|Awarded for||Outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry|
|Presented by||Hip Hop World Magazine|
|First awarded||10 March 2006|
The Headies (formerly known as the Hip Hop World Awards) are an accolade established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievement in the Nigerian music industry. The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists.It is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria. The 2006 and 2007 editions of The Headies were held at the Muson Center in Onikan, Lagos State. From 2010 through 2012, The Headies were held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. Several media personalities in Nigeria have hosted the annual ceremony, including Darey Art Alade, D'banj, Dakore Egbuson, Banky W., Rita Dominic, M.I, Tiwa Savage and Dr SID.
Hip Hop World Magazine is a weekly Nigerian music magazine established in 1995. It has sponsored The Headies award since the award's inception in 2006. The magazine's publisher is Nigerian journalist and music promoter Ayo Animashaun.
HipTV is a Nigerian basic cable television channel owned by Ayo Animashaun. The channel is the sole channel with broadcasting rights to The Headies. Headquartered in Ikeja, Lagos State, HipTV's features are centred majorly on entertainment ranging from latest music videos, entertainment news and lifestyle.
The second Hip Hop World Awards, hosted by the award-winning entertainment duo of D'banj and Tana, were held on March 17, 2007, at the Muson Center for the second consecutive time.
The image of The Headies was created by Ayo Animashaun, the founder of the awards, and drawn by Matthias Aragbada. The first Headie plaque was done by Jide Adewoye. It represents "the image and the shout of a young, vibrant man whose talent can challenge that of Nas, Mode 9, Kanye West and Jay Z combined but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of daunting odds presented by the Nigerian environment." In 2008, the plaque was redone in the United Kingdom. It was plated with 21 carat gold. The new plaque is a mixture of resin, copper, steel, marble and gold.
Ayo Animashaun is a Nigerian entertainment entrepreneur and television executive. He owns HipTV.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, known professionally as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and is the owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is the founder of Mass Appeal Records.
Babatunde Olusegun Adewale, popularly known by his stage name Modenine, is an English-born Nigerian rapper. As a seven time The Headies Lyricist on the Roll winner, he is the most decorated artist by the magazine. In 2014, he released a song titled "Super Human" with Jamaican-American rapper Canibus.
|The Headies Dates and Locations|
|1||2006||10 March||Onikan, Lagos||MUSON Centre||Dare Art Alade|
|2||2007||17 March||Tana Adelana and D'banj|
|3||2008||15 March||Maryland, Lagos||Planet One||Basketmouth and Dakore Egbuson|
|4||2009||16 May||Abuja, Nigeria||Abuja International Conference Centre||Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba|
|5||2010||29 May||Victoria Island, Lagos||Eko Hotel and Suites||N/A|
|6||2011||22 October||Rita Dominic and eLDee|
|7||2012||20 October||M.I and Omawumi|
|8||2013||26 December||Oriental Hotel||Tiwa Savage and Dr SID|
|9||2014||14 December||Eko Hotel and Suites||Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth|
|10||2015||1 January 2016||Landmark Events Centre||Bovi and Kaffy|
|11||2016||22 December||Victoria Island||Eko Convention Center||Falz and Adesua Etomi|
|Did not hold in 2017|
|12||2018||6 May||Victoria Island||Eko Convention Center||Bovi and Seyi Shay|
2006: The first annual Hip Hop World Awards were held on 10 March 2006, at the Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos. It was hosted by Darey Art Alade and tagged with the caption: "The revolution is here".DJ Jimmy Jatt, Keke Ogungbe and Dayo 'D1' Adeneye won the Hip Hop World Hall of Fame award. P-Square and Jude Okoye eclipsed their colleagues that year, taking home five awards.
Dare Art Alade – popularly known as Darey – is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, and Idol series judge. He is the son of the renowned Nigerian entertainer, Art Alade.
