The Headies, Nigeria’s most prestigious music award show, released the much anticipated nominations list for its 16th edition on Wednesday.

The list features an array of both local and international artists that have been recognised for their contribution to the music scene in the past year. 

Notably, Damini Ogulu, a Grammy award-winner popularly known as Burna Boy, received the most nods on the list with a total of 11 nominations.

He also battles for the Album of the Year with Davido, Rema, Asake, Omah Lay and Victony. 

This year’s award will also recognise international artistes who have made their mark in the Nigerian music industry. The nominees for the 2023 International Artiste of the Year Category include Drake, Future, Selena Gomez, Don Toliver and Ed Sheeran.

Below is the full nominations list of the 16th Headies awards 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
“Alone” – Burna Boy
“Soweto” – Victony and Tempoe
“I’m a Mess” – Omah Lay
“Ku lo sa” –  Oxlade
“Stand Strong” – Davido
“No Woman, No Cry” – Tems

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Magicstickz – “Sungba Remix”
Pheelz – “Electricity”
Andrevibez & London – “Calm Down”
Tempoe – “Soweto”
Kel-P – “Kpe Paso”
Rexxie – “Abracadabra”

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
“Loyal” – Simi
“I’m a Mess” – Omah Lay
“Lift Me Up” – Tems
“Alone” – Burna Boy
“In My Mind” – BNXN 
“Earth Song” – Wizard Chan

Best R&B Single
“For My Hand” – Burna Boy ft ED Sheeran
“Mmadu” – CKay
“Just 4 u” – Dami Oniru
“Red Wine” – Preye
“Hard to Find” – Chike ft Flavour
“Loyal” – Simi ft Fave

Best Rap Single
“Hustle” – Reminisce ft BNXN
“Big Energy” – Ladi Poe
“Back in Uni” – Blaq Bonez
“Bando Diaries” – Psycho YP ft Odumodublvck
“Declan Rice” – Odumodublvck
“My Bro” – Jeriq the Hussla ft Phyno

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
“Loyal” – Simi
“In Between” – Waje
“Memories” – Niniola
“Adua Remix” – Liya
“Red Wine” – Preye Itams
“Just 4 U” – Dami Oniru

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
“KU LO SA” Oxlade
“My Only Baby” Ric Hassani
“Love Don’t Cost a Dime” Magixx
“Spell Remix” Chike
“Reckless” Praiz
“Kpe Paso” Wande Coal

Best Alternative Song
“Earth Song” – Wizard Chan
“Final Champion” – Cruel Santino
“The Traveller” – Basketmouth and The Cavemen
“In a Loop” By BOJ – Mellissa
“Game Changer” – Flavour
“Tinko Tinko” – Obongjayar

Best Music Video
“Back in Uni” –Blaqbonez Perliks
“PBUY” By TG Omori
“Spell (Remix)” –  Director Pink
“Common Person” – Director K
“Bandana” by TG Omori
“Calm Down (Remix)” – Director K

Best Collaboration
Asaka FT. Burna Boy – “Sungba Remix” 
Bnxn ft. Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibes – “Gwagwalada”
Pheelz ft Bnxn – “Finesse” 
Spyro ft. Tiwa Savage – “Who’s Your Guy Remix”
Pheelz ft Davido– “Electricity”
Wande Coal ft. Olamide– “Kpe Paso”

Best Street-Hop Artiste
Rexxie Ft. Naira Marley & Skiibii – “Abracadabra”
Seyi Vibez – “Chance (Na Ham)”
Asake – “Joha”
Zlatan Ft. Young Jonn – “Astalavista”
Poco Lee & Hotkid – “Otilo” 
Mohbad – “Peace”

Afrobeats Single Of The Year
“Last Last” – Burna Boy 
“Rush” – Ayra Starr
“Buga” – Kizz Daniel & Tekno 
“Finesse” – Pheelz ft Bnxn
“Who’s Your Guy?” – Spyro 
“Asiwaju” – Ruger

