At teentempo we’re fans of African music. In fact we have a Nigerian playlist running in the background on our Apple pods. This year the Headies award took place in Atlanta rather than Lagos. So our African Correspondent-Alexander Olele-had to cover the awards from a distance. But here is his report on the annual celebration of Nigerian music…..

Welcome to the Headies.

The Headies, or the headies award as it is  called, was initially known as the hip hop world awards. It was established in the year 2006 for Nigerian music artists for their long-standing contribution to the Nigerian entertainment industry. The first edition of the headies ceremony was held at the Muson Centre in Eko hotel and suites, which is situated in Lagos state Nigeria, the most populous state in Nigeria.

 The award ceremony is usually hosted by media personalities, influencers, actors, artists and well-celebrated individuals in society. The annual award ceremony always features high-value performance of various promising and established artists. The award is plated with 21-carat gold and a mixture of copper, resin, steel and marble.

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The Headies Awards

The headies award ceremony comprises twenty-five different categories, all open for public voting except for six. Which are

The best rap album of the year, Winner OLAMIDE {CARPE DIEM}

 The best recording of the year, Winner PATORANKING    CELEBRATE ME

 The best male vocal performance of the year, Winner OXLADE  OJUJU

 The best female vocal performance of the year, Winner TEMS

The best male artist. Winner BURNA BOY

Other awards presented in this ceremony to specific individuals for their immense contribution to the creative community and the country include the hall of fame and the special recognition award.

The headies award ceremony held on the 4th of September 2022 was the 15th edition of the award ceremony. What made is edition exceptional was that for the first time in the award history it was not held in the shore of the country Nigeria. Rather it was held at the cobb energy performing arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia of the united states of America.

 The event was hosted by the beautiful Ademola Olasukanmi a prolific Nollywood actress of the federal republic of Nigeria and the United States of America entertainer Anthony Anderson. The 15th edition of the Headies also featured adding new categories to the prestigious award ceremony. Some of these categories include the best afrobeat pop single of the year, best afrobeat pop album of the year, best African collaboration of the year, a best international partnership of the year,

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  Some high points of the event include top-notch performances by some so great upcoming prospects like Pheelz, Ruger, Asake, BNXN, joe boy and Fireboy Dml, who made great performances and other performances  by some of Nigeria’s most iconic artistes such as Adekule Gold, Dbanji,  Flavour, Kcee, Olamide, 2face and Cohbams Asuquo.S

 In conclusion, Headies award ceremony is always an opportunity for Africans and non-Africans to come together to celebrate how far Nigerian and African music have gone globally and to appreciate the talents who made it possible. If you missed the 15th edition, try not to miss the 16th edition.

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