Burna Boy is the highest nominee for the 2023 Headies Awards, which celebrates Pan-African and Afrobeats expertise. Burna Boy obtained 10 nominations, together with African artiste of the 12 months, greatest Afrobeats album, greatest male artiste and music of the 12 months.

Asake obtained eight nods. Rema, who collaborated on the worldwide smash “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez, obtain 5 nods, as did Omah Lay, Victony, Simi, Kizz Daniel and Pheelz every obtained 5 nods. Oxlade tallied 4 nods, whereas Ruger had three.

Drake, Future, Gomez, Don Toliver and Ed Sheeran are vying for worldwide artist of the 12 months on the present, which can be held on the Cobb Power Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Sept. 3. The present can be streamed reside on YouTube (U.S.) and HipTV (Africa) Community.

Sean “Love” Combs is slated to obtain an Worldwide Artiste Recognition award. Youssou N’dour will obtain a Corridor of Fame award.

Bayanni, Khaid, Guchi, Bloody Civilian, Odumodublvck and Eltee Skhillz are competing for rookie of the 12 months. The winner will obtain not solely glory, but additionally additionally a solar-powered, two-bedroom, totally furnished home.

That is the sixteenth version of the Headies Awards. Up to now 12 months, three main, all-genre music awards reveals have launched Afrobeats or African music classes. The American Music Awards have been the primary main music awards present so as to add such a class. They added favourite Afrobeats artist on the present that aired Nov. 20, 2022. Wizkid was the inaugural winner, beating Burna Boy, CKay, Fireboy DML and Tems.

The MTV Video Music Awards added a brand new class this 12 months — greatest Afrobeats. The front-runner is Rema & Gomez’s “Calm Down,” which is nominated in two different classes, greatest music and greatest collaboration.

The Grammys added an identical class, greatest African music efficiency, this 12 months (for the awards that can be introduced on Feb. 4, 2024). Grammy nominations can be introduced on Nov. 10.

The Headies Awards, initially referred to as the Hip Hop World Awards, have been established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Journal of Nigeria to acknowledge excellent achievements within the Nigerian music business.

This may mark the present’s second 12 months on the Cobb Power Performing Arts Centre. It was held in Lagos or Nigeria yearly from 2006 to 2021 (besides 2017 and 2020, when there was no ceremony).

“We are so excited that The Headies will return to American soil once again,” Ayo Animashaun, CEO and founding father of the Headies Awards, mentioned in an announcement. “We know that Afrobeats connects people all around the globe, and this year’s event exemplifies and celebrates the power of our culture. The Headies will be an evening not only of dynamic talent, but also memorable moments that will resonate with audiences worldwide.”

The eligibility interval is January 2022 to March 2023.

For extra particulars on the sixteenth Annual Headies Awards, go to theheadies.com.

Right here is the complete listing of nominations for the 2023 Headies Awards.

Worldwide Artiste Recognition

Sean “Love” Combs

­Corridor of Fame

Youssou N’dour

Particular Recognition

Sound Sultan

Worldwide Artist of the Yr



Selena Gomez

Don Toliver

Ed Sheeran

Album of the Yr

Love, Damini – Burna Boy

Mr Cash With the Vibe – Asake

Rave And Roses – Rema

Boy Alone – Omah Lay

Outlaw – Victony

Timeless – Davido

Tune of the Yr

“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

Finest Feminine Artiste



Ayra Starr

Tiwa Savage

Finest Male Artiste



Kizz Daniel


Omah Lay

Burna Boy

Rookie of the Yr




Bloody Civilian


Eltee Skhillz

Finest Recording of the Yr

“Alone” – Burna Boy

“Soweto” – Victony & Tempoe

“I’m A Mess” – Omah Lay

“Ku Lo Sa” – Oxlade

“Stand Strong” – Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir

“No Woman, No Cry” – Tems

Producer of the Yr

Magicsticks – “Sungba Remix” (Asake)

P.Prime, Tmxo & Pheelz – “Electricty” (Pheelz Ft Davido)

Andre Vibez & London – “Calm Down” (Rema)

Tempoe – “Soweto” (Victony & Tempoe)

Kel-P – “Kpe Paso” (Wande Coal & Olamide)

Rexxie – “Abracadabra” (Rexxie, Naira Marley, Skiibii & Wizkid)

Songwriter of the Yr

Simi Kosoko, Godsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata – “Loyal” (Simi)

Stanley Didia, Adebajo Adebanjo – “I’m A Mess” (Omah Lay)

Tems, Ludwig Goransson, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Ryan Coogler – “Lift Me Up” (Rihanna)

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Austin Jnr Iornongu Iwar, Peace Oredope, Ludwig Goransson – “Alone” (Burna Boy)

Daniel Benson “In My Mind” (Bnxn)

Fuayefika Maxwell – Earth Tune (Wizard Chan)