Oluwaforijimi "Jimmy" Adewale Amu, professionally referred to by his stage name DJ Jimmy Jatt, is a Nigerian disc jockey who is revered as one of the pioneering hiphop DJs in Nigeria. He started out his music career as a rapper under the sobriquet Master J but delved into DJing after his failure in getting signed by a record label despite releasing a handful of songs including a demo recording. He is best known for his Jimmy's Jump Off concert, an event he started in 2008 to become one of the most attended entertainment events in Nigeria. In 2006, he won the Hip Hop World Hall of Fame award at the maiden edition of The Headies for his contribution to hip-hop in Nigeria.
P-Square were a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They produced and released their albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record deal with Akon's Konvict Muzik label. In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music's South African branch. On 25 September 2017, numerous media outlets reported that the group disbanded. Reports about a breakup surfaced after Peter reportedly sent a termination letter to the group's lawyer. Prior to this report, the duo disbanded in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manager.
2007 : The second annual Hip Hop World Awards were also held at the Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre on 17 March 2007; it was hosted by D'banj and Tana Adelana. The theme for the year was: "The Best Gets Better".The Hall of Fame accolade was awarded to Eddie Lawani and Ben Bruce. D'banj's "Why Me" won the Song of the Year award, while Cobhams Asuquo took home the award for Producer of the Year. Rapper Mode 9 took home two awards, making him the biggest awardee of the night.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, known by his stage name D'banj, is a Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, television personality, and rapper. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards
Cobhams Asuquo is a Nigerian musician, producer, and songwriter. In 2005, Asuquo was signed on with Sony ATV London as a songwriter. After working as Head of Audio Productions at a local label, Questionmark Entertainment, he set up his own recording facility in 2006. He is the former CEO/ Head of Productions of CAMP represented himself, Bez Idakula and Stan Iyke. He was responsible for Aşa's highly acclaimed international album ASA and has been mentioned on many artists' sleeve credits as producer and writer. He is now the Founder/CEO of Vintage Grey Media.
2008 : The third annual Hip Hop World Awards experienced a few upgrades. The venue was moved from the MUSON Centre to Planet One in Maryland, Lagos. Comedian Basketmouth and actress Dakore Egbuson hosted the ceremony. The founders and promoters of the accolade chose the theme "Change has to Change". The nominees' party was held at Babylon, a private beach resort.In 2008, the plaque of The Headies were plated with 21 carat gold. Nigerian-French singer Aṣa won four awards, including Recording of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance. Naeto C, Rooftop MCs, Cobhams Asuquo, Kween, Jo'zi, and P-Square were among the performers who graced the stage. Wande Coal was awarded a car for winning the first ever Next Rated award.
The third Hip Hop World Awards, hosted by popular comedian Basketmouth and Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson, were held on March 15, 2008, at Planet One in Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria.
Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basketmouth is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe.
Dakore Akande is a Nigerian actress. She is an ambassador for Amnesty International, Amstel Malta and Oxfam of America.
2009 : The fourth annual Hip Hop World Awards were held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. It was the first time that the annual ceremony was held outside of Lagos. Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba were the hosts.Omawumi was awarded a new car for winning the Next Rated category. The nominees' party for the fourth edition was hosted at Ajibogun, a village in Ogun State. Phillip Trimnell took home the Hall of Fame award. 9ice won three awards, including Artiste of the Year.
The fourth Hip Hop World Awards, hosted by Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba, took place on May 16, 2009, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. The awards were held outside of Lagos for the first time.
Olubankole Wellington, popularly known by his stage name Banky W and credited in film as Banky Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor and politician.
Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV, BET and Netflix.
2010 : The fifth annual Hip Hop World Awards were held at the Eko Hotels and Suites on 29 May 2010. No one hosted the show. The nominations' announcement was streamed over the internet.Wande Coal took home four awards, the notable being Artiste of the Year. Da Grin received a posthumous award for Best Rap Album. General Hype dedicated his performance to the departed rapper.
2011 : The sixth annual Hip Hop World Awards, hosted by Rita Dominic and ELDee, were held at the Eko Hotels and Suites on 22 October 2011. The name Hip Hop World Awards was revamped into The Headies, a name derived from "Headie" (the name for the 21 carat gold-plated Hip Hop World Award plaque). The theme song for the six edition of the award, titled "Breaking from the Norm", was recorded by Wizkid, Ice Prince and Waje. The song was produced by Samklef and briefed at The Headies Secretariat.Wizkid won the Next Rated category for the song "Holla at Your Boy". He was awarded a 2012 Hyundai Sonata at the Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island, Lagos. 2 Face Idibia walked home with three plaques, including the Artiste of the Year plaque.
