪1.      Maleek Berry

‪2.      Mayorkun

‪3.      Dice Ailes

‪4.      Johnny Drille

‪5.      Zoro

Hip Hop World Revelation

‪A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

‪1.       Niniola

‪2.      Adekunle Gold

‪3.       Mr. Eazi

‪4.      Reekado Banks

Lyricist On The Roll

‪A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

‪1.       You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives – Mi

‪2.      Political Science – Aq

‪3.       Liquor Night – Boogey

‪4.      Industry Nite – Erigga

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.      Penalty – Small Doctor

‪2.      Wo – Olamide

‪3.       Sai Baba – Cdq

‪4.      Shepeteri – Idowest Ft. Dammy Krane, Slim Case

‪5.      Pass The Agbara – Skuki

‪6.      Legbegbe – Mr Real Ft. Idowest, Kelvin Chuks, Obadice

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.       Money – Adekunle Gold

‪2.      Radio – Nonso Amadi

‪3.       Romeo & Juliet – Johnny Drille

‪4.      Ponmile – Reminisce

‪5.       Fun Mi Lowo Mi – Aramide Ft. Sound Sultan £& Koker

‪6.      Lagos Barbie – Bantu

Album Of The Year

‪A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

‪1.       Simisola – Simi

‪2.      Gold – Adekunle Gold

‪3.      Klitoris – Brymo

‪4.      Ijele The Traveler – Flavour

‪5.       Sounds From The Other Side – Wizkid

‪6.      The Playmaker – Phyno

Artiste Of The Year

‪Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

‪1.       Davido

‪2.      Wizkid

‪3.      Olamide

‪4.      Simi

‪5.      Tiwa Savage

Song Of The Year

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‪1.       Penalty – Small Doctor

‪2.      Wo – Olamide

‪3.       If- Davido

‪4.      Yeba – Kiss Daniel

‪5.       Mad Over You – Runtown

‪6.      Fia – Davido

African Artiste

‪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.       Sarkodie

‪2.      Casper Nyovest

‪3.      Nasty C

‪4.      Sauti Sol

‪5.      Vanessa Mdee

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice

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

‪1.       Come Closer- Wizkid

‪2.      If- Davido

‪3.       Wo – Olamide

‪4.      Mad Over You – Runtown

‪5.       Yeba – Kiss Daniel

‪6.      Yawa -Tekno

Industry Brand Supporter

‪This is to say thank you to brands that have made the most impact in the entertainment industry in the last 3 years. An award to recognize brands who are supporting the industry at a time when opportunities are scarce.

‪1.      Mtn

‪2.      Pepsi

‪3.      Glo

‪4.      Hennessy

‪5.      FIRS

‪6.      Nigeria Breweries

‪7.      Lagos State‪

Best Performer

‪A non-voting category for the artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

‪1.       Flavour

‪2.      Falz

‪3.       M.I.

‪4.      2baba

‪5.      Yemi Alade

‪6.     Tiwa Savage

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.       Kidi

‪2.      Air Boy

‪3.       Teni

‪4.      Junior Boy

‪5.       Peruzzi

Special Recognition

‪Kaffy

Hall Of Fame

‪Chris Ubosi

Written by Chidi Okereke

Content creator, Digital Communications guy, Social Media Analyst, Jack of many trades, and master of some.

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