AT LAST!! 2018 Headies Award Nominees List Is Out –Davido, Simi, Wizkid and Olamide dominating with multiple nominations.

The organizers of the prestigious Headies Award just
announced the nominees for the 12th Edition. The Award will
hold on the 5th of May, 2018 at Eko Hotel & Suites while the
Nominees party will hold in Abuja on April 28th, 2018.
YEAR IN REVIEW
(JULY 2016 – DECEMBER 2017)
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A NON-
VOTING
CATEGORY
FOR THE
BEST
RECORDING
(THAT
MEETS THE
JUDGES
REQUIREMENTS OF EXCELLENCE; SONGWRITING,
PRODUCTION, RENDITION) BY AN ARTISTE OR GROUP IN THE
YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI
2. HALLELUYAH – FUNBI
3. PONMILE – REMINISCE
4. HEAVEN – BANKY W
5. JOROMI – SIMI
BEST POP SINGLE
A CATEGORY FOR THE BEST POP SINGLE IN YEAR UNDER
REVIEW (BY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP).
1. MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
2. ALL OVER – TIWA SAVAGE
3. YEBA – KISS DANIEL
4. ISKABA – WANDE COAL AND DJ TUNEZ
5. IF – DAVIDO
6. FIA – DAVIDO
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING THE MOST
ACCLAIMED SONG OR ALBUM IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. (FALL, MAMA) KIDOMINANT
2. (ISKABA, MALO) SPELLZ
3. (IF, RARA) TEKNO
4. (MARADONA, COME CLOSER) SARZ
5. (YAWA, VIRTUOUS WOMAN) MASTERKRAFT
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
A CATEGORY FOR THE BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE IN
THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW (BY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL OR
GROUP).
1. LOVE YOU DIE – PATORANKING FT. DIAMOND
PLATNUMZ
2. DANCE – TIMAYA FT. RUDEBOY
3. HOLY HOLY – 2BABA
4. ROCK YOUR BODY – BURNA BOY
5. COME CLOSER – WIZKID
6. SOFA – KISS DANIEL
BEST RAP ALBUM
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE BEST ALBUM BY A RAP
ARTISTE OR GROUP IN YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. 27 – FALZ
2. TRIP TO THE SOUTH – ERIGGA
3. EL HADJ – REMINISCE
4. THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO
5. THE GLORY – OLAMIDE
6. ROSE – AQ
BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A CATEGORY FOR THE BEST R&B/POP ALBUM IN THE YEAR
UNDER REVIEW (BY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP).
1. SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
2. TIMELESS – OMAWUMI
3. SIMISOLA – SIMI
4. GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
5. IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOR
6. THIS IS ME – NINIOLA
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE BEST CONCEPTUALIST, BEST
DIRECTED AND MOST EXCITING VIDEO IN THE YEAR UNDER
REVIEW. THIS AWARD GOES TO THE VIDEO DIRECTOR.
1. MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT. WIZKID (MEJI ALABI)
2. FOCUS – HUMBLE SMITH (CLARENCE PETERS)
3. COME CLOSER – WIZKID (DAPS)
4. BEEN CALLING – MALEEK BERRY (MEJI ALABI)
5. YOLO – SEYI SHAY (MEJI ALABI)
6. LIKE DAT – DAVIDO (DAPS)
BEST R&B SINGLE
A CATEGORY FOR THE BEST R&B SINGLE IN THE YEAR
UNDER REVIEW (BY A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP).
1. TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
2. FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
3. LET ME KNOW – MALEEK BERRY
4. ROMEO & JULIET – JOHHNY DRILLE
5. LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W
6. SMILE FOR ME – SIMI
BEST COLLABO
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE BEST R&B, POP OR HIP-HOP
COLLABORATIVE TRACK (INCLUDING CAMEOS).
1. MA LO – TIWA SAVAGE FT. WIZKID
2. TEMPER REMIX – SKALES FT. BURNA BOY
3. JUICE – YCEE FT. MALEEK BERRY
4. NO FORGET – ADEKUNLE GOLD FT. SIMI
5. COME CLOSER – WIZKID FT. DRAKE
BEST RAP SINGLE
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR A SINGLE (RELEASED ON-AIR)
RECORDING OF A RAP SONG.
1. YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI
2. SOMETHING LIGHT – FALZ FT. YCEE
3. LINK UP – PHYNO FT. BURNA BOY, M.I.
4. UP TO YOU – SHOW DEM CAMP FT. FUNBI
5. ME VERSUS ME – ICE PRINCE
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE SINGLE MALE ARTISTE
WITH THE MOST OUTSTANDING VOCAL PERFORMANCE ON A
SINGLE SONG OR ALBUM.
1. PERFECT WOMAN – FAZE
2. FOLASHADE – PRAIZ
3. ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
4. TONIGHT – NONSO AMADI
5. LOVE YOU BABY – BANKY W
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE SINGLE FEMALE
ARTISTE WITH MOST OUTSTANDING VOCAL PERFORMANCES
ON A SINGLE SONG OR ALBUM.
1. IN THE AIR – WAJE
2. GONE FOR GOOD – SIMI
3. JOWO – ARAMIDE
4. SARO – NINIOLA
5. WHERE IS THE LOVE – NIYOLA FT. ADEKUNLE GOLD
6. BUTTERFLIES – OMAWUMI
NEXT RATED
THIS CATEGORY IS A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE MOST
PROMISING ACT IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. MALEEK BERRY
2. MAYORKUN
3. DICE AILES
4. JOHNNY DRILLE
5. ZORO
HIP-HOP WORLD REVELATION
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE BEST NEW ARTISTE WITH A
DEBUT ALBUM ADJUDGED TO BE OUTSTANDING IN TERMS
OF ARTISTIC QUALITY AND IMPACT WITHIN THE YEAR
UNDER REVIEW.
