The Headies awards, originally called the Hip Hop World Awards, were established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.


This year the 2022 Headies for the first time took place outside Nigeria, in Atlanta, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the USA on Sunday, September 4th, 2022.


This year’s awards ceremony introduced three new categories: international artiste of the year, best inspirational single, and digital artiste of the year. Artists appearing at the show included Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, FireBoyDML, Adekunle Gold, Davido, Flavour, Kcee, Buju, Lojay, Goya Menor, Cohbams, 2Baba, Joeboy, Ruger, Olamide, and Asake.


Here’s a complete list of winners:


Best recording of the year:

“Celebrate Me” – Patoranking


Album of the year:

Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition) – Wizkid


Song of the year:


“Essence” – Wizkid Feat. Tems


Best female artiste:



Best male artiste:

Burna Boy


Digital artiste of the year:



Best streethop artiste:

Goya Menor & Nektunez – “Amenor Amapiano Remix”


African Artiste of the year:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)


International artiste recognition:

Chris Brown


Best Central African artiste of the year:



Best West African artiste of the year:

Gyakie (Ghana)


Best North African artiste of the year:

Latifa (Tunisia)


Best Southern African artiste of the year:

Focalistic (South Africa)


Best East African artiste of the year:

Diamond Platinumz


Best vocal performance (male):

Oxlade – Ojuju


Best vocal performance (female):

Waje – “Last Time”


Lyricist on the roll:

A-Q – “The Last Cypher”


Best rap single:

“Feeling” – Ladipoe feat. Bnxn


Best music video:

“Champion” (Fireboy DML Feat. D Smoke) Directed by Tg Omori


Best rap album:

Carpe Diem – Olamide


Best reggae & dancehall album:

Three – Patoranking


Producer of the year:

Sarz – “Monalisa” By Lojay & Sarz


Best inspirational single:

“Cultural Praise” – Kcee & Okwesili Eze Group


Songwriter of the year:

Adekunle Gold – “Sinner”


Best R&B single:

“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems


Best Afrobeats single

“Peru” – Fireboy DML


Best alternative single:

“Doings” – Flavour


Best alternative album:

Intermission – Ibejii


Special recognition (Outstanding impact on the entertainment industry):

Efe Omorogbe


Sunday Are


Bose Ogulu


Special recognition (talent):



Headies’ viewer’s choice:

Ayra Starr – Bloody Samaritan


Next rated:



Best R&B album:

If Orange Was a Place – Tems


Rookie of the year:



Humanitarian award of the year:


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