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Headies 2019
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Rema, Teni, Falz, Burna Boy Win At The 2019 Headies Awards (See Full List)

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The 13th edition of the Headies Awards was held on the night of Saturday, October 19, 2019, into the early hours of Sunday at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.

It was a night set aside to celebrate Nigerian music and the talented stars who make them.

Although the event was marred by many irregularities, that didn't stop some of the winners from smiling home with their gong.

Hosted by actress and TV host, Nancy Isime, and rap star, Reminisce, the event which was formerly known as the Hip Hop World Awards gave out awards in 22 categories.

Below are the winners in each category for 2019.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
In this category which recognizes music stars who’ve had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review, Crayon, Buju, Barry Jhay (WINNER), and Oxlade were nominated.
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Wurld for his body of work ‘Wishes & Butterfly’ was voted the best vocal performance by a male ahead of Tay Iwar(Utero), Johnny Drille (Finding Efe), Nonso Bassey – (411), and Funbi(Serenade).
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
Ahead of the award ceremony, Zlatan Ibile was expected by many to win this category but surprisingly it was Chinko Ekun’s ‘Able God’ that was crowned the best street-hop artiste of the year. The other nominees were Erigga – ‘Motivation’, Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’, and Lyta – ‘Time’.
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
For the recording of the year Teni’s ‘Uyo Meyo’ was adjudged the best over ‘Ire’ by Adekunle Gold, ‘Heal D World’ by Patoranking, ‘Olanrewaju’ by Brymo and ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy.
BEST RAP SINGLE
BEST RAP SINGLE
Falz’ ‘Talk’ won the best rap single. The lawyer’s biggest hit of the year scooped the award ahead of ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce, ‘40ft Container’ - Illbliss featuring Olamide, ‘Sacrifice’ - Payper Corleone featuring Alpha Ojini, ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon.
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
In the 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, ‘Finding Efe’ by Johnny Drille won. ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli, ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems, ‘Heya’ – Brymo, and ‘Ire’ - Adekunle Gold were the other nominees.
BEST RAP ALBUM
BEST RAP ALBUM
Falz for his ‘Moral Instruction’ won the Best rap album, beating ‘Crown’ by AQ and Loose Kaynon, ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ by M.I Abaga, ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ by Show Dem Camp.
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
Lyricist on the roll for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album was won by AQ – ‘Crown’. He beat YCEE – ‘Balance’, Boogey – ‘Implode’, Paybac – ‘Implode’, Ghost – ‘Crown’, and Tec – ‘Crown’ to the award.
BEST COLLABO
BEST COLLABO
For the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track, ‘Killin’ Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan won over ‘Like’ - Reekado Banks featuring Tiwa Savage, Fiokee, ‘One Ticket’ - Kiss Daniel featuring Davido, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘Amaka’ – 2baba featuring Peruzzi
BEST PERFORMER
BEST PERFORMER
Yemi Alade bagged the award for best performer for stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines in the year under review. Falz, Tiwa Savage, Brymo and Adekunle Gold were her competition.
BEST R&B SINGLE
BEST R&B SINGLE
For the best r&b single in the year under review(by a single individual or group), ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE, ‘Serenade’ - Funbi, ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni, ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ - Wurld and ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay featuring Runtown were the nominees. Gimme Love by Seyi won.
BEST POP SINGLE
BEST POP SINGLE
In one of the more controversial categories on the night, ‘Case’ by Teni won the best pop single ahead of ‘Ye’ - Burna Boy, ‘We Gain’ - Victor AD, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML, and ‘Baby’ - Joeboy.
BEST R&B / POP ALBUM
BEST R&B / POP ALBUM
Best r&b/pop album in the year was won by Mayor of Lagos – Mayorkun. Rare – Odunsi (The Engine), Outside – Burna Boy, No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel, and About 30 - Adekunle Gold were the other nominees.
HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
Teni for the amazing year she had got the viewers choice as the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review. Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Rema, Joe Boy, Wizkid and Davido were the other big names she trumped.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Clarence Peters won the best music video director award for his ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) masterpiece. Other options were ‘Available’ (Patoranking) - Clarence Peters, ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) - Aje Films, ‘Talk’ (Falz) - Prodigeezy and ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) - 88 Factor.
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
Mayorkun was voted the best new artist with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review. He beat Odunsi, Wurld, Humblesmith to the award.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
For the best album (solo or group), the judges picked Moral Instruction by Falz. About 30 by Adekunle Gold, Outside by Burna Boy, No Bad Songz by Kizz Daniel were the other nominees.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Killertunes was rewarded for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review. His production of ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy featuring Duncan Mighty and Wizkid was adjudged the best this year. Phantom - ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy, Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema, Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni, Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy featuring Zlatan were other nominees.
NEXT RATED
NEXT RATED
Usually the most controversial of all the awards and it proved that once again. Mavins new boy, Rema won the award ahead Zlatan Ibile, Joeboy, Fireboy DML, Victor AD and Lyta. Although the fast-rising star had an incredible debut year, it was the ‘ZANKU’ crooner that many expected to win but Tacha fans wouldn’t let that be after what he did to their favourite BBNaija season 4, housemate.
SONG OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
Unsurprisingly, ‘Ye’ - Burna Boy won the song of the year, beating other 2019 hits like ‘Dumebi’ - Rema, ‘Wetin We Gain’ - Victor AD, ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid, ‘Case’ - Teni, ‘Leg work’ - Zlatan, ‘Baby’ – Joeboy and ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML to the crown.
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’, Burna Boy was voted artist of the year having already picked the same award at the Sound City Awards earlier in the year. Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Falz were his closest competitors in this category.
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
Teniola for her song ‘Uyo Meyo’ got the award as the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album. She beat GoodGirl LA - ‘Bless me’, Waje – ‘Udue’, Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’ and Falana – ‘Repeat’ to this award.

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

Master KG - Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA), Afro B - Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST), Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA), King Promise – CCTV (GHANA) (WINNER), DJ Maphoriza - iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA) were recognized for their outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.