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16th Headies: A Night Celebrating African Music Excellence

Asake’s Breakthrough: Album of the Year and Next Rated at Headies

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16th Headies Awards - 2023

The 16th Headies Awards, celebrating the best in African music, unfolded on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the event’s second consecutive year in the United States. Since its inception in 2006, the Headies has been a cornerstone in acknowledging the achievements of the Nigerian music industry, making it the most coveted accolade in Nigerian music.

Rema emerged as the standout winner, securing three awards, while Burna Boy also shone brightly with his hit ‘Last Last,’ earning him the Afrobeats Single of the Year award. Asake took home the Next Rated award and Album of the Year for ‘Mr. Money With The Vibe.’ Other notable awardees included Seyi Vibez, ODUMODUBLVCK, and Victony.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG: ‘Tinko Tinko’ by Obong Jayar

BEST VIDEO DIRECTOR: ‘Calm Down’ by Director K (Rema)

BEST RAP SINGLE: ‘Declan Rice’ by ODUMODUBLVCK

BEST MALE VOCAL PERFORMANCE: ‘Kpe Paso’ by Wande Coal

BEST RAP ALBUM: ‘Young Preacher’ by Blaqbonez

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL: ‘Flytalk Only’ by Payper Corleone

– PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: ‘Abracadabra’ by Rexxie

BEST MALE ARTIST: Rema

BEST INSPIRATIONAL SONG: ‘Eze Ebube’ by Neon Adejo

AFROBEATS SINGLE OF THE YEAR: ‘Last Last’ by Burna Boy

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: ODUMODUBLVCK

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Sound Sultan

DIGITAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: ‘Calm Down’ by Rema

BEST STREET HIP-HOP ARTISTE: ‘Chance (Na Ham)’ by Seyi Vibez

NEXT-RATED: Asake

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: ‘Mr. Money With The Vibe’ by Asake

BEST COLLABORATION: ‘Who’s Your Guy Remix’ by Spyro, Tiwa Savage

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Rema (Nigeria)

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Selena Gomez

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR: ‘Soweto’ by Victony, Tempoe

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE): ‘In Between’ by Waje

BEST R&B Album: ‘The Brother’s Keeper’ by Chike

HEADIES VIEWERS’ CHOICE: ‘Soweto’ by Victony

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: ‘Loyal’ by Simi Kosoko, Goodsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata

BEST R&B SINGLE: ‘For my hand’ by Burna Boy

BEST FEMALE ARTISTE: Ayra Starr

BEST EAST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)

BEST NORTH AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: El Grande Toto (Morocco)

BEST CENTRAL AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Libianca (Cameroon)

BEST SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Focalistic (South Africa)

BEST WEST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Black Sherif (Ghana)

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM: ‘Gbagada Express’ by BOJ

HALL OF FAME: Youssou N’dour

The Headies Awards continue to recognize and honor the outstanding artists that are reshaping the African music scene.

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