Headies’ Viewers’ Choice
Ruger – “Asiwaju”
Victony & Tempoe – “Soweto” 
Fireboy Dml & Asake – “Bandana”
Ayra Star – “Rush”
Asake – “Terminator”
Mavins – “Overloading (Overdose)” 
Crayon – “Ijo (Laba Laba)”
Oxlade – “Ku Lo Sa” 
Kizz Daniel & Tekno – “Buga” 
Pheelz & Davido – “Electricity”

Best West African Artiste Of The Year
Gyakie (Ghana)
Black Sherif (Ghana)
The Therapist (Liberia)
Camidoh (Ghana)
Best East African Artiste Of The Year
Zuchu
Diamond Platinumz
Rayvanny
Eddy Kenzo
Hewan Gebreworld

Best North African Artiste Of The Year
Marwa Loud – Morocco
Wegz – Egypt
El Grande Toto – Morocco
Soolking – Algeria

Best Southern African Artiste Of The Year
Aka (South Africa)
Nasty C – South Africa
Costa Titch – South Africa
Uncle Waffles – South Africa
Focalistic – South Africa
Dj Tarico – Mozambique

Best Central African Artiste Of The Year
Fally Ipupa – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Gaz Mawete – Democratic Republic Of Congo
Matias Damasio – Angola
Emma’a – Gabon
Libianca – Cameroon

Best R&B Album
Home – Johnny Drille
The Brother’s Keeper – Chike 
Reckless – Praiz
Waje 2.0 – Waje 
Matter Of Time – Dami Oniru 
To Be Honest (Tbh) – Simi 

Best Alternative Album
Horoscopes – Basketmouth
Gbagada Express – Boj
Some Nights I Dream Of Doors – Obongjayar
Subaru Boys: Final Heaven – Cruel Santino 
Heart Of The Heavenly Undeniable – Somadina
Native World – Native Sound System
Best Rap Album
Fly Talk Only – Payper Corleone
Palmwine Music Vol 3 – Show Dem Camp 
Young Preacher – Blaqbonez
Ypszn3 – Psychoyp
Teslim: The Energy Still Lives In Me – Vector
Billion Dollar Dream – Jeriq

Album Of The Year
Love, Damini – Burna Boy
Mr Money With The Vibe – Asake 
Rave And Roses – Rema
Boy Alone – Omah Lay
Outlaw – Victony 
Timeless – Davido

Song Of The Year
“Calm Down” – Rema
“Last Last” – Burna Boy 
“Ku Lo Sa” – Oxlade
“Buga” – Kizz Daniel & Tekno
“Finesse” – Pheelz Ft. Bnxn
“Sungba Remix” – Asake Ft. Burna Boy

Best Female Artiste
Tems
Simi
Ayra Starr
Tiwa Savage

Best Male Artiste
Asake
Rema 
Kizz Daniel 
Ruger
Omah Lay
Burna Boy

Next Rated
Young Jonn
Seyi Vibez
Asake
Victony 
Spyro 

Rookie of the Year
Odumodu Blvck 
Bloody Civilian 
Bayyani
Guchi
Eltee Skillz 
Khaid

African Artiste Of The Year
Rema (Nigeria)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Marwa Loud (Morocco) 
Black Sherif (Ghana)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Lyricist On The Roll
Ladipoe – “Clowns”
Vector – “Clowns”
Payper Corleone – “Fly Talk Only” 
Alpha Ojini – “Vigilante Bop”
A-Q – “Family First”
Tec (Sdc) – “Live Life”

International Artiste Recognition
Sean ‘love’ Combs

Hall Of Fame
Youssou N’dour

Best Inspirational Single
“Stand Strong” – Davido Ft Sunday Service Choir
“Jireh (My Provider)” – Limoblaze, Lecrae & Happi Music
“This Year” – Victor Thompson & Ehis ‘d’ Greatest
“Eze Ebube” – Neon Adejo
“Tobechukwu” – Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo
“I Get Backing” – Victoria Orenze

Digital Artiste Of The Year
Burna Boy 
Ayra Starr
Rema
Omah Lay
Kizz Daniel
Asake

Special Recognition
Sound Sultan

International Artist Of The Year
Drake
Future 
Selena Gomez 
Don Toliver
Ed Sheeran

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