Blog September 30, 2022
Headies Awards Brings Spotlight to African Artists

The Headies, formally known as Hip-Hop World Awards, were founded in 2006 by Ayo Animashaun, CEO of Smooth Productions, which publishes the weekly Hip-Hop World Magazine that sponsors The Headies, “started a movement” when he created the country’s first “specialized magazine for music” that promoted local-turned-international acts. The Headies recognize the achievements of African artists and producers in the music industry on the continent and in the diaspora.

On Sept. 4, 2022 the industry met in Atlanta with hosts Anthony Anderson, and Nigerian-American actress Osas Ighodaro, bringing together artists that included Tems, Chris Brown, Davido, Wizkid and Akon, who were all honored at this year’s ceremony held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

Winners for the night included Wizkid winning Album of the Year for Ode in Lagos (Deluxe Edition). Tems won Best Female Artiste and Best R&B Album for “If Orange was a place.” Burna Boy won African Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist. “Essence” by Wizkid featuring Tems won Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year went to Adekunle Gold.

Winners for the 2022 Headies

WizKid Album of the Year for “Made in Lagos“ (Deluxe Edition)

Tems won Best Female Artiste and Best R&B Album for If Orange Was A Place.

Burna Boy African Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist

“Essence“ by WizKid featuring Tems Song of the Year

Songwriter of the Year Adekunle Gold

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