16th Edition of The Headies Awards 2023 Winners

The 16th edition of Nigeria’s renowned music awards show, “The Headies,” took center stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, United States, on Sunday, September 3, 2023. This annual celebration of African music was a night filled with spectacular performances and well-deserved awards.

The event was skillfully hosted by award-winning actress and producer Osas Ighodaro alongside American actor, TV presenter, and model Terrence J, creating an engaging and memorable atmosphere.

Among the standout winners of the night were Asake, Rema, Burna Boy, and Odumodublvck, who clinched top honors in various categories.

One of the most memorable moments of the evening came when Rema delivered an impassioned speech on the significance of recognizing and supporting music institutions. Rema, a talented artist in his own right, walked away with two awards.

The musical diversity of Nigeria was on full display as artists like Asake, Blaqbonez, Seyi Vibez, and Odumodublvck graced the stage with outstanding performances, showcasing the evolving nature of Nigerian music.

In addition to these performances, music producer turned singer Young Jonn captivated the audience with his hit songs, further igniting the party atmosphere.

The full list of award winners for “The Headies” 2023:

Rookie of the Year

  • Odumodublvck

Producer of the Year

  • Magicstickz (Sungba Remix)

Songwriter of the Year

  • “Loyal” Simi

Best R&B Single

  • “For My Hand” by Bruna Boy ft ED Sheeran

Best Rap Single

  • “Hustle” by Reminisce ft BNXN

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

  • “Loyal” Simi
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Best Vocal Performance (Male)

  • “KU LO SA” Oxlade

Best Alternative Song

  • “Earth Song” by Wizard Chan

Best Music Video

  • “Back in Uni” by Blaq Bonez Perliks

Best Recording of the Year

  • “Alone” by Burna Boy

Best Collaboration

  • Asake Ft. Burna Boy – “Sungba Remix”

Best Street-Hop Artiste

  • Rexxie Ft. Naira Marley & Skiibii – “Abracadabra”

Afrobeats Single of the Year

  • “Last Last” – Burna Boy

Headies’ Viewers’ Choice

  • Ruger – “Asiwaju”

Best R&B Album

  • “Home” – Johnny Drille

Best Alternative Album

  • “Horoscopes” – Basketmouth

Best Rap Album

  • “Fly Talk Only” – Payper Corleone

Album of the Year

  • “Love, Damini” – Burna Boy

Song of the Year

  • “Calm Down” – Rema

Best Female Artiste

  • Tems

Best Male Artiste

  • Asake

Next Rated

  • Young Jonn

African Artiste of the Year

  • Rema (Nigeria)

Lyricist on the Roll

  • Ladipoe – “Clowns”

Best Inspirational Single

  • “STAND STRONG” – Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir

Digital Artiste of the Year

  • Burna Boy

Best West African Artiste of the Year

  • Gyakie (Ghana)

Best East African Artiste of the Year

  • Zuchu

Best North African Artiste of the Year

  • Marwa Loud – Morocco

Best Southern African Artiste of the Year

  • AKA (South Africa)

Best Central African Artiste of the Year

  • Fally Ipupa – Democratic Republic Of Congo

International Artiste Recognition

  • Sean ‘Love’ Combs

Hall of Fame

  • Youssou N’dour

Special Recognition


International Artiste of the Year

  • Drake, Future, Selena Gomez, Don Toliver, Ed Sheeran

“The Headies” 2023 showcased the immense talent and vibrancy of Nigeria’s music industry while celebrating artists for their outstanding contributions to African music.

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