Here is the complete list of winners at the 14th Headies
On February 21, 2021, Nigeria’s premier music award show held via virtual and live media due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A lot of the show had been pre-recorded and the live event, featuring nominees held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The red carpet began at 5pm while the main event belatedly commenced around 9:50 pm.
The year-in-review is between July 2019 and September 2020. It will be the 14th edition of an award heralded by Ayo Animashaun and his company, HipHop World. Fireboy led the way with five wins including Album of The Year for his sophomore album, Apollo while Wizkid won two awards including Artist of The Year.
The show was attended by a lot of Nigerian celebrities like Wizkid, 2baba, Sound Sultan, Fireboy, Idia Aisien, AY, AQ, iLLBliss, Bad Boy Timz, Omah Lay, Mayorkun and more while Davido, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage weren’t seen amongst the crowd.
This year saw winners in new categories; Songwriter of The Year and Best Alternative Album. The hosts were Bovi and Nancy Isime.
Find the full list of winners below;
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.
OZYMANDIAS – BRYMO SMILE – WIZKID FEAT. HER WONDERFUL – BURNA BOY DREAMER – FIREBOY DML GHOST TOWN – WURLD
BEST POP SINGLE
A voting category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).
BILLIONAIRE – TENI NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI. LADY – REMA FEM – DAVIDO JORO – WIZKID SKELETUN – TEKNO SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.
FEM – DAVIDO NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI JORO – WIZKID MAFO – NAIRA MARLEY DUDUKE – SIMI PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
PHEELZ – ‘BILLIONAIRE’ BY TENI SPAX – ‘AWAY’ BY OXLADE KEL P – ‘PULL UP’ BY BURNA BOY SARZ – ‘MAD’ BY SARZ & WURLD BEST RAP ALBUM
A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.
GOD’S ENGINEERING – AQ ILLY CHAPO X – ILLBLISS YPSZN2 – PSYCHO YP CULT! – PAYBAC IBORO THE ERIGMA II – ERIGGA BEST R&B ALBUM
A category for the best r&b album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
LAUGHTER, TEARS AND GOOSEBUMPS – FIREBOY DML
I LIKE GIRLS WITH TROBUL – SARZ & WURLD
KING – PRAIZ
BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE
CELIA – TIWA SAVAGE
BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
A category for the best Alternative album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
YELLOW – BRYMO LUCID – ASA THE LIGHT – BEZ PIONEERS – DRB LASGIDI ROOTS – THE CAVEMEN BEST POP ALBUM
A category for the best pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
APOLLO – FIREBOY DML AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY A GOOD TIME – DAVIDO WOMAN OF STEEL – YEMI ALADE AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD 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.
ELI – FIREBOY DML BY CLARENCE PETERS
1 MILLI – DAVIDO BY DIRECTOR K
SMILE – WIZKID BY MEJI ALABI
BILLIONAIRE – TENI BY TG OMORI
SHEKERE – YEMI ALADE BY OVIE ETSEYATSE
BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
UNDER THE SKY – PRAIZ DUDUKE – SIMI MAD – SARZ & WURLD BAD INFLUENCE – OMAH LAY TATTOO – FIREBOY DML DANGEROUS LOVE – TIWA SAVAGE BEST COLLABORATION
A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
KNOW YOU – LADIPOE FEAT. SIMI NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI SWEET IN THE MIDDLE – DAVIDO FEAT. NAIRA MARLEY, ZLATAN & WURLD DON’T CALL ME BACK – JOEBOY FEAT. MAYORKUN TOTORI – ID CABASA FEAT. WIZKID & OLAMIDE GET THE INFO – PHYNO FEAT. PHENOM & FALZ BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
OGB4IG – REMINISCE SHUT UP – BLAQBONEZ COUNTRY – ILLBLISS GET THE INFO – PHYNO, FALZ & PHENOM BOP DADDY – FALZ FEAT. MS. BANKS 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.
WURLD – GHOST TOWN CHIKE – FORGIVE PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY COHBAMS – PLENTI NONSO AMADI – WHAT MAKES YOU SURE JOHNNY DRILLE – COUNT ON YOU BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
SIMI – NO LONGER BENEFICIAL LINDSEY ABUDEI – ONE ON THE OUTSIDE NINIOLA – ADDICTED J-DESS – CHI EFO YEMI ALADE – LAI LAI IMANSE – AJALA NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.
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.
CORNER – LADY DONLY FEAT. VANJESS & THE CAVEMEN I WONDER – MOELOGO BITTER – DEENA ADE ANITA – THE CAVEMEN MONEY DEVOTION – GBASKY GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – OLU 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).
AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY APOLLO – FIREBOY DML AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD YELLOW – BRYMO BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.
BURNA BOY DAVIDO WIZKID MAYORKUN TIWA SAVAGE AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION
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.
MASTER KG KUAMI EUGENE SAUTI SOL SHAATA WALE STONEBWOY HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.
DAVIDO OMAH LAY BURNA BOY FALZ FIREBOY DML MAYORKUN DJ NEPTUNE WIZKID ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.
OLAKIRA ALPHA P JAMOPYPER ZINOLEESKY BAD BOY TIMZ SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
A non-voting category for the writer of a song (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence, composition, arrangement, rendition) in the year under review.
SIMISOLA BOLATITO OGUNLEYE (SIMI – DUDUKE) ADEDAMOLA ADEFOLAHAN (FIREBOY DML – DREAMER) DAMINI OGULU (BURNA BOY – WAY TOO BIG) STANLEY OMAH DIDIA (OMAH LAY – BAD INFLUENCE) SADIQ ONIFADE (WURLD – GHOST TOWN ADEKUNLE KOSOKO (1 MILLION – DAVIDO) SPECIAL RECOGNITION:
A special recognition to an individual(s) for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
HALL OF FAME:
A special recognition to an individual for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.