The Nigerian music industry celebrated its achievements at the 2023 Headies Award, held in Atlanta Georgia on Sunday, September 3, 2023. This was the second year in a row that the prestigious award ceremony took place in Atlanta. 

The Headies, which started in 2006, has become the biggest prize in Nigerian music and a platform for showcasing the progress made by Nigerian artists.

The night belonged to Mavin star, Rema, who won three awards and delivered a speech highlighting Nigerian music’s importance in the global scene.

Other notable winners were Asake, who bagged two awards including the highly coveted Next Rated Award; and Burna Boy, who scooped the Afrobeat Single of the Year and the Best R&B Song.

The 2023 Headies Award event was hosted by award-winning Nigerian actress, Osas Ighodaro and American media personality and actor, Terrence Jenkins. 

2023 Headies Award ~ Complete Winners List.

Best Rap Single

Odumodublvck – “Declan Rice”

Best Vocal Performance

Wande Coal – “Kpe Paso”

Best Music Video

Director K – “Calm Down” (Remix)

Best Rap Album

Blaqbonez – Young Preacher

Lyricist on the Roll

Payper Corleone – “Fly talk alone”

Producer of the Year

Rexxie – Abracadaba Remix

Best Male Artiste


Rookie of the Year


Best Inspirational Single

Neon Adejo – “Eze Ebube”

Special Recognition

Sound Sultan

Afrobeats Single of the Year

Burna Boy – “Last Last”

Digital Artiste of the Year


Best Street Hop Artiste

Seyi Vibez

Next Rated


Album of the Year

Asake – “Mr Money with the vibe”

Song of the Year

Burna Boy – “Last Last”

Best Collaboration

Spyro ft Tiwa Savage – “Who is your guy remix”

African Artiste of the Year

Rema (Nigeria)

Best West African Artiste of the Year

Black Sherif (Ghana)

Best R&B Album

Chike – The Brother’s Keeper

Headies Viewers choice

Victony- “Soweto”

International Artiste of the Year

Selena Gomez

Best Recording of the Year

Victony & Tempoe – “Soweto”

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

Waje – “In Between”

Best North African Artiste of the Year

El Grande Toto – Morocco

Best East African Artiste of the Year

Diamond Platnumz

Best Central African Artiste of the Year

Libianca – Cameroon

Best Female Artiste

Ayra Starr

Hall of Fame

Youssou N’Dour

Songwriter of the Year

Simi Kosoko, Godsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata – “Loyal” (Simi)

Best Alternate Album

BOJ – Gbagada Express

Best Southern African Artiste of the Year

Focalistic – South Africa

Best R&B Single

Burna Boy – “For My Hand”

Best Alternative Song

Wizard Chan – “Earth Song”

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