Headies 2021: All the winners

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Nigeria – The winners of this year’s Headies Awards were announced at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday evening, with singer Fireboy DML being the biggest winner on the night.

Now in its 14th edition, the awards ceremony was founded by the Hip Hop World Magazine in 2006 and honours some of the most outstanding musicians and music professionals in the country. This year’s event celebrated works released between July 2019 and September 2020.

Fireboy DML walked away with four awards, including the Best Pop Album, Best R&B Album, Headies Revelation and Best R&B Single trophies. Wizkid won the coveted Artist of the Year accolade. The musician, alongside Simi and DJ Neptune, received two awards apiece.

Other winners on the night included Bad Boy Timz who won the Rookie of the Year trophy, Omah Lay for the Next Rated Act and South Africa’s Master KG who picked up the African Artist recognition accolade.

Below is the full list of winners:

Best Recording of the Year

  • ‘Ozymandias’ – Brymo
  • ‘Smile’ – Wizkid ft. H.E.R
  • ‘Wonderful’ – Burna Boy
  • ‘Dreamer’ – Fireboy DML
  • ‘Ghost Town’ – Wurld

Best Pop Single

  • ‘Billionaire’ – Teni
  • ‘Nobody’ – DJ Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
  • ‘Lady’ – Rema
  • ‘Fem’ – Davido
  • ‘Joro’ – Wizkid
  • ‘Skeletun’ – Tekno

Song of the Year

  • ‘Fem’ – Davido
  • ‘Nobody’ – DJ Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
  • ‘Joro’ – Wizkid
  • ‘Mafo’ – Naira Marley
  • ‘Duduke’ – Simi

Producer of the Year

  • Pheelz – ‘Billionaire’ by Teni
  • Spax – ‘Away’ by Oxlade
  • Kel P – ‘Pull Up’ by Burna Boy
  • Sarz – ‘Mad’ By Sarz and Wurld

Best Rap Album

  • God’s Engineering – A-Q
  • Illy Chapo X – Illbliss
  • YPSZN2 – Psycho YP
  • Cult! – Paybac Iboro
  • The Erigma II – Erigga

Best R&B Album

  • Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML
  • I Like Girls With Trobul – Sarz & Wurld
  • King – Praiz
  • Boo of the Booless – Chike
  • Celia – Tiwa Savage

Best Alternative Album

  • Yellow – Brymo
  • Lucid – Asa
  • The Light – Bez
  • Pioneers – DRB Lasgidi
  • Roots – The Cavemen

Best Pop Album

  • Apollo – Fireboy DML
  • African Giant – Burna Boy
  • A Good Time – Davido
  • Woman of Steel – Yemi Alade
  • Afro Pop Vol. 1 – Adekunle Gold

Best Music Video

  • ‘Eli’ – Fireboy DML
  • ‘1 Milli’ – Davido
  • ‘Smile’ – Wizkid
  • ‘Billionaire’ – Teni
  • ‘Shekere’ – Yemi Alade

Best R&B Single

  • ‘Under the Sky’ – Praiz
  • ‘Duduke’ – Simi
  • ‘Mad’ – Sarz & Wurld
  • ‘Bad Influence’ – Omah Lay
  • ‘Tattoo’ – Fireboy DML
  • ‘Dangerous Love’ – Tiwa Savage

Best Collaboration

  • ‘Know You’ – Ladipoe ft. Simi
  • ‘Nobody’ – DJ Neptune ft. Joeboy and Mr Eazi
  • ‘Sweet In the Middle’ – Davido ft. Naira Marley, Zlatan and Wurld
  • ‘Don’t Call Me Back’ – Joeboy ft. Mayorkun
  • ‘Totori’ – ID Cabasa ft. Wizkid and Olamide
  • ‘Get the Info’ – Phyno ft. Phenom and Falz

Best Rap Single

  • ‘OGB4IG’ – Reminisce
  • ‘Shut Up’ – Blaqbonez
  • ‘Country’ – Illbliss
  • ‘Get The Info’ – Phyno, Falz and Phenom
  • ‘Bop Daddy’ – Falz ft. Ms Banks

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

  • ‘Ghost Town’ – Wurld
  • ‘Forgive’ – Chike
  • ‘Under the Sky’ – Praiz 
  • ‘Plenti’ – Cobhams
  • ‘What Makes You Sur’e – Nonso Amadi
  • ‘Count On You’ – Johnny Drille

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

  • ‘No Longer Beneficial’ – Simi
  • ‘One on the Outside’ – Lindsey Abudei
  • ‘Addicted’ – Niniola 
  • ‘Chi Efo’ – J-Dess
  • ‘Lai Lai’ – Yemi Alade
  • ‘Ajala’ – Imanse

Next Rated

  • Tems
  • Omah Lay
  • Oxlade
  • Bella Shmurda

Headies Revelation

  • Victor AD
  • Fireboy DML
  • Joeboy
  • Teni
  • Rema
  • Chike

Lyricist on the Roll

  • A-Q
  • Blaqbonez
  • MI Abaga
  • Illbliss 
  • Phenom
  • Phyno

Best Street-hop Artist

  • Naira Marley and Young John – Mafo
  • Mayorkun – Geng
  • Reminisce ft. Olamide and Naira Marley – Instagram
  • Rudeboy – Audio Money
  • IVD and Zlatan – Bolanle
  • Olamide – Pawon

Best Alternative Song

  • ‘Corner’ – Lady Donly ft. VanJess & The Cavemen
  • ‘I Wonder’ – Moelogo
  • ‘Bitter’ – Deena Ade
  • ‘Anita’ – The Cavemen
  • ‘Money Devotion’ – Gbasky
  • ‘God Save The Queen’ – Olu

Album of the Year

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

Artist of the Year

  • Burna Boy
  • Davido
  • Wizkid
  • Mayorkun
  • Tiwa Savage

African Artist Recognition

  • Master KG
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Sauti Sol
  • Shatta Wale
  • Stonebwoy

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice

  • Davido
  • Omah Lay
  • Burna Boy
  • Falz
  • Fireboy DML
  • Mayorkun
  • DJ Neptune
  • Wizkid

Rookie of the Year

  • Olakira
  • Alpha P
  • Jamopyper
  • Zinoleesky
  • Bad Boy Timz

Songwriter of the Year

  • Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye (Simi – Duduke)
  • Adedamola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML – Dreamer)
  • Damini Ogulu (Burna Boy – Way Too Big)
  • Stanley Omah Didia (Omah Lay – Bad Influence)
  • Sadiq Onifade (Wurld – Ghost Town)
  • Adekunle Kosoko (1 Million – Davido)

Special Recognition

  • Eedris Abdulkareem
  • Timaya

Hall of Fame

  • King Sunny Ade

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