Wizkid & Tems Top Winners at 2022 Headies Awards (Full Winners List)

Wizkid and Thames were the top winners at the 15th annual Headies Prices, which was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on Sunday (September 4). This was the first time the show was held outside Nigeria.

Wizkid and Tems collaborated on the international smash “Essence,” which became a top 10 hit on the October 2021 Billboard Hot 100 (with an assist from Justin Bieber). “Essence” won Song of the Year and Best R&B Single.


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In addition to their two shared awards, Wizkid won Album of the Year for Made in Lagos (Deluxe Edition)while Tems won Best Female Artist and Best R&B Album for If Orange were a place.

Pato ranking, Burna boyFireBoyDML, Ayra Starr and Bnxn each won two awards.

Patoranking won best recording of the year for “Celebrate Me” and best reggae & dancehall album for Three. Burna Boy won African Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist. FireBoyDML won Best Afrobeats Single for “Peru” and Best Music Video for “Champion” (featuring D Smoke). Ayra Starr won Digital Artist of the Year and Headies’ Viewers’ Choice for “Bloody Samaritan”. Bnxn won the Next rated: award and also shared the award for Best Rap Single as the featured artist on Ladipoe’s “Feeling”.

Chris Brown won International Artist of the Year, beating Bieber, Beyoncé, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Nas. The category is designed for non-African artists or groups with exceptional achievements and influence on Afrobeats.

This year’s awards ceremony introduced three new categories: International Artist of the Year, Best Inspirational Single of the Year and Digital Artist of the Year.

Artistes who performed at the show included Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, FireBoyDML, Adekunle Gold, Davido, Flavor, Kcee, Buju, Lojay, Goya Menor, Cohbams, 2Baba, Joeboy, Rugier, Olamide and Asake.

The Headies is the premier Nigerian/Pan African awards show that celebrates the best of the best Afrobeats, African music and culture. The awards, originally called the Hip Hop World Awards, were established in 2006 by Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

Here is a full 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. Thames

Best Female Artist:


Best Male Artist:

Burna boy

Digital Artist of the Year:

Ayra Starr

Best street hop artist:

Goya Menor & Nektunez – “Amenor Amapiano Remix”

African Artist of the Year:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

International artist recognition:

Chris Brown

Best Central African Artist of the Year:

Innoss’ b

Best West African Artist of the Year:

Gyakie (Ghana)

Best North African Artist of the Year:

Latifa (Tunisia)

Best South African Artist of the Year:

Focalistic (South Africa)

Best East African Artist of the Year:

Diamond Platinumz

Best Vocal Performance (Male):

Oxlade – Ojuju

Best Vocal Performance (Female):

Waje – “Last Time”

Copywriter on the roll:

AQ – “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:

seize the day – Olamide

Best Reggae & Dancehall Album:

Three – Patoranking

Manufacturer of the Year:

Sarz – “Monalisa” by Lojay & Sarz

Best Inspirational Single:

“Cultural Praise” – Kcee & Okwesili Eze Group

Songwriter of the Year:

Adekunle Gold – “Sins”

Best R&B Single:

“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems

Best Afrobeats Single

“Peru” – Fireboy DML

Best Alternative Single:

“Doings” – Taste

Best Alternative Album:

Break – Ibejii

Special Recognition (Outstanding Impact on the Entertainment Industry):

Efe Omorogbe

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Bose Ogulu

Special recognition (talent):


Headies’ Viewers’ Choice:

Ayra Starr – Bloody Samaritan

Next rated:


Best R&B Album:

If Orange were a place – Thames

Rookie of the Year:


Humanitarian award of the year:


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