Finest 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

Finest Rap Single

“Hustle” – Reminisce

“Big Energy” – Ladipoe

“Back In Uni” – Blaqbonez

“Bando Diaries” – Psychoyp

“Declan Rice” – Odumodublvck

“My Bro” – Jeriq Ft. Phyno

Finest Different Tune

“Earth Song” – Wizard Chan

“Final Champion” – Merciless Santino

“The Traveller” – Basketmouth Ft The Cavemen

“In A Loop” – Boj Ft Moliy & Mellissa

“Game Changer” (Dike) – Flavour

“Tinko Tinko” – Obongjayar

Finest Vocal Efficiency (Feminine)

Niniola – “Memories”

Simi –  “Loyal”

Waje – “In Between“

Liya – “Adua Remix”

Preye – “Red Wine”

Dami Oniru – “Just 4 U”

Finest Vocal Efficiency (Male)

Oxlade – “Ku Lo Sa”

Ric Hassani – “My Only Baby”

Magixx – “Love Don’t Cost A Dime”

Chike – “Spell Remix”

Praiz – “Reckless”

Wande Coal – “Kpe Paso”

Finest Music Video

Blaqbonez & Perliks – “Back In Uni” (Blaqbonez)

Tg Omori – “Pbuy” (Asake)

Director Pink– “Spell Remix” (Chike & Oxlade)

Tg Omori – “Bandana” (Fireboy & Asake)

Director Okay – “Common Person” (Burna Boy)

Director Okay – “Calm Down” (Rema)

Finest Collaboration

Asake Ft. Burna Boy – “Sungba Remix”

Bnxn Ft. Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez – “Gwagwalada”

Pheelz Ft. Bnxn – “Finesse”

Spyro Ft. Tiwa Savage – “Who’s Your Guy Remix”

Pheelz Ft. Davido – “Electricity”

Wande Coal Ft. Olamide – “Kpe Paso”

Finest Avenue-Hop Artiste

Rexxie Ft. Naira Marley & Skiibii – “Abracadabra”

Seyi Vibez – “Chance (Na Ham)”

Asake – “Joha”

Zlatan Ft. Younger Jonn – “Astalavista”

Poco Lee & Hotkid – “Otilo”

Mohbad – “Peace”

Afrobeats Single of the Yr

“Last Last” – Burna Boy

“Rush” – Ayra Starr

“Buga” – Kizz Daniel & Tekno

“Finesse” – Pheelz Ft Bnxn

“Who’s Your Guy?” – Spyro

“Asiwaju” – Ruger

Headies’ Viewers’ Alternative

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”

Finest West African Artiste of the Yr

­Gyakie (Ghana)

Black Sherif (Ghana)

The Therapist (Liberia)

Camidoh (Ghana)

Finest East African Artiste of the Yr


Diamond Platinumz


Eddy Kenzo

Hewan Gebreworld

Finest North African Artiste of the Yr

Marwa Loud – Morocco

Wegz – Egypt

El Grande Toto – Morocco

Soolking – Algeria

Finest Southern African Artiste of the Yr

Aka (South Africa)

Nasty C – South Africa

Costa Titch – South Africa

Uncle Waffles – South Africa

Focalistic – South Africa

Dj Tarico – Mozambique

Finest Central African Artiste of the Yr

Fally Ipupa – Democratic Republic of Congo

Gaz Mawete – Democratic Republic of Congo

Matias Damasio – Angola

Emma’a – Gabon

Libianca – Cameroon

Finest R&B Album

House – Johnny Drille

The Brother’s Keeper – Chike

Reckless – Praiz

Waje 2.0 – Waje

Matter of Time – Dami Oniru

To Be Trustworthy (Tbh) – Simi

Finest Different Album

Horoscopes – Basketmouth

Gbagada Specific – Boj

Some Nights I Dream of Doorways – Obongjayar

Subaru Boys: Ultimate Heaven – Merciless Santino

Coronary heart of the Heavenly Plain – Somadina

Native World – Native Sound System

Finest Rap Album

Fly Discuss Solely – Payper Corleone

Palmwine Music Vol 3 – Present Dem Camp

Younger Preacher – Blaqbonez

Ypszn3 – Psychoyp

Teslim: The Power Nonetheless Lives in Me – Vector

Billion Greenback Dream – Jeriq

Subsequent Rated

Younger Jonn

Seyi Vibez




African Artiste of the Yr

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”

Finest Inspirational Single

“Stand Strong” – Davido Ft Sunday Service Choir

“Jireh (My Provider)” – Limoblaze, Lecrae & Happi Music

“This Year” – Victor Thompson & Ehis ‘D’ Biggest

“Eze Ebube” – Neon Adejo

“Tobechukwu” – Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo

“I Get Backing” – Victoria Orenze

Digital Artiste of the Yr

Burna Boy

Ayra Starr


Omah Lay

Kizz Daniel