2012 : The seventh annual The Headies were held on 20 October 2012, at the Eko Hotels and Suites. It was hosted by rapper M.I and singer Omawumi. P-Square, along with their elder brother Jude Engees Okoye, took home a total of 4 awards. Femi Kuti won the Hall of Fame award.
2013 : The eighth annual The Headies were held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos on 26 December 2013. It was hosted by Tiwa Savage and Dr SID. Olamide, Phyno, Davido, Sean Tizzle and Waje took home awards for their contribution to the Nigerian Music Industry.Olamide took home three awards and was the biggest awardee of the night. Veteran Fuji artist Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was inducted into the Headies' Hall of Fame. Harrysong's tribute song to Nelson Mandela, titled "Mandela", won the Most Downloaded Callertune award. Nikki Laoye's tearful acceptance speech as she won the award for Best Vocal Performance (Female) was also a major talking point of the event, as she revealed that she took a break from music after the loss of her father, and she dedicated the award to the memory of her father to a loud ovation.
2014 : The ninth annual The Headies were held on 14 December 2014, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The show was hosted by Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth. It was initially scheduled to hold on 25 October 2014.The show was themed "Feel the Passion". Kcee, Olamide and Phyno led the nominations with 5 each. Tiwa Savage, Oritse Femi and The Mavins followed closely with four. Yemi Alade received a total of three nominations in the categories: Song of the Year, Best Pop Single and Next Rated. Olamide, Patoranking and Davido each took home two awards apiece. Don Jazzy won the Producer of the Year plaque, while Sir Victor Uwaifo got the Hall of Fame recognition.
2015 : The tenth annual The Headies were held on 1 January 2016, at the Landmark Events Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. On 28 December 2015, the organizers of the awards announced the postponement of the ceremony two days before it was scheduled to hold.Themed "Flip The Script", the event was hosted by Bovi and Kaffy. Olamide received a total of four awards from eight nominations, while Timi Dakolo received three. Wizkid won two awards from seven nominations. The Hall of Fame recognition went to 2face Idibia and the Special Recognition Award was given to Don Jazzy. Reekado Banks' Next Rated win made music critics challenge the "fairness of the awards", and vocal disapproval from Olamide, who tilted towards his label mate, Lil Kesh winning.
2016 : The eleventh edition of The Headies took place on 22 December, at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. Kiss Daniel, Olamide and Wizkid were among the top winners. Mr Eazi won the next rated category, and got a new car. Solid Star aired his discontent at not being among the nominees, while Tekno Miles rejected his nomination.
2017: The award ceremony did not hold in 2017.
2018 : The 12th edition was held on 6 May at Eko Convention Center. Davido and Simi (singer) won the most awards with 3. The organization, pacing, sound, timing and production was regarded as being better than previous editions.
Minor award categories
4 and up, updated to the tenth edition (2015).
