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The Headies
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Awarded forOutstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry
CountryNigeria
Presented by Hip Hop World Magazine
First awardedMarch 10, 2006;13 years ago (2006-03-10)
Website theheadies.com
Television/radio coverage
Network HipTV

The Headies (originally called the Hip Hop World Awards) is a music awards show established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry. [1] The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists. [1] It is broadcast live on HipTV to television viewers across Nigeria. [2] The 1st and 2nd editions of The Headies were held at the Muson Center in Onikan, Lagos State. Between 2010 and 2012, the awards 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 Nigerian TV channel

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 edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was hosted by D'banj and Tana. It was held on March 17, 2007, at the Muson Center for the second consecutive year. Paul Play was nominated for six awards and ended up going home with four.

Contents

History and plaque

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 individual whose talent can be challenge that of renowned local and international artistes combined, but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of discouraging circumstances presented by the peculiar 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. [3] [1]

Ayo Animashaun is a Nigerian entertainment entrepreneur and television executive. He owns HipTV.

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As of 2018, The Headies is composed of over 25 awards. Open voting decides majority of the awards' categories. However, the Best Recording of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Vocal Performance (Female), Lyricist on the Roll, and Best Performer categories are not open to public voting. [4]

Notable moments

2000s

2006: The 1st edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was 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". [5] DJ Jimmy Jatt, Keke Ogungbe and Dayo 'D1' Adeneye were joint winners of the Hall of Fame award. [6] P-Square and Jude Okoye eclipsed their colleagues that year, taking home five awards. [6]

Darey Nigerian musician

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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 Nigerian rhythms and blues duo

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 2nd edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was hosted by D'banj and Tana. It was held on March 17, 2007, at the Muson Center for the second consecutive year. Paul Play was nominated for six awards and ended up going home with four. [7]

Dbanj Nigerian musician

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2008 : The 3rd edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was hosted by comedian Basketmouth and Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson. It was held on March 15, 2008, at Planet One in Maryland, Lagos. [8] The founders and promoters chose the theme "Change has to Change". The nominees' party was held at Babylon, a private beach resort. [5] In 2008, the plaque of The Headies was plated with 21 carat gold. [5] Nigerian-French singer Aṣa won 3 awards, including Album of the Year for her eponymous debut studio album. 2face Idibia received the most nominations with six. Naeto C, Rooftop MCs, Cobhams Asuquo, Kween, Jo'zi, and P-Square all performed at the ceremony. [9] [10]

The third edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was hosted by comedian Basketmouth and Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson. It was held on March 15, 2008, at Planet One in Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian-French singer Aṣa won 3 awards, including Album of the Year for her eponymous debut studio album. 2face Idibia received the most nominations with six.

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.

Nollywood sobriquet of Nigerian cinema

Nollywood is a sobriquet that originally referred to the Nigerian film industry. The origin of the term dates back to early 2000s, traced to an article in The New York Times. Due to the history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term, and it has been subjected to several controversies.

2009 : The 4th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was hosted by Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba. It took place on May 16, 2009, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja. The awards were held outside of Lagos for the first time. [11] The nominees' party for the fourth edition was hosted at Ajibogun, a village in Ogun State. [5] 9ice won a total of three awards from six nominations. Phillip Trimnell took home the Hall of Fame award. [12] [13]

2010 : The 5th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards took place on May 16, 2009, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The ceremony was conducted without a host. Wande Coal was the biggest winner of the night with five plaques, including Artiste of the Year. [14] Don Jazzy won the Producer of the Year award. Hip hop duo Skuki won the Next Rated category. Da Grin's C.E.O won for Best Rap Album in a posthumous fashion. He was also honored by General Pype during the singer's performance. [15]

2011 : The 6th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was held on October 22, 2011, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. [16] Hosted by Rita Dominic and eLDee, the award's name was officially changed to "The Headies". [17] 2face Idibia won three awards, including Artiste of the Year. [18] Darey's "The Way You Are" won for Best R&B Single and Recording of the Year. M.I and Ice Prince won two awards apiece. [19] 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 awardee. The Hall of Fame award went to Jùjú musician Shina Peters. A total of twenty-one cart gold plaques were handed out. [20] [21]