1. NINIOLA
2. ADEKUNLE GOLD
3. MR. EAZI
4. REEKADO BANKS
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE RAP ARTISTE WITH THE
BEST LYRICAL DEPTH AND PERFORMANCE ON A SINGLE
SONG OR ALBUM.
1. YOU RAPPERS SHOULD FIX UP YOUR LIVES – MI
2. POLITICAL SCIENCE – AQ
3. LIQUOR NIGHT – BOOGEY
4. INDUSTRY NITE – ERIGGA
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE ARTISTE WHOSE SONGS ARE
INSPIRED BY THE STREETS. SUCH SONG SHOULD CAPTAIN
LINGUA, WHICH MAY ALSO BE ORIGINATED BY THE ARTISTE
AND POPULAR ON THE STREET.
1. PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
2. WO – OLAMIDE
3. SAI BABA – CDQ
4. SHEPETERI – IDOWEST FT. DAMMY KRANE, SLIM CASE
5. PASS THE AGBARA – SKUKI
6. LEGBEGBE – MR REAL FT. IDOWEST, KELVIN CHUKS,
OBADICE
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE ARTISTE WHOSE SONGS
REFLECT ANY FORM OR STYLE OF MUSIC WHICH FALLS
OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM OF RECENT OR PAST POPULAR
MUSICAL TRENDS.
1. MONEY – ADEKUNLE GOLD
2. RADIO – NONSO AMADI
3. ROMEO & JULIET – JOHNNY DRILLE
4. PONMILE – REMINISCE
5. FUN MI LOWO MI – ARAMIDE FT. SOUND SULTAN £&
KOKER
6. LAGOS BARBIE – BANTU
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE BEST ALBUM (SOLO OR
GROUP) IN YEAR UNDER REVIEW, THAT MEETS JUDGES’
REQUIREMENTS OF EXCELLENCE (SONGWRITING,
PRODUCTION, RENDITION AND IMPACT).
1. SIMISOLA – SIMI
2. GOLD – ADEKUNLE GOLD
3. KLITORIS – BRYMO
4. IJELE THE TRAVELER – FLAVOUR
5. SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE – WIZKID
6. THE PLAYMAKER – PHYNO
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
MOST CRITICALLY AND COMMERCIALLY ADJUDGED ARTISTE
IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW. OVERALL MOST SUCCESSFUL
ARTISTE IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. DAVIDO
2. WIZKID
3. OLAMIDE
4. SIMI
5. TIWA SAVAGE
SONG OF THE YEAR
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE MOST POPULAR SONG IN THE
YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. PENALTY – SMALL DOCTOR
2. WO – OLAMIDE
3. IF – DAVIDO
4. YEBA – KISS DANIEL
5. MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
6. FIA – DAVIDO
AFRICAN ARTISTE
A NON-NIGERIAN AWARD CATEGORY FOR AN INDIVIDUAL
AFRICAN ARTISTE OR GROUP WITH THE MOST
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT, IMPACT AND INFILTRATION
INTO THE NIGERIAN MUSIC SCENE IN THE YEAR UNDER
REVIEW.
1. SARKODIE
2. CASPER NYOVEST
3. NASTY C
4. SAUTI SOL
5. VANESSA MDEE
HEADIES VIEWER’S CHOICE
A VOTING CATEGORY TO AWARD THE FANS’ FAVOURITE
ARTISTE WITH THE MOST DIGITAL TRACTIONS
(DOWNLOADS, VIEWS, STREAMS) IN THE YEAR UNDER
REVIEW.
1. COME CLOSER – WIZKID
2. IF – DAVIDO
3. WO – OLAMIDE
4. MAD OVER YOU – RUNTOWN
5. YEBA – KISS DANIEL
6. YAWA – TEKNO
INDUSTRY BRAND SUPPORTER
THIS IS TO SAY THANK YOU TO BRANDS THAT HAVE MADE
THE MOST IMPACT IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IN
THE LAST 3 YEARS. AN AWARD TO RECOGNIZE BRANDS
WHO ARE SUPPORTING THE INDUSTRY AT A TIME WHEN
OPPORTUNITIES ARE SCARCE.
1. MTN
2. PEPSI
3. GLO
4. HENNESSY
5. FIRS
6. NIGERIAN BREWERIES
7. LAGOS STATE
BEST PERFORMER
A NON-VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE ARTISTES WHOSE
STAGECRAFT, SHOWMANSHIP AND PERFORMANCE
ROUTINES ARE EXCEPTIONALLY CONCEPTUALIZED AND
EXECUTED IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW WITH
CONSIDERATION OF LIVE PERFORMANCES.
1. FLAVOUR
2. FALZ
3. M.I.
4. 2BABA
5. YEMI ALADE
6. TIWA SAVAGE
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
A VOTING CATEGORY FOR THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WHO
HAS HAD A SUCCESFUL YEAR MUSICALLY, WITH THE
ABSENCE OF AN ALBUM IN THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW.
1. KIDI
2. AIRBOY
3. TENI
4. JUNIOR BOY
5. PERUZZI
SPECIAL RECOGNITION
KAFFY
HALL OF FAME
CHRIS UBOSI

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