By Babajide Awoyinfa
Nigerian musician Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema’s most popular single, Calm Down won several awards on Sunday night at the 16th Headies in Atlanta, Georgia.
The event, tagged “Celebrating African Renaissance,” was hosted by Nollywood actress, Osas Ighodaro and American media personality, Terrence J.
Rema won Best Male artist, African Artist of the Year and Digital artist of the year.
Also, Ahmed Ololade, known professionally as Asake, walked home with a brand new car after winning the highly coveted Next Rated category while Damini Ogulu, professionally known as Burna Boy’s Last Last won Afrobeats single of the year and Song of the Year.
Other winners of the night include Seyi Vibez, Spyro, Odumodublvck, Rexxie, Blaq Bonez and others.
Meanwhile, the organisers didn’t present some of the categories, including Best Recording of The Year, Songwriter of The Year, Best RnB Single, Best Vocal Performance (Female), Headies Viewers’ Choice, Best East African artiste of the year, and Best North African Artiste of The Year.
Others are Best Southern African Artiste of The Year, Best Central African Artiste of The Year, International Artiste Of The Year, Best Alternative Album, and Best RnB Album.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Odumodublvck – (Winner)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Rexxie (Abracadabra) – (Winner)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR “Loyal” Simi – (Winner)
BEST R&B SINGLE “For My Hand” by Bruna Boy ft ED Sheeran – (Winner)
BEST RAP SINGLE “Declan Rice” by Odumodublvck – (Winner)
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) “In Between” Waje – (Winner)
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE) “Kpe Paso” Wande Coal – (Winner)
BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG “Earth Song” by Wizard Chan – (Winner)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO “Calm Down (Remix)” by Director K – (Winner)
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR “Soweto” by Victony and Tempoe – (Winner)
BEST COLLABORATION Spyro ft. Tiwa Savage– “Who’s Your Guy Remix” – (Winner)
BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE Seyi Vibez – “Chance (Na Ham)” – (Winner)
AFROBEATS SINGLE OF THE YEAR “Last Last” – Burna Boy – (Winner)
HEADIES’ VIEWERS’ CHOICE Victony & Tempoe – “Soweto” – (Winner)
BEST R&B ALBUM The Brother’s Keeper – Chike – (Winner)
BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM Gbagada Express – Boj – (Winner)
BEST RAP ALBUM Young Preacher – Blaqbonez – (Winner)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR Mr Money With The Vibe – Asake – (Winner)
SONG OF THE YEAR “Last Last” – Burna Boy – (Winner)
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE Ayra Starr – (Winner)
BEST MALE ARTISTE Rema – (Winner)
NEXT RATED Asake – (Winner)
AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Rema (Nigeria) – (Winner)
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL Payper Corleone – “Fly Talk Only” – (Winner)
BEST INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE “Eze Ebube” – Neon Adejo – (Winner)
DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Rema – (Winner)
BEST WEST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Black Sherif (Ghana) – (Winner)
BEST EAST AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Diamond Platnumz – (Winner)
BEST NORTH AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR El Grande Toto – Morocco – (Winner)
BEST SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Focalistic – South Africa – (Winner)
HALL OF FAME Youssou N’dour
SPECIAL RECOGNITION SOUND SULTAN (NAN)