2012 : The 7th edition of The Headies was hosted by M.I and Omawumi. The ceremony took place on 20 October 2012, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. [22] [23] The aforementioned hosts thrilled fans with their song titled "The Headies". Chidinma opened the show by performing her song "Kedike". [24] The Okoye brothers (Peter, Paul, and Jude) won a total of three awards. The Artiste of the Year award went to Wizkid. Tiwa Savage and Wande Coal won the Best Male and Female Vocal Performance categories, respectively. Vector won the Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Roll plaques for "Angeli". 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. Femi Kuti was honored with the Hall of Fame award. [25]

2013 : The 8th edition of The Headies was held on 26 December 2013, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos. [26] The show was hosted by Tiwa Savage and Dr SID. Olamide was the biggest awardee of the night, winning three awards from seven nominations. Phyno won the Best Rap Single category for his song "Man of the Year". D'Tunes, Praiz, and Blackmagic all won for the first time. Sean Tizzle won the Next Rated category and was later awarded a Hyundai Tucson. [27] Davido took home two awards, including Best R&B/Pop Album for Omo Baba Olowo . Iyanya only received one award from five nominations. Veteran Fuji artist Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame. [28] 2 Face Idibia, Banky W., Waje, Nikki Laoye, Mode 9, Dr SID and Kcee all went home with a plaque. Harrysong's tribute song to Nelson Mandela, titled "Mandela", won the Most Downloaded Callertune award. [29]

2014 : The 9th edition of The Headies took place on 14 December 2014, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. Themed "Feel the Passion", the show was hosted by Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth. [30] It was initially scheduled to hold on 25 October 2014. [31] Bovi was initially announced as one of the hosts, but ended up not hosting due to him being booked for another show. [32] On 30 September 2014, nominations were announced during a press briefing at the HipTV office in Allen, Lagos. Kcee, Olamide and Phyno led the nominations with five each. [33] Tiwa Savage, Oritse Femi and The Mavins followed closely with four apiece. [34] Yemi Alade was nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Single and Next Rated. [35] 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. [36]

2015 : The 10th edition of The Headies was held on January 1, 2016, at the Landmark Events Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. [37] Themed "Flip the Script", the event was hosted by Bovi and Kaffy. It was previously scheduled to hold on December 30, 2015, but the organizers of the event postponed it to January 1, 2016 without citing any reason. [38] Olamide won a total of four awards, while Timi Dakolo won three. Wizkid was nominated seven times across the twenty-one award categories. [39] 2face Idibia was honored with the Hall of Fame award, while Don Jazzy received the Special Recognition award. Reekado Banks won the Next Rated award. [40] His win was criticized by music critics, who challenged the "fairness of the award process". [41] [42]

2016 : The 11th edition of The Headies was held on December 22, 2016, at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. [43] Themed "Think, Create, Recreate", the event was hosted by Adesua Etomi and Falz. The nominees were announced by the award's organizers in November 2016. [44] Tekno was nominated for the Next Rated award, but ended up being disqualified due to his refusal to honour the category and support the campaign. [45] Jazzman Olofin and Adewale Ayuba jointly performed the song "Raise the Roof". Aramide performed her song "Funmi Lowo" with assistance from Ras Kimono. [46] The ceremony also featured additional performances from Falz, 2Baba, Seyi Shay and Flavour. Olamide received eight nominations and won a total of four, including Best Rap Single for his single "Eyan Mayweather". Mr Eazi won the Next Rated category and was awarded a SUV at a later date. Mayorkun toppled Dice Ailes and Koker for the Rookie of the Year award. [47] Laolu Akins was honored with the Hall of Fame award, while Flavour received the Special Recognition award. [48]

2018 : The 12th edition of The Headies was held on May 5, 2018, at the Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. [49] Nigerian comedian Bovi and singer Seyi Shay hosted the ceremony. [50] After shortlisting thousands of entries submitted during the eligibility period, the organizers of the ceremony announced the nominees in April 2018. They also announced the addition of three categories: Viewer's Choice, Best Performer, and Industry Brand Supporter. [4] Simi led the nominations with 7, followed by Wizkid and Davido with 6 each. The ceremony featured performances from a number of artists, including Falz, Mr Real, Simi, and the Danfo Drivers. Pulse Nigeria praised the award's sound production and stage design. [51] Davido, Wizkid and Simi won the most awards with 3 each. Mayorkun won the Next Rated award, beating Dice Ailes, Maleek Berry and Johnny Drille. [52]

