2016 Headies

The 2015 headies gave us the first scandal of 2016 when Don Jazzy and Olamide got into a little tiff over which of their artists was more deserving of the next rated award and now the 2016 headies are getting near.

This year’s headies nominations has been expected since July 2016 but the final nomination list for the 2016 Headies was released on November 8. The list saw Adekunle Gold leading with 5 nominations.

Check out the full 2016 Headies nomination list below:

Best recording of the year

  • EMERGENCY – D’BANJ
  • PRAY FOR ME – DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR
  • LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI
  • ORENTE – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  • SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO

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Producer of the year

  • DJ COUBLON ‘GOOD TIME & RABA’
  • PHEELS – ‘PICK UP & LAGOS BOYS’ – OLAMIDE
  • LEGENDURY BEATS – ‘FINAL – BABA NLA’ WIZKID
  • YOUNG JOHN – ‘MAMA’ – KISS DANIEL
  • MASTAKRAFT – ‘FADA FADA’, ‘CONNECT’ – PHYNO
  • OSCAR HERMAN-ACKAH – ‘PRAY FOR ME’ – DAREY

Best music video


  • EMERGENCY (D’BANJ) – UNLIMITED LA
  • MARY (SEYI SHAY) – MEJI ALABI
  • SOLDIER (FALZ THA BAD GUY) – CLARENCE PETERS
  • MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W
  • BAD – TIWA SAVAGE FEAT. WIZKID – SESAN

Best R&B/ Pop album

  • NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL
  • WANTED – WANDE COAL
  • KLITORIS – BRYMO
  • NAKED – DAREY
  • SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY

2016 Headies Best R&B single

  • LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI
  • MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W
  • SUPER WOMAN – WANDE COAL
  • PRAY FOR ME – DAREY
  • ADUKE – TJAN
  • SMILE – SHAYDEE

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Best Pop Single

  • MAMA – KISS DANIEL
  • FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID
  • PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  • OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  • REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE
  • EMERGENCY – D’BANJ
  • FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE
  • MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR

Best Reggae/Dancehall Single

  • NO KISSING’ – PATORANKING FT SARKODIE
  • BODY HOT – PRAIZ FT. JESSE JAGZ & STONE BWOY
  • JAGA LOVE – JESSE JAGZ
  • OLOWO – CYNTHIA MORGAN
  • PAM PAM – KETCHUP
  • I LIKE THE WAY – TIMAYA

Best Rap Album

  • EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE
  • POWERFUL – ILL BLISS
  • STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ
  • LIL’ KESH – YAGI

2016 Headies Best Collabo

  • SOLDIER – FALZ FEAT. SIMI
  • REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE
  • OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  • WAIT – SOLIDSTAR FEAT. TIWA SAVAGE
  • NO KISSING – PATORANKING FEAT. SARKODIE
  • MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR

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Best rap single

  • EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE
  • ASAMALEKUN – REMINISCE
  • JAGABAN – YCEE
  • CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI – ILL BLISS
  • AGU JI NDI MEN – A-Q
  • SHOW YOU SOMETHING – BOOGEY

Best vocal performance (Male)

  • BRYMO – SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING
  • DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR – PRAY FOR ME
  • SHAYDEE – SMILE
  • WANDE COAL – SUPER WOMAN
  • RIC HASSANI – GENTLEMAN

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

  • SIMI – LOVE DON’T CARE
  • SEYI SHAY – RIGHT NOW
  • ARAMIDE FEAT. ADEKUNLE GOLD – LOVE ME
  • OMAWUMI FEAT. ANGELIE KIDJO – PLAY NA PLAY

2016 Headies Next Rated

  • YCEE
  • TEKNO
  • MR. EAZI
  • HUMBLESMITH
  • ARAMIDE

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Hip Hop World Revelation

  • KISS DANIEL – NEW ERA
  • SEYI SHAY – SEYI OR SHAY
  • LIL’ KESH – YAGI
  • RUNTOWN – GHETTO UNIVERSITY

Lyricist on the roll

  • ILL BLISS – CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI
  • REMINSCE – ASALAMALEKU
  • YCEE – JAGABAN
  • BOOGEY – SHOW YOU SOMETHING
  • A-Q – AGU JI NDI MEN’
  • MODENINE – NO MATTER WHAT

Best Street-Hop artiste

  • OLAMIDE – WHO YOU EPP
  • AJEBUTTER FEAT. FALZ – BAD GANG
  • KOKER – KO LE WERK
  • YCEE – JAGABAN
  • SMALL DOKTA – GBERA
  • 2T BOYS – CUSTOMER DADA NI

Best ‘Alternative’ song

  • PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  • SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO
  • YOU SUPPOSE KNOW – BEZ
  • WAIT FOR ME – JOHNNY DRILLE
  • GENTLEMAN – RIC HASSANI

Album of the year

  • STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ
  • NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL
  • WANTED – WANDE COAL
  • SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY

Artiste of the Year

  • WIZKID
  • TIWA SAVAGE
  • FALZ
  • YEMI ALADE
  • OLAMIDE

Song of the year

  • FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID
  • OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  • PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  • REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT.
  • FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE

2016 Headies African Artiste

  • SAUTI SOL
  • CASPER NYOVEST
  • DJ MAPHORISA
  • STONEBWOY
  • SARKODIE

What you need to know about Headies Awards

The Headies awards began in 2006 but at the time, it was referred to as the Hip Hop World Awards. It was established by the Hip Hop World Magazine and it remained as the Hip Hop World Awards until 2012 when it finally changed to the Headies Awards.

Regarded as one of the biggest music awards in Nigeria, headies celebrates the best of music in Nigeria, with close to 30 categories including Hall of fame, Song of the year, Album of the year, Rookie of the year, African Artiste of the Year, Best R&B Single, Best Rap Single, Best Pop Single, Best R&B/Pop Album, and many more.

Some of the most popular winners of the awards which have had over a thousand nominations so far include 2 Face Idibia, Mode 9, P-Square, Olamide, M.I, Wande Coal, WizKid, Dbanj, and Asa.

The plaque of the Headies awards was designed by its founder, Ayo Animashaun and the idea behind it is to capture a young man screaming out his talent. It was nevertheless, drawn by Matthias Aragbada. In 2008, the plaque was remade in the United Kingdom.