It’s no surrpise they are topping this year’s list: Olamide and Phyno have worked pretty hard in the last 12 months. Photo: Instagram
We guess they saved the best for last. As reported earlier, The Headies, Nigeria’s most prominent music awards show holds on December 26, 2013 and the nominees have been announced!
Rapper Olamide tops the list with an alarming nine nominations, the highest ever received in the history of the awards show. It’s been a very big year in review for ‘Badoo’, who recently released his ‘Baddest Guy Ever Liveth’ album, a year after he dropped the critically acclaimed sophomore ‘YBNL’. He has been nominated in the ‘Best Rap Album’, ‘Best Rap Single’, ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’, and six other categories including the most sought after award, ‘Artiste of the Year’.
Igbo-lingo rapper Phyno follows closely with seven nominations. The ‘Man of the year’ who is yet to release a debut has flooded the music scene with multiple hits including the heavy duet ‘Ghost mode’ with Olamide.
Two other top nominees who’ll be fighting for the ‘Artiste of the Year’ award are Pop singers Davido andIyanya. Both acts received five nods each.
Waje who released her long awaited debut ‘Words Aren’t Just Enough’ leads the female pack with five nods. She contends with Seyi Shay, Niyola, Nikki Laoye and Zaina for the ‘Best Vocal Performance (Female)’.
A new category ‘Best Alternative Song’ has been added to this year’s list with the likes of Blackmagic, Ajebutter 22, Jaywon and Show Dem Camp receiving nods.
Organizers of the awards, Smooth Promotions have announced that veteran musician Onyeka Onwenuwill be inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’, as a ‘special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry’.
The full list can be viewed below…
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in year under review. I WISH – WAJE GOOD MORNING – BRYMO NATURAL SOMETHING – SOUND SULTAN THIS YEAR – JAYWON
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review. PHEELZ – DUROSOKE DTUNES – SHO LEE DEL B – LIMPOPO LERIQ – LIKE TO PARTY LEGENDURY BEATS – EMI NI BALLER
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. ALINGO – JUDE OKOYE/CLARENCE PETERS OLIVER TWIST – SESAN GAGA CRAZY – AJE FILM WORKS AZONTO– MOE MUSA YES/NO – CLARENCE PETERS
BEST R&B/POP ALBUM A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group). IYANYA VS. DESIRE – IYANYA O.B.O. – DAVIDO R&BW – BANKYW BLESSED – FLAVOUR AWAY & BEYOND – 2FACE
BEST R&B SINGLE A category for the best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group). DON’T LET GO – CAPITAL FEMI GOOD GOOD LOVING – BANKYW LIKE TO PARTY – BURNA BOY RICH & FAMOUS – PRAIZ OMOTE – ESE PETERS
BEST POP SINGLE A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group) IHE NE ME – 2FACE The KICK – WANDE COAL FT DON JAZZY GOBE – DAVIDO CATCHING COLD – TUNDE EDNUT UR WAIST – IYANYA GOODY BAG – D’PRINCE
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in year under review (by single individual or group). I WISH – WAJE RIHANNA – OREZI GIVE IT TO ME – GENERAL PYPE GO DOWN – BABA DEE
BEST RAP ALBUM A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review. OGA BOSS – ILL BLISS THE SECOND COMING – VECTOR YBNL – OLAMIDE BOOK OF RAP STORIES – REMINISCE
BEST COLLABO A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos). GHOST MODE – PHYNO FT. OLAMIDE TONY MONTANA (REMIX) – NAETO C FT. D’BANJ BADDEST BOY – EME FT. WIZKID, SKALES & BANKYW EZIOKU – LYNXXX FT. IKECHUWKU, ILL BLISS & PHYNO EMI NI BALLER – CHIDINMA FT. SUSPECT & ILL BLISS BABY MI DA (REMIX) – DR. VICTOR OLAIYA FT. 2FACE
BEST RAP SINGLE A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap. MAN OF THE YEAR – PHYNO ANAM ACHI KWANU – ILL BLISS FT. PHYNO DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE 2 MUSSHH – REMINISCE GHOST MODE – PHYNO FT OLAMIDE
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. RICH AND FAMOUS – PRAIZ OMOTE – ESE PETERS DON’T LET GO – CAPITAL FEMI YES/NO – BANKYW
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album. I WISH – WAJE TOH BAD – NIYOLA IRAWO – SEYI SHAY TOTALLY YOURS – ZAINA ONLY YOU – NIKKI LAOYE
NEXT RATED This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased (or signed) act in the year under review. SEAN TIZZLE DAMMY KRANE BURNA BOY SEYI SHAY PHYNO
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review. W.A.J.E – WAJE OMO BABA OLOWO – DAVIDO FRENZY – D’PRINCE THE YEAR OF R’N’B – CAPITAL FEMI
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. OLAMIDE – VOICE OF THE STREETS BOOGEY – SANCTUM MODE 9 – LET IT GO PHYNO – MAN OF THE YEAR
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. TERRY G – RUN MAD DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE MY DEAR – DAMMY KRANE SKIBO – SOLID STAR ALAYE – LKT
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. REPETE – BLACKMAGIC OMO PASTOR – AJEBUTTER FT. BOJ FEEL ALRIGHT – SHOW DEM CAMP FT. BOJ & POE THIS YEAR – JAYWON
ALBUM OF THE YEAR A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (in every realm: Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity). IYANYA VS. DESIRE– IYANYA O.B.O. – DAVIDO R&BW – BANKYW BLESSED – FLAVOUR YBNL – OLAMIDE
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review. IYANYA DAVIDO WIZKID FLAVOUR OLAMIDE ICE PRINCE
SONG OF THE YEAR A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. This category is usually decided by voting. DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE UR WAIST – IYANYA ALINGO – P-SQUARE SHO LEE – SEAN TIZZLE LIMPOPO – KCEE
BEST AFRICAN ARTISTE A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding album and astonishing achievements in year under review. R2BEES MAFIKIZOLO LIQUID DEEP SARKODIE MICASA
HALL OF FAME Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry. ONYEKA ONWENU