On Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, the 15th annual Headies Awards recognized Wizkid and Tems as the top winners. The show was held outside of Nigeria for the first time.
The international hit song “Essence” won song of the year and best R&B single in 2021 after Wizkid and Tems collaborated on it. The song became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. For If Orange Was a Place, Tems won best female artiste and best R&B album, in addition to Wizkid winning album of the year.
Aside from winning best recording of the year for “Celebrate Me,” Patoranking won best reggae and dancehall album. Among the awards, Burna Boy was named African artiste of the year and the best male artiste.
The FireBoyDML won best single and video awards for “Peru” and “Champion.” Box won the Next rated: award and best rap single for Ladipoe’s Feeling, and Ayra Starr won the Headies’ viewers’ choice award for “Bloody Samaritan.”
The category is designed for non-African artists or groups who have significantly impacted Afrobeats and won over Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Nas. Chris Brown beat Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Nas, and Drake.
The three new categories at this year’s awards ceremony were best inspirational single, international artiste, and digital artiste. Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, FireBoyDML, Adekunle Gold, Davido, Flavour, Kcee, Buju, Lojay, Goya Menor, Cohbams, 2Baba, Joeboy, Ruger, Olamide, and Asake were among the artists appearing at the show.
Afrobeats, African music, and culture are celebrated at The Headies, Nigerian/Pan-African awards show. Nigeria’s Hip Hop World Magazine originally called these awards the Hip Hop World Awards, and they were established in 2006 to recognize outstanding contributions to the Nigerian music industry.