- UNDER THE SKY – PRAIZ
- DUDUKE – SIMI
- MAD – SARZ & WURLD
- BAD INFLUENCE – OMAH LAY
- TATTOO – FIREBOY DML
- DANGEROUS LOVE – TIWA SAVAGE
A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
- KNOW YOU – LADIPOE FEAT. SIMI
- NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI
- SWEET IN THE MIDDLE – DAVIDO FEAT. NAIRA MARLEY, ZLATAN & WURLD
- DON’T CALL ME BACK – JOEBOY FEAT. MAYORKUN
- TOTORI – ID CABASA FEAT. WIZKID & OLAMIDE
- GET THE INFO – PHYNO FEAT. PHENOM & FALZ
BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
- OGB4IG – REMINISCE
- SHUT UP – BLAQBONEZ
- COUNTRY – ILLBLISS
- GET THE INFO – PHYNO, FALZ & PHENOM
- BOP DADDY – FALZ FEAT. MS. BANKS
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.
- WURLD – GHOST TOWN
- CHIKE – FORGIVE
- PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY
- COHBAMS – PLENTI
- NONSO AMADI – WHAT MAKES YOU SURE
- JOHNNY DRILLE – COUNT ON YOU
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
- SIMI – NO LONGER BENEFICIAL
- LINDSEY ABUDEI – ONE ON THE OUTSIDE
- NINIOLA – ADDICTED
- J-DESS – CHI EFO
- YEMI ALADE – LAI LAI
- IMANSE – AJALA
This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.
- OMAH LAY
- BELLA SHMURDA
A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.
- VICTOR AD
- FIREBOY DML
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.
- AQ – EUNICE
- BLAQBONEZ – DEFINE RAP 2
- MI ABAGA – TRINITY
- ILLBLISS – COUNTRY
- PHENOM – GET THE INFO
- PHYNO – SPEAK LIFE
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.
- NAIRA MARLEY & YOUNG JOHN – MAFO
- MAYORKUN – GENG
- REMINISCE FEAT. OLAMIDE & NAIRA MARLEY – INSTAGRAM
- RUDEBOY – AUDIO MONEY
- IVD & ZLATAN – BOLANLE
- OLAMIDE – PAWON
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.
- CORNER – LADY DONLY FEAT. VANJESS & THE CAVEMEN
- I WONDER – MOELOGO
- BITTER – DEENA ADE
- ANITA – THE CAVEMEN
- MONEY DEVOTION – GBASKY
- GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – OLU
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 impact).
- AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY
- APOLLO – FIREBOY DML
- AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD
- YELLOW – BRYMO
- BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.
- BURNA BOY
- TIWA SAVAGE
AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION
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.
- MASTER KG
- KUAMI EUGENE
- SAUTI SOL
- SHAATA WALE
HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE
A voting category to award the fan’s favorite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.
- OMAH LAY
- BURNA BOY
- FIREBOY DML
- DJ NEPTUNE
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.
- ALPHA P
- BAD BOY TIMZ
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
A non-voting category for the writer of a song (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence, composition, arrangement, rendition) in the year under review.
- 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)
A special recognition to an individual(s) for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
HALL OF FAME:
A special recognition to an individual for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
KING SUNNY ADE
Fireboy, Wizkid and more lead nominations.
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