Locations

The Headies Dates and Locations
#YearDateCityVenueHost(s)Ref
1200610 MarchOnikan, Lagos MUSON Centre Dare Art Alade [53]
2 2007 17 MarchTana Adelana and D'banj [54]
3 2008 15 MarchMaryland, LagosPlanet One Basketmouth and Dakore Egbuson [55]
4 2009 16 May Abuja, NigeriaAbuja International Conference Centre Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba [56]
5 2010 29 May Victoria Island, Lagos Eko Hotel and Suites N/A [57]
6 2011 22 October Rita Dominic and eLDee [58]
7 2012 20 October M.I and Omawumi [59]
8 2013 26 DecemberOriental Hotel Tiwa Savage and Dr SID [60]
9 2014 14 December Eko Hotel and Suites Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth [61]
10 2015 1 January 2016Landmark Events Centre Bovi and Kaffy [62]
11 2016 22 DecemberEko Convention Center Falz and Adesua Etomi [63]
2017No ceremony held
12 2018 6 MayVictoria IslandEko Convention Center Bovi and Seyi Shay [64]

Award categories

Current categories

CategoryAwardYear
Song-related Best R&B Single 2010–present
Best Rap Single 2006–present
Best Pop Single 2010–present
Song of the Year 2006–present
Best Recording of the Year 2006–present
Best Collaboration 2006–present
Album-related Best R&B/Pop Album 2006,
2008–present
Best Rap Album 2006–present
Album of the Year 2006–present
Person-related Best Street Hop Artiste 2009–present
Lyricist on the Roll 2006–present
Best Vocal Performance (Female) 2006–present
Best Vocal Performance (Male) 2006–present
Next Rated 2006–present
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year 2006–present
Producer of the Year 2006–present
Rookie of the Year 2012–present
Artiste of the Year 2007–present
African Artiste of the Year 2006–present
Best Music Video Director 2006–present
Hall of Fame 2006–present

Past award categories

Best Reggae/Dancehall Album (2006–2009)
YearRecipientResultRef
2006Take Control by Marvellous BenjiWon [65]
2007 Versatile by Baba DeeWon
Little Patience by Majek Fashek Nominated
Let It Go by Spy Da ManNominated
Conscious News by RighteousmanNominated
Reflex by AzadusNominated
Ghetto Philosophy by StreetmonksNominated
2008 True Story by Timaya Won [66]
Uchie by African RockstarNominated
Fever by African ChinaNominated
2009 Gift and Grace by Timaya Won [67]
Me Musiq and I by Blackface Nominated
Ichiban by Chakka Da' SouljahNominated
My Shine by Black SoloNominated
Best Rap by a Duo or Group (2006)
2006"Street Hop" by ThoroughbredsWon
Best Pop Album (2007)
2007 After the Storm by Weird MC Won
Run Down by D'banj Nominated
Naija is Blessed by Soul ENominated
Free Soldierby Tony Tetuila Nominated
Mr Funky by Jazzman OlofinNominated
Right and Wrong by Mr Raw Nominated
Best R&B Album (2007)
2007 Hitsville by Paul PlayWon
From Me to You by Darey Nominated
No Drama by OJB Jezreel Nominated
Overture by Obiwon Nominated
Expressions by Styl Plus Nominated
Best Conscious Song of the Year (2011)
2011 "One Day" – eLDee Won [68]
"If You Ask Me" by Omawumi Nominated
"Wild Wild West" by M.I Nominated
"Only Me" by 2Face Idibia Nominated
"There is a Cry" by Timi Dakolo Nominated
Best Label Head (2012)
2012 Banky W. Won [69]
Most Downloaded Callertune Single (2013)
2013 "Mandela" by Harrysong Won [70]

Most wins

4 and up, updated to the tenth edition (2015).

Number
of
awards
Artist
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
7 Olamide Artiste of the Year, Best Street Hop Artiste (2), Best Rap Album (2), Album of the Year (2)
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
5Jude 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)
4Paul Play Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Recording of the Year, Best R&B/Pop Album

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