Since the Headies Awards can hold for another year and still withstand the barrage of criticism, I can venture out on a shaky limb and try to divine what will happen in the next edition.

The 2016 Headies is upon us, as the best of Nigerian music stars come forward with hands wide open, aiming to get recognised.

The show which holds on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, has everyone at the edge of their sits.

After last year’s debacle which had Olamide and Don Jazzy pitted against each other, there is a heightened sense of expectation and hype around the ‘Next Rated’, which has Tekno, Humblesmith, Mr Eazi , Ycee and the darkhorse, Aramide on it.

There are also other categories up for grabs, as everyone fancies their chances for the top honors.

And the winners are….

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in the year under review.

  1. PRAY FOR ME – DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR – WINNER
  2. EMERGENCY – D’BANJ
  3. LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI
  4. ORENTE – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  5. SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

  1. YOUNG JOHN – ‘MAMA’ – KISS DANIEL – WINNER
  2. DJ COUBLON ‘GOOD TIME & RABA’
  3. PHEELS – ‘PICK UP & LAGOS BOYS’ – OLAMIDE
  4. LEGENDURY BEATS – ‘FINAL – BABA NLA’ WIZKID
  5. MASTAKRAFT – ‘FADA FADA’, ‘CONNECT’ – PHYNO
  6. OSCAR HERMAN-ACKAH – ‘PRAY FOR ME’ – DAREY

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. SOLDIER (FALZ THA BAD GUY) – CLARENCE PETERS –WINNER
  2. EMERGENCY (D’BANJ) – UNLIMITED LA
  3. MARY (SEYI SHAY) – MEJI ALABI
  4. MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W
  5. BAD – TIWA SAVAGE FEAT. WIZKID – SESAN

BEST R&B/POP ALBUM

A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL – WINNER
  2. WANTED – WANDE COAL
  3. KLITORIS – BRYMO
  4. 4. NAKED – DAREY
  5. SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best R&B single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

  1. PRAY FOR ME – DAREY – WINNER
  2. LOVE DON’T CARE – SIMI
  3. MADE FOR YOU – BANKY W
  4. SUPER WOMAN – WANDE COAL
  5. ADUKE – TJAN
  6. SMILE – SHAYDEE

BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)

  1. REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE – WINNER
  2. MAMA – KISS DANIEL
  3. FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID
  4. PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  5. OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  6. EMERGENCY – D’BANJ
  7. FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE
  8. MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE

A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in the year under review (by single individual or group).

  1. ‘NO KISSING’ – PATORANKING FT SARKODIE –WINNER
  2. BODY HOT – PRAIZ FT. JESSE JAGZ & STONE BWOY
  3. JAGA LOVE – JESSE JAGZ
  4. OLOWO – CYNTHIA MORGAN
  5. PAM PAM – KETCHUP
  6. TIMAYA – I LIKE THE WAY

BEST RAP ALBUM

A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.

  1. POWERFUL – ILL BLISS – WINNER
  2. EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE
  3. STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ
  4. LIL’ KESH – YAGI

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

  1. SOLDIER – FALZ FEAT. SIMI –WINNER
  2. REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT. OREZI, IYANYA, OLAMIDE, KCEE
  3. OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  4. WAIT – SOLIDSTAR FEAT. TIWA SAVAGE
  5. NO KISSING – PATORANKING FEAT. SARKODIE
  6. MONEY – TIMAYA FEAT. FLAVOUR

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap.

  1. EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE –WINNER
  2. ASAMALEKUN – REMINISCE
  3. JAGABAN – YCEE
  4. CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI – ILL BLISS
  5. AGU JI NDI MEN – A-Q
  6. SHOW YOU SOMETHING – BOOGEY

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

  1. SHAYDEE – SMILE – WINNER
  2. BRYMO – SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING
  3. DAREY FEAT. SOWETO CHOIR – PRAY FOR ME
  4. WANDE COAL – SUPER WOMAN
  5. RIC HASSANI – GENTLEMAN

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

  1. SIMI – LOVE DON’T CARE – WINNER
  2. SEYI SHAY – RIGHT NOW
  3. ARAMIDE FEAT. ADEKUNLE GOLD – LOVE ME
  4. OMAWUMI FEAT. ANGELIE KIDJO – PLAY NA PLAY

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming act in the year under review.

  1. MR. EAZI – WINNER
  2. YCEE
  3. TEKNO
  4. HUMBLESMITH
  5. ARAMIDE

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.

  1. KISS DANIEL – NEW ERA – WINNER
  2. SEYI SHAY – SEYI OR SHAY
  3. LIL’ KESH – YAGI
  4. RUNTOWN – GHETTO UNIVERSITY

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

  1. ILL BLISS – CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI – WINNER
  2. REMINSCE – ASALAMALEKU
  3. YCEE – JAGABAN
  4. BOOGEY – SHOW YOU SOMETHING
  5. A-Q – AGU JI NDI MEN’
  6. MODENINE – NO MATTER WHAT

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

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. OLAMIDE – WHO YOU EPP –WINNER
  2. AJEBUTTER FEAT. FALZ – BAD GANG
  3. KOKER – KO LE WERK
  4. YCEE – JAGABAN
  5. SMALL DOKTA – GBERA
  6. 2T BOYS – CUSTOMER DADA NI

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

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. YOU SUPPOSE KNOW – BEZ – WINNER
  2. PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  3. SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING – BRYMO
  4. WAIT FOR ME – JOHNNY DRILLE
  5. GENTLEMAN – RIC HASSANI

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).

  1. NEW ERA – KISS DANIEL –WINNER
  2. STORIES THAT TOUCH – FALZ
  3. WANTED – WANDE COAL
  4. SEYI OR SHAY – SEYI SHAY

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.

  1. WIZKID –WINNER
  2. TIWA SAVAGE
  3. FALZ
  4. YEMI ALADE
  5. OLAMIDE

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

  1. FADA FADA – PHYNO FEAT. OLAMIDE –WINNER
  2. FINAL (BABA NLA) – WIZKID
  3. OSINACHI – HUMBLESMITH FEAT. DAVIDO
  4. PICK UP – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  5. REGGAE BLUES – HARRYSONG FEAT.

AFRICAN ARTISTE

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

  1. SAUTI SOL
  2. CASPER NYOVEST
  3. DJ MAPHORISA
  4. STONEBWOY
  5. SARKODIE

Headies Hall of Fame – Laolu Akins

Special Recognition – Flavour

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Since the Headies Awards can hold for another year and still withstand the barrage of criticism, I can venture out on a shaky limb and try to divine what will happen in the next edition. The 2016 Headies is upon us, as the best of Nigerian music stars come forward...