The Headies (originally called the Hip Hop World Awards) is a music awards show established in 2006 by the Hip Hop magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists.
The Headies 2022 was the 15th edition of Nigerian music awards The Headies . It was be held at Cobbs Energy performing Art in Atlanta , Georgia, United States on 4 September 2022.
Wizkid lead nominations with ten, Tems and Ayarr Stär with eight each. Davido and Adekunle received seven each. The Songwriter of the Year category included in the 2020 edition of The Headies was renamed to Best Song Writer of the Year, in the 2022 edition.
Nominees were announced on 24 May 2022, ahead of main event which will be held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, on 2 July 2022.
2022 edition has seven additional categories include; Best Afrobeat Pop Single (Nigeria), Best Afrobeat Pop Album (Nigeria), Best African Collaboration, Best International Collaboration, African Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year, and Music Executive of the Year.On 25 June 2022, the executive held the first-ever Headies Brunch, titled “Unveiling The First Ever Global Awards For Afrobeats Music”. with music from SPINALL, Major League DJz, and Pheelz The private brunch was held in Los Angeles.
Best of the best
Nigerian artistes, producers, directors and managers dominated most of the 38 categories created by the award organisers.
** Beginning the award show, Rapper Olamide won in the Best Rap Album category with his seventh studio Album ‘Carpe Diem’ released in June 2021. Olamide triumphed over Ladipoe, AQ, Blaqbonez, Idowest,Show Dem Camp, who were nominated in the same category.
** Tems ‘If Orange was a place’ won the best R&B Album category in a nomination against Johnny Drille, Tiwa Savage, Ric Hassani, Omawumi and Falana.
** Burna Boy received the Best Male Artiste Award and also the Best African Artist of the Year Awards.
** He was nominated alongside Wizkid, Davido, Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania), Black Coffee (South Africa), Aya Nakamura(Mali) and Soolking (Algeria).
** Davido won the Digital Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award of the year.
** Mavins Records rap artist Ladipoe won the Best Rap single category with the song ‘Feelings’ featuring BNXN(FKA Buju).
** Dancehall singer Patoranking won Best recording of the Year with his song ‘Celebrate Me’. He also won the Best Reggae and Dancehall Album category with his Album ‘Three’.
** TG Omori (Boy Director) won the Best Music Video Award for directing the music Video shoot of ‘Champion’ by Fireboy DML featuring D Smoke.
** Flavour won the category of best Alternative single with the track ‘Doings’.
** In the StreetHop Artist Category, Goya menor who became famous last year won in this category with Nektunez for the club banger ‘Ameno Amapiano Remix’.
** Rapper AQ, ‘The Last Cypher’ won him Lyricist on the Roll, A category for the best lyrical lines in a rap.
** Waje won the Best Vocal Performance in the Female Category with her single ‘Last Time’. Making it the second thas won showing in this category since 2011.
** Nigerian Singer and Producer Sarz won the Producer of the year award for his song with Lojay ‘Monalisa’.
** Fireboy DML won the Best Afrobeat Single with ‘Peru’.
**Adekunle Gold won the Songwriter of the year for his single ‘Sinner’.
** Mavins, Arya Starr won the Headies Viewers Choice Category for her single ‘Arya Starr’.
** BNXN (FKA Buju) won the Next rated Category.carting away a 2022 Bentley car as price for this category.https://autojosh.com/headies-2022-next-rated-winner-will-walk-home-with-2022-bentley-bentayga/.
**Limpopo master, Kcee and Okwesili Eze Group won the best Inspirational Single for the ‘Cultural Praise’ track.
Oxlade won the Best Vocal Performance in the Male Category for ‘Ojuju’.
** emPawa artist Fave has won the Rookie of the Year award.
There was mixed reaction among the viewers about the 2022 headies award that took place outside Nigeria.some are of the view that the promoters of the show are looking for westerner validation ,while some think it’s a great improvement to the award show…Either ways ,the winners got the recognition they deserve …