Timi Dakolo is king of 2015 Headies

Due to a late rescheduling, the 2015 edition of the Headies, Nigeria’s premier music award ceremony, took place on Friday 1 January 2016. As it had in the previous edition, the event, which held at the Landmark Event Centre in Ikeja, Lagos, kicked off much later than announced.

Timi Dakolo won three awards at the 2015 Headies
Timi Dakolo won three awards at the 2015 Headies

Rapper Olamide came in with the most nominations. His tally of eight was followed closely by Wizkid’s seven. The latter, however, was absent at the ceremony. At the end of the event several hours later, Timi Dakolo had emerged big winner on the night with three awards. His song ‘Wish Me Well’ won the award for Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best R&B Song and Best Recording.

“Thank you Lord for the gift of music,” Dakolo posted on Instagram accompanied by a photo of himself holding two trophies. “...for the ideas you let come my way. To my family and yard people for understanding when I say, ‘keep quiet, daddy is doing his homework’. My wife, women don't come better than you. Let's ask God for another forever. I honestly think this one is too short.”

He also thanked his producer Cobhams Asuquo: “I know I would have given up a long time. You always say the right things. For always expanding the tiny ideas I come up with. You are the melody king, the producer.”

Meanwhile, the award for Best Rap Album was won by MI’s The Chairman album and the coveted Lyricist on the Roll was awarded to Vector for ‘King Kong’. The keenly contested Next Rated award was won by Reekado Banks, sparking a controversy that continued till after the event. The issue led to a heated debate about who should have received the only award that comes with a car gift. Lil Kesh and Kiss Daniel were considered in some quarters as more worthy.

The female winners were Yemi Alade and Cynthia Morgan. Ms Alade was the Revelation of the Year and Morgan won the Dancehall award over Timaya, Burna Boy and Patoranking among others.

The full list of winners and nominees follows below:

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
1. Reminisce – Skillashi
2. Olamide – Bobo (WINNER)
3. Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer
4. Mastakraft feat. Olamide, CDQ and David O – Indomie
5. Falz the Bad Guy Feat. Yemi Alade & Poe – Hello Bae
 
BEST POP SINGLE
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy
3. My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal
4. Woju – Kiss Daniel
5. Godwin – Korede Bello (WINNER)
6. Bobo – Olamide
 
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
1. Praiz – If I fall
2. Shaydee – High
3. Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well (WINNER)
4. Cobhams – Do The Right Thing
5. Bez – There’s A Fire
 
BEST R&B SINGLE
1. Heartbeat – Praiz
2. Baby Daddy – Iyanya
3. Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid
4. Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez
5. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (WINNER)
 
BEST RAP SINGLE
1. King Kong – Vector (WINNER)
2. Bad Belle – M.I
3. Bank Alert – Ill Bliss
4. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno
5. G.O.D – T.R
 
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
1. Waje – Coco Baby
2. Aramide – Iwo Nikan (WINNER)
3. Asa – Bed of Stone
4. Simi – Tiff
5. Yemi Alade – Duro Timi
 
BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
1. German Juice – Cynthia Morgan (WINNER)
2. Sanko – Timaya
3. My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya
4. Daniella Whyne – Patoranking
5. Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy
6. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
 
BEST MUSIC VIDEO 
1. Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex
2. Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi
3. The Sound (Davido Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan
4. Katapot (Reekado Banks) – Unlimited LA (WINNER)
5. Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters
 
BEST COLLABO
1. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno (WINNER)
2. Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia
3. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
4. Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & David O
5. Do the right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez
6. Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid
 
BEST RAP ALBUM
1. Baba Hafusa – Reminisce
2. Street OT – Olamide
3. Chairman – M.I. (WINNER)
4. Above Ground Level – Modenine
 
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
1. Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello)
2. Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour)
3. Young John – Bobo (Olamide)
4. Shizzi – Fans Mi (Davido)
5. Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba (WINNER)
6. Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)
 
LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
1. Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno
2. Vector – King Kong (WINNER)
3. Reminisce – Baba Hafusa
4. G.O.D – T.R
 
NEXT RATED
1. Reekado Banks (WINNER)
2. Kiss Daniel
3. Cynthia Morgan
4. Korede Bello
5. Lil’ Kesh
 
HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
1. Praiz – Rich n Famous
2. Yemi Alade – King of Queens (WINNER)
3. Skales – Man of the Year
 
BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Eyo – Asa
3. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo (WINNER)
4. Bez – There’s A Fire
5. Cobhams – Do the right Thing
 
BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
2. Bez – There’s A Fire
3. Asa – Satan Be Gone
4. Adekunle Gold – Sade (WINNER)
5. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
6. Simi – Tiff
 
BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
1. Bed of Stone – Asa
2. AYO – Wizkid (WINNER)
3. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
4. Rich & Famous – Praiz
5. Double Trouble – Psquare
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid (WINNER)
2. Godwin – Korede Bello
3. Kiss Daniel – Woju
4. Olamide – Bobo
 
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
1. Olamide (WINNER)
2. David O
3. Wizkid
4. Yemi Alade
5. P-Square
 
HALL OF FAME (Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry)
2Face Idibia
 
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Don Jazzy

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