(YEAR IN REVIEW: MARCH 2012 – JUNE 2013)
1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in year under review.
1. I WISH – WAJE
2. GOOD MORNING – BRYMO
3. NATURAL SOMETHING – SOUND SULTAN
4. THIS YEAR – JAYWON >>> WINNER
ANALYSIS: We bless God for Jaywon, this year, this year.
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
1. PHEELZ – DUROSOKE
2. DTUNES – SHO LEE >>> WINNER
3. DEL B – LIMPOPO
4. LERIQ – LIKE TO PARTY
5. LEGENDURY BEATS – EMI NI BALLER
3. 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.
1. ALINGO – JUDE OKOYE/CLARENCE PETERS >>> WINNER
2. OLIVER TWIST – SESAN
3. GAGA CRAZY – AJE FILM WORKS
4. AZONTO– MOE MUSA
5. YES/NO – CLARENCE PETERS
A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. IYANYA VS. DESIRE – IYANYA
2. O.B.O. – DAVIDO >>> WINNER
3. R&BW – BANKYW
4. BLESSED – FLAVOUR
5. AWAY & BEYOND – 2FACE
A category for the best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group).
1. DON’T LET GO – CAPITAL FEMI
2. GOOD GOOD LOVING – BANKYW >>> WINNER
3. LIKE TO PARTY – BURNA BOY
4. RICH & FAMOUS – PRAIZ
5. OMOTE – ESE PETERS
Analysis: OK, we jam and dance to Good good loving but we all know Burna Boy’s Like to Party was that jam! guess people should vote more, Congrats Mr banky! nice song too.
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
1. IHE NE ME – 2FACE >>> WINNER
2. The KICK – WANDE COAL FT DON JAZZY
3. GOBE – DAVIDO
4. CATCHING COLD – TUNDE EDNUT
5. UR WAIST – IYANYA
6. GOODY BAG – D’PRINCE
A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in year under review (by single individual or group).
1. I WISH – WAJE >>> WINNER
2. RIHANNA – OREZI
3. GIVE IT TO ME – GENERAL PYPE
4. GO DOWN – BABA DEE
ANALYSIS: we thought Orezi’s Rihanna was a banging track also but Waje was not a bad choice. big ups to her, well deserved!
A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
1. OGA BOSS – ILL BLISS
2. THE SECOND COMING – VECTOR
3. YBNL – OLAMIDE >>> WINNER
4. BOOK OF RAP STORIES – REMINISCE
A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
1. GHOST MODE – PHYNO FT. OLAMIDE >>> WINNER
2. TONY MONTANA (REMIX) – NAETO C FT. D’BANJ
3. BADDEST BOY – EME FT. WIZKID, SKALES & BANKYW
4. EZIOKU – LYNXXX FT. IKECHUWKU, ILL BLISS & PHYNO
5. EMI NI BALLER – CHIDINMA FT. SUSPECT & ILL BLISS
6. BABY MI DA (REMIX) – DR. VICTOR OLAIYA FT. 2FACE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap.
1. MAN OF THE YEAR – PHYNO WINNER
2. ANAM ACHI KWANU – ILL BLISS FT. PHYNO
3. DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE
4. 2 MUSSHH – REMINISCE
5. GHOST MODE – PHYNO FT OLAMIDE
ANALYSIS: Phyno was another phenomenal artiste the year under review and he did all these without an album! Congrats to him.
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
1. RICH AND FAMOUS – PRAIZ WINNER
2. OMOTE – ESE PETERS
3. DON’T LET GO – CAPITAL FEMI
4. YES/NO – BANKYW
ANALYSIS: Praiz has an amazing voice but our problem is not even with him, it’s with the nominees on this category itself. Do you mean to say this was all they could get? What happened to Tuface though? Anyhoo, congrats Praiz, we hope to hear more from you.
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
1. I WISH – WAJE WINNER
2. TOH BAD – NIYOLA
3. IRAWO – SEYI SHAY
4. TOTALLY YOURS – ZAINA
5. ONLY YOU – NIKKI LAOYE
ANALYSIS: Not taking Waje’s win away from her (she’s been tenacious) but isn’t it surprising that Omawumi who had a really good album didn’t make any of these categories? Even Tiwa Savage was not nominated here. I mean, no disrespect but Zaina made it, do you smell a rat? Also, I have always had a problem with how the Headies favour the males more than female artistes. Please look into this and do better.
This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased (or signed) act in the year under review.
1. SEAN TIZZLE >>> WINNER
2. DAMMY KRANE
3. BURNA BOY
4. SEYI SHAY
ANALYSIS: Now, Sean Tizzle had a good year but was it good enough to win this category? we don’t think so and even Sean Tizzle himself doesn’t think so that’s why he went gaga last night. Burna boy smoked the year in review, he’s so good he should have had more nominations. Infact, if we were giving scores, Tizzle would not be 3rd on this list.
A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
1. W.A.J.E – WAJE
2. OMO BABA OLOWO – DAVIDO >>> WINNER
3. FRENZY – D’PRINCE
4. THE YEAR OF R’N’B – CAPITAL FEMI
ANALYSIS: very impressive run Davido has had.
A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
1. OLAMIDE – VOICE OF THE STREETS
2. BOOGEY – SANCTUM
3. MODE 9 – LET IT GO WINNER
4. PHYNO – MAN OF THE YEAR
ANALYSIS: Seems Mode9 has a stake at the Headies. No doubt he is super good but he shouldn’t be winning this where you have Olamide and Phyno, like how many people even heard his song? It’s about who did well in a particular year in view not sentiments and old glory, mode9 sing more and you’d win but Headies please get it right!
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.
1. TERRY G – RUN MAD
2. DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE >>> WINNER
3. MY DEAR – DAMMY KRANE
4. SKIBO – SOLID STAR
5. ALAYE – LKT
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.
1. REPETE – BLACKMAGIC WINNER
2. OMO PASTOR – AJEBUTTER FT. BOJ
3. FEEL ALRIGHT – SHOW DEM CAMP FT. BOJ & POE
4. THIS YEAR – JAYWON
ANALYSIS: we are going to say this only once; Olamide deserved all his awards! He has been phenomenal, rose like a phoenix above unflattering comparisons between him and the late rapper, Dagrin and and found his perfect style.
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
1. IYANYA >>>> WINNER
6. ICE PRINCE
ANALYSIS: Well, Iyanya had a massive year especially the time in review. It’s rather surprising that Wizkid didn’t get any awards or did they “Kanye” him? Wizkid has been more than amazing!
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. This category is usually decided by voting.
1. DUROSOKE – OLAMIDE
2. UR WAIST – IYANYA
3. ALINGO – P-SQUARE
4. SHO LEE – SEAN TIZZLE
5. LIMPOPO – KCEE WINNER
ANALYSIS: Big ups to Kcee.. oya Limpopo, baby go limpopo. where’s Presh though? who would have expected Kcee to make it better than Presh? He seemed to be the one who sang more then… reminds me of JC Chasez of Nsync and Justin Timberlake.
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding album and astonishing achievements in year under review.
3. LIQUID DEEP
What happened to this category?
Hall Of Fame
Wasiu Ayinde The 1st