headiesBy Rashidat Akashat

As several music lovers anticipate Nigeria’s most prestigious indigenous music awards “Headies”, which holds on Thursday, December 22, at the prestigious Eko Hotel And Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, prominent artistes like Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay top most of the categories.

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Nominees and Categories

Nominees for Artiste of The Year: Most successful artiste determined by their commercial successes;

Wizkid

Falz

Tiwa Salvage

Yemi Alade.

Nominess for Song of The Year: Popular songs in 2016

Final (Baba Nla) – Wizkid

Osinachi – Humblesmith Feat. Davido

Pick Up – Adekunle Gold

Reggae Blues – Harrysong Feat.

Fada Fada – Phyno Feat. Olamide

Nominees for Best Vocal Male Performance: This is a non-voting category for the most exceptional male vocalist on a single song or album and video performances.

Brymo – Something Good Is Happening
Darey Feat. Soweto Choir – Pray For Me
Shaydee – Smile
Wande Coal – Super Woman
Ric Hassani – Gentleman

Nominess for Best Female Vocal Performance: This is a non-voting category for the most exceptional male vocalist on a single song or album and video perfomances.
Simi – Love Don’T Care
Seyi Shay – Right Now
Aramide Feat. Adekunle Gold – Love Me
Omawumi Feat. Angelie Kidjo – Play Na Play

Nominess for Best Collabo: A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
Soldier – Falz Feat. Simi
Reggae blues – Harrysong Feat. Orezi, Iyanya, Olamide, Kcee
Osinachi – Humblesmith Feat. Davido
Wait – Solidstar Feat. Tiwa Savage
No kissing – Patoranking Feat. Sarkodie
Money – Timaya Feat. Flavour

Nominees for Best Reggae And Dancehall Single – This category comprises of the most outstanding Raggae and Dancehall singles of the year:
No kissing – Patoranking Ft. Sarkodie
Body hot – Praiz Ft. Jesse Jagz And Stone Bwoy
Jaga love – Jesse Jagz
Olowo – Cynthia Morgan
Pam pam – Ketchup
I like the way – Timaya

Nominess for Best Rap Album –This Category is a non-voting category for the Best Rap Album This Year:
Eyan mayweather – Olamide
Powerful – Ill Bliss
Stories that touch – Falz
Yagi – Lil’ Kesh

Nominess for Best Pop Single – This category is for the best pop singles:
Mama – Kiss Daniel
Final (baba nla) – Wizkid
Pick up – Adekunle Gold
Osinachi – Humblesmith Feat. Davido
Reggae blues – Harrysong Feat. Orezi, Iyanya, Olamide, Kcee
Emergency – D’Banj
Fada fada – Phyno Feat. Olamide
Money – Timaya Feat. Flavour

Nominees for Best R&B And Pop Album –This category is for the most outstanding R&B/Pop Album of the year:
New era – Kiss Daniel
Wanted – Wande Coal
Klitoris – Brymo
Naked – Darey
Seyi or shay – Seyi Shay

Nominees for Best R&B Single – A category for the best R&B single in the year:
Love don’t care – Simi
Made for you – Banky W
Super woman – Wande Coal
Pray for me – Darey
Aduke – Tjan
Smile – Shaydee

Nominees for Best Music Video – This voting category which ususally goes to the Video Director is designed for the best creative, best directed and produced video of the year:
Emergency (D’Banj) – Unlimited La
Mary (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi
Soldier (Falz Tha Bad Guy) – Clarence Peters
Made for you – Banky W
Bad – Tiwa Savage Feat. Wizkid – Sesan

Best Rap Single – This voting category is particularly for the Best Rap Single:
Eyan mayweather – Olamide
Asamalekun – Reminisce
Jagaban – Ycee
Chukwu agozi gogi – Ill Bliss
Agu ji ndi men – A-Q
Show you something – Boogey

Nominess for the Next Rated award – This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming act:
Ycee
Tekno
Mr. Eazi
Humblesmith
Aramide

Nominees for Hip Hop World Revelation – This voting category is for the best new artiste of the year:
New era – Kiss Daniel
Seyi Shay – Seyi or shay
Yagi – Lil Kesh
Runtown – Ghetto University

Nomiees for the Lyricist On The Roll Award –Another non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical style and performance on a single song or album:

Ill Bliss – Chukwu agozi gogi
Reminsce – Asalamaleku
Ycee – Jagaban
Boogey – Show you something
A-Q – Agu ji ndi men’
Modenine – No matter what

Nominees for Best Street-Hop Artiste – This is a street inspired voting category. It is based on songs which captures street lingua, even if it happens to be generated by the artistes:
Olamide – Who you epp
Ajebutter Feat. Falz – Bad gang
Koker – Ko le werk
Ycee – Jagaban
Small Dokta – Gbera
2T Boys – Customer Dada Ni

Nominees for Best ‘Alternative’ Song – This is a category which falls out of the regular mainstream music, it doesn’t have to be an old or new song but more of a freestyle art:
Pick up – Adekunle Gold
Something good is happening – Brymo
You suppose know – Bez
Wait for me – Johnny Drille
Gentleman – Ric Hassani

Nominees for Album Of The Year – This is a voting category on excellence of music that meets the judges expectations in songwriting, production, rendition and promotion and acceptability, sales and popularity:
Stories that touch – Falz
New era – Kiss Daniel
Wanted – Wande Coal
Seyi or shay – Seyi Shay

Nominees for African Artist –This category for an individual African artiste or a group who are not Nigerians. This award is given to the artiste with the most impressive achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in 2016:
Sauti Sol
Casper Nyovest
Dj Maphorisa
Stonebwoy
Sarkodie

Nominees for Producer Of The Year –This goes to the Individual responsible for the best song or album of the year:
Dj Coublon ‘Good time & raba’
Pheels – ‘PICK UP & LAGOS BOYS’ – OLAMIDE
Legendury Beats – ‘Final – Baba Nla’ Wizkid
Young John – ‘Mama’ – Kiss Daniel
Mastakraft – ‘Fada Fada’, ‘Connect’ – Phyno
Oscar Herman-Ackah – ‘Pray For Me’ – Darey

Nominees for the Best Recording Of The Year – This is still another non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group of the year:
Emergency – D’Banj
Pray for me – Darey Feat. Soweto Choir
Love don’t care – Simi
Orente – Adekunle Gold
Something good is happening – Brymo

Nominees for the 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:
Emergency (D’Banj) – Unlimited La
Mary (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi
Soldier (Falz Tha Bad Guy) – Clarence Peters
Made for you – Banky W
Bad – Tiwa Savage Feat. Wizkid – Sesan

The Headies 2016 will be hosted by Falz and Adesua Etomi and holds at the Eko Convention Centre on the December 22, 2016, with the red carpet kicking off at 7 p.m.

According to the executive producer of The Headies, Ayo Animashaun, the only way to ensure your favourite artiste win is to vote for them.

‘We are not going to take responsibility if another underdog wins a category; the only way to avoid that is to vote,’ he said.

Also in this year’s edition, the event will kick off immediately after the red carpet at 9 p.m. with the gate closing at 8:45 p.m.

The Headies have also partnered with a cab service provider – SMART CAB, who will provide free ride to and from the event venue.