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The Headies Award

The headies Award has evolved over the years and has become a household name in the Nigerian music industry. When did headies begin? What are the lists of award category?, Highlights of the past events? What will you like to know about the Headies award? Read below

When is the Headies

The Headies: Photo-credit The Guardian Nigeria

When did Headies Award Start?

The Headies is a Nigerian music awards ceremony organised by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria in 2006 to recognize, reward and celebrate outstanding talents in the Nigerian music industry

This annual event features performances by established and upcoming Superstars in the Nigerian music industry. It is broadcast live on Hip TV to viewers across Nigeria

 Highlights of Past Headies Award Event

Started out as the Hip Hop World Awards in 2006, here some highlights of past headies

2006 Hip Hop World Awards

The 1st edition of the Hip Hop World Awards

Date: 10 March 2006,

The venue of the Event: The Shell Hall of the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos.

Host: Darey Art Alade

Theme: The Revolution is Here.

2007 Hip Hop World Awards

The 2nd edition of the Hip Hop World Awards

Date: 17 March 2007

The venue of the Event: the Muson Center (for the second consecutive year)

Theme:

Hosts: D'banj and Tana.

2008 Hip Hop World Awards

The 3rd edition of the Hip Hop World Awards

Date: 15 March 2008

The venue of the Event: Planet One in Maryland, Lagos

Hosts: Comedian Basketmouth and Nollywood actress Dakore Egbuson

Theme: Change has to Change

Random Gist: In this edition, the plaque of The Headies was plated with 21-carat gold and the nominees' party was held at Babylon, a private beach resort

2009 Hip Hop World Awards

The 4th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards was

Date: 16 May 2009 at

The venue of Event: The International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Hosts: Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba.

Random Gist: The nominees' party for this edition were hosted at Ajibogun, a village in Ogun State.

2010 Hip Hop World Awards

The 5th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards

Date: 16 May 2009

The venue of the Event: Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Host: None.

 2011 Hip Hop World Awards

The 6th edition of the Hip Hop World Awards

Date: 22 October 2011

The venue of the Event: Tthe Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Hosts: Rita Dominic and eLDee,

Random Gist: This edition was when the award's name was officially changed to "The Headies".In addition, a total of 21-cart gold plaques were handed out

2012 Headies

The 7th edition of The Headies

Date: 20 October 2012

The venue of the Event: the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos

Hosts: M.I Abaga and Omawunmi.

Random Gist: The hosts, MI and Omawunmi, thrilled the fans with a song titled "The Headies".

2013 Headies

The 8th edition of The Headies

Date: 26 December 2013

The venue of the Event: The Oriental Hotel in Lagos

Hosts: Tiwa Savage and Dr SID.

2014 Headies

The 9th edition of The Headies

Date: 14 December 2014

The Venue of the event: The Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Theme: Feel the Passion

Hosts: Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth.

Random Gist: This edition was initially scheduled to feat on 25 October 2014 and Bovi was initially announced as one of the hosts but was booked for another show

2015 Headies

The 10th edition of The Headies

Date: 1 January 2016 (previously scheduled to hold on 30 December 2015)

The venue of the Event: The Landmark Events Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed "Flip the Script",

Hosts: Bovi and Kaffy.

Random Gist: In this edition, Reekado Banks won the Next Rated award but his win was criticized by music critics, who challenged the "Fairness of the award process"

 2016 Headies

The 11th edition of The Headies

Date: 22 December 2016

The venue of the Event: The Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos

Theme: Think, Create, Recreate

Hosts: Adesua Etomi and Falz.

 2018 Headies

The 12th edition of The Headies

Date: 5 May 2018 at

The venue of the Event: The Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos

Hosts: Nigerian comedian Bovi and singer Seyi Shay

2019 Headies

The 13th edition

Date: 19 October 2019

The venue of the event: The Eko Convention Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Theme: Power of a Dream

Hosted: Nigerian rapper Reminisce and actress/media personality Nancy Isime.

Headies Award Plague Design

The founder of Headies, Ayo Animashaun, created the image of Headies, and was sketched and drawn by Matthias Aragbada., and Jide Adewoye created the first plague.

When asked what the award represents:

It signifies the "image and the shout of a young, vibrant individual whose talent can challenge that of renowned local and international artistes combined, but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of discouraging circumstances presented by the peculiar Nigerian environment." 

The old plague designs were plated with 21-karat gold, now, it’s made of different materials and alloys such as steel, gold, resin, and copper

Headies Award Groupings and Categories

The Headies, over the years, have increased their catalogues of the awards issued and this is to recognize more talents from a different genre of music. As of 2018, The Headies is composed of 25 categories. The award is also grouped into ‘voting’, ‘non-voting’, and ‘miscellaneous awards’.

Headies Award Voting Groups

Producer of the Year

African Artiste of the Year

Best Music Video Director

Artiste of the Year

Best Rap Single

Song of the Year

Best Collaboration

Album of the Year

Next Rated

Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year

Best R&B/Pop Album

Best Street Hop Artiste

Best R&B Single

Best Pop Single

Rookie of the Year

Viewer's Choice

Headies Award Non-voting Groups

Best Recording of the Year

Best Rap Album

Best Vocal Performance

Best Vocal Performance

Lyricist on the Roll

Best Performer

Headies’ Miscellaneous Groups

Hall of Fame

Special Recognition Award

Artists with Most Number of Headies awards

11        Wizkid

9          Mode 9

8          Davido

8          2 Face Idibia

7          Olamide

7          Wande Coal

6          P-Square

6          MI Abaga

5          Timi Dakolo

5          9ice

5          Jude Okoye

4          D'banj

4          Aṣa

4          Don Jazzy

4          Darey

4          Vector

4          Paul Play

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