Black Sherif, also known as Blacko, has once again made Ghana proud by winning the title of Best West African Artiste of the Year at the 16th Headies, a prominent Afrobeats and African culture award ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, themed ‘Celebrating African Renaissance,’ featured top artists from across Africa and recognized outstanding achievements in Afrobeats. Here’s a summary of the nominees and winners:
Best Recording of The Year: Burna Boy won for “Alone.”
Album Of The Year: Asake’s “Mr. Money With The Vibe.”
Song of The Year: Burna Boy’s “Last Last.”
Best Male Artiste: Rema.
Best Female Artiste: Tems, Simi, Tiwa Savage, and Ayra Starr.
Songwriter of The Year: Notable mentions include Simi, Omah Lay, Tems, Burna Boy, BNXN, and Wizard Chan.
Producer of The Year: Rexxie for “Abracadabra Remix.”
Afrobeats Single of The Year: Burna Boy’s “Last Last” and Ayra Starr’s “Rush.”
Best RnB Single: Burna Boy & Ed Sheeran’s “For my mind,” among others.
Best Rap Single: OdumoduBlvck’s “Declan Rice.”
Best Alternative Song: Obongjayar’s “Tinko Tinko.”
Best Vocal Performance (Male): Wande Coal for “Kpe Paso.”
Best Vocal Performance (Female): Niniola, Simi, Liya, Waje, Preye, and Dami Oniru.
Best Music Video: Director K’s “Calm Down.”
Best Collaboration: Spyro and Tiwa Savage for “Who’s Your Guy Remix.”
Best Street-Hop Artiste: Seyi Vibez for “Chance (Na Ham).”
Headies Viewers’ Choice: Ruger, Victony & Tempoe, Fireboy DML & Asake, Ayra Starr, Asake, Mavins, Crayon, Oxlade, Kizz Daniel & Tekno, and Pheelz & Davido.
Best West African Artiste of The Year: Black Sherif from Ghana.
Best East African Artiste of the Year: Zuchu, Hewan Gebreworld, Diamond Platnumz, Eddy Kenzo, and Rayvanny.
Best North African Artiste of The Year: Marwa Loud, Wegz, El Grande Toto, and Soolking.
Best Southern African Artiste of The Year: AKA, Nasty C, Costa Titch, Uncle Waffles, Focalistic, and DJ Tarico.
Best Central African Artiste of The Year: Fally Ipupa, Gaz Mawete, Matias Damiaso, Emma’A, and Libianca.
African Artiste Of The Year: Rema.
Digital Artiste Of The Year: Rema.
International Artiste Of The Year: Drake, Future, Selena Gomez, Don Toliver, and Ed Sheeran.
Lyricist On The Roll: Payper Corleone for “Fly Talk Only.”
Best Rap Album: Blaqbonez for “Young Preacher.”
Best Alternative Album: Notable mentions include Basketmouth, BOJ, Obongjayar, Cruel Santino, Somadina, and Native Sound System.
Best RnB Album: Johnny Drille, Chike, Praiz, Waje, Dami Oniru, and Simi.
Special Recognition Award: Sound Sultan.
The headies is indigenous to Nigeria just as VGMA is to Ghana.
These awards showcase the incredible talent and creativity within the African music industry, with artists from various regions earning well-deserved recognition.