Pop artiste, Olamide, topped the winners’ list of the Headies’ Music Awards held on Thursday night at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Olamide won three awards including Best Rap Album with YBNL (Yahoo Boy No Laptop), Best Street-Hop Artiste with ‘Durosoke’ and Best Collabo with ‘Ghost Mode’ which featured Phyno.
NAN reported that 20 competitive and two complimentary awards were given to star musicians at the event.
Sean Tizzle won in the highly coveted Next Rated category with his song, ‘Sho Lee’, and drove away in a Hyundai Tucson SUV that was part of the prize.
Davido won in two categories - the Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year and Best R and B/Pop Album.
Phyno won the Best Rap Single with his `Man of the Year’, while his duet with Olamide, ‘Ghost Mode’, was adjudged the Best Collabo.
Iyanya was recognised as the Artiste of the Year while Kcee won Song of the Year Award with his single, ‘Limpopo’.
Best R and B Single went to Banky W for ‘Good Good Loving’; Jaywon won Best Recording of The Year with ‘This Year’. The Producer of The Year was Dee Tunes for ‘Sho Lee’.
Mode 9 returned to win the Lyricist on the Roll with ‘Let it Go’ after losing out to fellow rapper, Vector, last year.
Except in 2012, Mode 9 has won in that category since the inception of the awards in 2007.
The Best Alternative Song went to BlackMagic for ‘Repete’, Best Pop Single was 2Face’s ‘Ihe Ne Me’, Best Vocal Performance Female was ‘Only You’ by Nikki Laoye while Praiz won the Best Vocal Performance Male Award with ‘Rich And Famous’.
Waje won Best Reggae/DanceHall Single with ‘I Wish’, and P-Square’s ‘Alingo’ directed by Jude Okoye and Clarence Peters was the Best Music Video.
The complimentary awards went to Harrysong for his song, `Mandela’, which won Most Downloaded Callertune.
The song, a tribute to late Nelson Mandela, reportedly broke all existing Nigerian records when it was downloaded more than a million times on the day of its release.
The Hall of Fame Award went to Fuji musician, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, who later closed the event with a five-star performance.
Some of the award presenters were Mai Atafo, Stephanie Coker, Darey, Kemi Adetiba, Chin Okeke, Seyi Law, Lynxxx, Osas Ighodalo, Mercy Omo London, Toolz, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Funmi Iyanda, IllBliss.
The event featured musical performances by Iyanya, Waje, Olamide, Phyno, Praiz, Seyi Shay, Niyola, Zaina, Yemi Alade.
Some of the award winners, who spoke to newsmen, expressed gratitude to the organisers.
Harrysong said: “I feel blessed, I feel privileged, I feel like a blessing to the world, to the praise and glory of God.”
Nikki Laoye said: “It is always a great honour to be recognised for what you do.
“I have been nominated before, but this is my first time of winning The Headies and I am overjoyed.”
D’Tunes said: “For a young producer, there is no better sign of acknowledgement that to win an award of this nature. I am grateful.”
The ceremony was hosted by pop artistes, Dr Sid and Tiwa Savage.
The Headies was formerly known as the Hip Hop World Awards.
It is organised annually by Ayo Animashaun of the Smooth Promotions, who also runs the Urban Music Channel, HipTV.
The annual event is to honour contemporary Nigerian pop and hip hop artistes.