|9||Mode 9||Lyricist on the Roll (7), Best Rap Album, Best Rap Single|
|8||2 Face Idibia||Best R&B/Pop Album (2), Album of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Best Pop Single, Best R&B Single, Hall of Fame, Special Recognition|
|9||Olamide||Artiste of the Year, Best Street Hop Artiste (3), Best Rap Album (2), Album of the Year (2)the headies award for best rap single|best rap single]]|
|7||Wande Coal||Next Rated, Album of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Pop Single|
|6||P-Square||Best R&B/Pop Album (2), Album of the Year (2), Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year|
|6||M.I||Best Rap Album (3), Best Rap Single, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best Collaboration|
|5||Wizkid||Artiste of the Year, Next Rated, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album, Song of the Year|
|5||Davido||Next Rated, Best R&B/Pop Album, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year|
|5||Timi Dakolo||Best Vocal Performance (Male) (2), Best Recording of the Year (2), Best R&B Single|
|5||9ice||Best Vocal Performance (Male), Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album|
|5||Jude Okoye||Best Music Video Director (5)|
|4||D'banj||Song of the Year (2), Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Artiste of the Year|
|4||Aṣa||Next Rated, Best Recording of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance, Album of the Year|
|4||Don Jazzy||Producer of the Year (3), Special Recognition|
|4||Darey||Best R&B Single (2), Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Recording of the Year|
|4||Vector||Best Rap Single (2), Lyricist on the Roll (2)|
|4||Paul Play||Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Recording of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album|
Panshak Zamani, better known by his stage name Ice Prince, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist and actor. He rose to fame after releasing "Oleku", one of Nigeria's most remixed songs of all time. He won the 2009 Hennessy Artistry Club Tour. His achievements include one BET Award, one Ghana Music Award, three The Headies Awards, two Nigeria Entertainment Awards and two Channel O Music Video Awards. Ice Prince is currently signed to Chocolate City. His debut studio album, Everybody Loves Ice Prince, was released in 2011. It was supported by the singles "Oleku", "Superstar", "Juju" and "Magician". In 2013, Ice Prince released Fire of Zamani as his second studio album. The album contained the singles "Aboki", "More", "Gimme Dat" and "I Swear". On 1 July 2015, Ice Prince was announced as the new Vice President of Chocolate City Music. a position he held till he left the label in 2016
Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Banky W.'s record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song "Holla at Your Boy" from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). "Tease Me/Bad Guys", "Don't Dull", "Love My Baby", "Pakurumo" and "Oluwa Lo Ni" were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Wizkid's self-titled second studio album, Ayo, was released in September 2014 and was preceded by six singles: "Jaiye Jaiye", "On Top Your Matter", "One Question", "Joy", "Bombay" and "Show You the Money".
Olamide Adedeji, known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Baddo or BaddoSneh, is a Nigerian hip hop recording artist. He records mostly in Yoruba, his native tongue. In 2011, he released his debut studio album Rapsodi while signed to Coded Tunes. YBNL, his follow-up album, was released under his label imprint YBNL Nation. The album was supported by the singles "First of All", "Voice of the Street", "Stupid Love", and "Ilefo Illuminati". On 7 November 2013, he released his third studio album Baddest Guy Ever Liveth. The album's singles include "Durosoke" and "Yemi My Lover". On 17 July 2013, Olamide became the first Nigerian to sign an endorsement deal with Cîroc. Olamide has been nominated and won several music awards, including multiple Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies Awards.
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The seventh edition of The Headies was hosted by M.I and Omawumi. It took place on 20 October 2012, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The show was sponsored by MTN, one of Africa's largest telecommunication companies. The aforementioned hosts thrilled fans with their song titled "The Headies". Chidinma, the winner of the third season of Project Fame West Africa, opened the show by performing her song "Kedike". The Okoye brothers won a total of 3 awards. The Artiste of the Year award went to Wizkid. Tiwa Savage and Wande Coal won the male and female Best Vocal Performance categories. Vector won the Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Roll plaques. Davido won the Next Rated category and was later awarded a Hyundai Sonata. The Headies celebrated the reunion of prominent Nigerian musicians from the 80s and 90s, including Onyeka Onwenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar and Daddy Showkey, among others. Femi Kuti was honored with the Hall of Fame award. Verve card held a raffle draw and gave away ₦500,000 to a lucky winner. P-Square, May D, D’Banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince and Sarkodie were all absent at the ceremony. Omawumi promised the audience that she wouldn't speak Pidgin while hosting the show.
The sixth annual The Headies were hosted by Rita Dominic and eLDee. The show was held on October 22, 2011, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. 2face Idibia received three awards, including the Artiste of the Year plaque. Darey took home the Best R&B Single and Recording of the Year plaques for his song "The Way You Are". Chocolate City rappers M.I and Ice Prince won two awards apiece. Don Jazzy and Dr SID both took home an award. Capital Femi walked away with the Best Vocal Performance (Male) award. Wizkid won the Next Rated category and received a Hyundai Sonata at a later date. Waje was the only female to win an award. The Hall of Fame award went to Afro juju musician Shina Peters. A total of twenty-one cart gold plaques were handed out.
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