Friday September 22, 2023

The Headies

The Headies (originally called the Hip Hop World Awards) is a music awards show established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

The annual ceremony features performances by established and promising artists. It is broadcast live on HipTV to viewers across Nigeria. The first and second editions of The Headies were held at the Muson Center in Onikan, Lagos State. Between 2010 and 2012, the awards were held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. Several media personalities in Nigeria have hosted the annual ceremony, including Darey Art Alade, D’banj, Dakore Egbuson, Banky W., Rita Dominic, M.I, Tiwa Savage, Dr SID etc (See comprehensive list below). 

History and Plaque

The image of The Headies was created by Ayo Animashaun, the founder of the awards, and drawn by Matthias Aragbada. The first Headie plaque was done by Jide Adewoye. It represents the “image and the shout of a young, vibrant individual whose talent can challenge that of renowned local and international artistes combined, but who has almost lost confidence in his abilities in the face of discouraging circumstances presented by the peculiar Nigerian environment.” In 2008, the plaque was redone in the United Kingdom. It was plated with 21 carat gold. The new plaque is a mixture of resin, copper, steel, marble and gold.

As of 2018, The Headies is composed of 25 categories. Open voting decides majority of the awards’ categories. However, the Best Recording of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Vocal Performance (Female), Lyricist on the Roll, and Best Performer categories are not open to public voting.

The Headies Dates and Locations
# Year Date City Venue Host(s) Ref
1 2006 10 March Onikan, Lagos MUSON Centre Dare Art Alade [61]
2 2007 17 March Tana Adelana and D’banj [62]
3 2008 15 March Maryland, Lagos Planet One Basketmouth and Dakore Egbuson [63]
4 2009 16 May Abuja, Nigeria Abuja International Conference Centre Banky W. and Kemi Adetiba [64]
5 2010 29 May Victoria Island, Lagos Eko Hotel and Suites [65]
6 2011 22 October Rita Dominic and eLDee [66]
7 2012 20 October M.I and Omawumi [67]
8 2013 26 December Oriental Hotel Tiwa Savage and Dr SID [68]
9 2014 14 December Eko Hotel and Suites Toke Makinwa and Basketmouth [69]
10 2015 1 January 2016 Landmark Events Centre Bovi and Kaffy [70]
11 2016 22 December Eko Convention Center Falz and Adesua Etomi [71]
  2017 No ceremony held
12 2018 6 May Victoria Island, Lagos Eko Convention Center Bovi and Seyi Shay [72]
13 2019 19 October Nancy Isime and Reminisce [60]
14 2020 21 February 2021 Ibeju Lekki, Lagos La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort Bovi and Nancy Isime [73][74]
  2021 No ceremony held
15 2022 4 September 2022 Atlanta, United States Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Anthony Anderson and Osas Ighodaro  [75]