Headies 2020 – Winners and Nominees


The Headies broadcasted the 14th edition of the award show on February 21, 2021. The event was hosted by TV personality and actress Nancy Isime and comedian Bovi. This year was peculiar as the event is held every December, but was moved to February due to the pandemic. However, this did not stop the show from going on, as earlier announcements saw Fireboy DML leading with nine nominations. Davido and Wurld followed right behind with seven nominations each, while Burna boy, the previous Artiste of the Year, secured six nominations.

In a forward-looking move, this year the Headies included Songwriter of the Year. With performances from DJ Neptune, Fireboy, and The Cavemen, viewers were treated to a good time. Omah Lay carted home the “Next Rated” award.

Here are the winners and nominees for each category:

Best R&B Album
Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML- Winner
I like girls with trobul – Sarz(featuringWurld)
King – Praiz
Boo of the Booless – Chike
Celia – Tiwa Savage

Best Rap Album
God’s Engineering – A-Q – Winner
Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
YPSZN2 – Psycho YP
Cult! – Paybac Iboro
The Erigma 2 – Erigga

Best R&B Single
Under the sky – Praiz
Duduke – Simi
Bad Influence – Omah Lay
Dangerous love – Tiwa Savage
Fireboy – Tattoo- Winner

Best Pop Single
Billionaire – Teni
Nobody – DJ Neptune (featuring Joeboy, Mr Eazi)- Winner
Lady – Rema
FEM – Davido
Joro – Wizkid
Skeletun – Tekno

Best Pop Album
Fireboydml – Apollo- Winner
Davido – A Good Time
Yemi Alade- Woman of Steel
Burna Boy – African Giant
Adekunle GOLD- Afro Pop Vol. 1

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Wurld – “Ghost Town”
Chike – “Forgive”
Praiz – “Under the sky”- Winner
Cobhams – “We plenti”
Nonso Amadi – “What makes you sure”
Johnny Drille – “Count on you”

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Simi – “No longer beneficial”
Lindsey Abudei – “One on the outside”
Niniola – “Addicted”- Winner
J’dess – “Chi Efo”
Yemi Alade – “Lai Lai”
Imanse – “Ajala

Best Rap Single
“OGB4IG” – Reminisce
“Shut Up” – Blaqbonez
“Country” – Illbliss
“Get the Info” – Phyno (featuring Falz,Phenom)
“Bop daddy” – Falz (featuring Ms Banks)- Winner

Best Street Hop Artiste
Naira Marley & Young John – “Mafo”
Mayorkun – “Geng”- Winner
Reminisce (featuring Olamide, Naira Marley) – “Instagram”
Rudeboy – “Audio Money”
IVD & Zlatan – “Bolanle”
Olamide – “Pawon”

Best Collabo
“Know You” – Ladipoe(featuring Simi)- Winner
“Nobody” – DJ Neptune(featuring Joeboy, Mr Eazi)
“Sweet in the middle” – Davido(featuring Naira Marley, Zlatan & Wurld)
“Totori” – ID Cabasa(featuring Wizkid, Olamide)
“Get the Info” – Phyno(featuring Phenom, Falz)

Lyricist on the Roll
A-Q – “Eunice”
Blaqbonez – “Define Rap 2”
M.I Abaga – “Trinity”
Illbliss – “Country”- Winner
Phenom – “Get the Info”
Phyno – “Speak Life”

Song of the Year
“FEM” – Davido
“Nobody” – DJ Neptune (featuring Joeboy, Mr Eazi)
“Joro” – Wizkid
“Mafo” – Naira Marley
“Duduke” – Simi- Winner

Best Recording of the Year
“Ozymandias”– Brymo- Winner
“Smile” – Wizkid (featuring H.E.R.)
“Wonderful” – Burna Boy
“Dreamer” – Fireboy DML
“Ghost Town” – Wurld

Album of the Year
African Giant – Burna Boy
Apollo – Fireboy DML- Winner
Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold
Yellow – Brymo
Boo of the Booless – Chike

Artiste of the Year
Burna Boy
Wizkid- Winner
Tiwa Savage

Producer of the Year
Pheelz – “Billionaire” by Teni- Winner
SPAX – “Away” by Oxlade
Kel P – “Pull Up” by Burna Boy
Sarz – “Mad” by Sarz, Wurld

Best Music Video
“Eli” by Fireboy DML – Clarence Peters
“1 Milli” by Davido – Director K- Winner
“Smile” by Wizkid – Meji Alabi
“Billionaire” by Teni – TG Omori
“Shekere” by Yemi Alade – Ovie Etseyatse

Next Rated
Omah Lay- Winner
Bella Shmurda

African Artiste Recognition
South Africa Master KG- Winner
Ghana Kuami Eugene
Kenya Sauti Sol
Ghana Shatta Wale
Ghana Stonebwoy

Viewer’s Choice
Omah Lay
Burna Boy
Fireboy DML
DJ Neptune
Wizkid- Winner

Songwriter of the Year
Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye – “Duduke” by Simi– Winner
Adedamola Adefolahan – “Dreamer” by Fireboy DML
Damini Ogulu – “Way too big” by Burna Boy
Stanley Omah Didia – “Bad Influence” by Omah Lay
Sadiq Onifade – “Ghost Town” by Wurld
Adekunle Kosoko – “1 Milli” by Davido

Best Alternative Album
Yellow – Brymo
Lucid – Aṣa
The Light – Bez
Pioneers – DRB LasGidi
Roots – The Cavemen- Winner

Best Alternative Song
“Corner” – Lady Donli (featuring VanJess, The Cavemen)
“I wonder” – Moelogo- Winner
“Bitter” – Deena Ade
“Anita” – The Cavemen
“Money Devotion” – Gbasky
“God Save The Queen” – Olu

Rookie of the Year
Alpha P
Bad Boy Timz- Winner

Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year
Victor AD
Fireboy DML- Winner

Special Recognition Award Headies Hall of Fame
Eedris Abdulkareem- Winner

Headies Hall of Fame
King Sunny Ade


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