Top Winners At The 2022 Headies Awards Include Wizkid And Tems (Full Winners List)

The 15th annual Headies Awards were presented on Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, with Wizkid and Tems taking home the top prizes (Sept. 4). The concert was held outside of Nigeria for the first time ever this time. The song “Essence,” which Wizkid and Tems worked on together, was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2021. (with an assist by Justin Bieber). Song of the year and best R&B single went to “Essence.”

Wizkid won album of the year for Made in Lagos (Deluxe Edition) in addition to their two joint wins, and Tems won best female artist and best R&B album for If Orange Was a Place. Ayra Starr, Burna Boy, FireBoyDML, Patoranking, and Bnxn all received two honors. Patoranking won best reggae & dancehall album for Three as well as best recording of the year for “Celebrate Me.”

Burna Boy won best male artiste and African artiste of the year. Best Afrobeats Single and Best Music Video went to FireBoyDML for “Peru” and “Champion,” respectively (featuring D Smoke). For “Bloody Samaritan,” Ayra Starr won digital artiste of the year and the Headies viewers’ choice award. As the featured artist on Ladipoe’s “Feeling,” Bnxn earned the Next rated: award and shared the prize for best rap single.

The full list of winners is as follows:

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. Tems

Best female artiste:


Best male artiste:

Burna Boy

Digital artiste of the year:

Ayra Starr

Best streethop artiste:

Goya Menor & Nektunez – “Amenor Amapiano Remix”

African Artiste of the year:

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

International artiste recognition:

Chris Brown

Best Central African artiste of the year:


Best West African artiste of the year:

Gyakie (Ghana)

Best North African artiste of the year:

Latifa (Tunisia)

Best Southern African artiste of the year:

Focalistic (South Africa)

Best East African artiste of the year:

Diamond Platinumz

Best vocal performance (male):

Oxlade – Ojuju

Best vocal performance (female):

Waje – “Last Time”

Lyricist on the roll:

A-Q – “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:

Carpe Diem – Olamide

Best reggae & dancehall album:

Three – Patoranking

Producer of the year:

Sarz – “Monalisa” By Lojay & Sarz

Best inspirational single:

“Cultural Praise” – Kcee & Okwesili Eze Group

Songwriter of the year:

Adekunle Gold – “Sinner”

Best R&B single:

“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems

Best Afrobeats single:

“Peru” – Fireboy DML

Best alternative single:

“Doings” – Flavour

Best alternative album:

Intermission – Ibejii

Special recognition (outstanding impact on the entertainment industry):

Efe Omorogbe

Sunday Are

Bose Ogulu

Special recognition (talent): 


Headies’ viewer’s choice:

Ayra Starr – Bloody Samaritan

Next rated:


Best R&B album: 

If Orange Was a Place – Tems

Rookie of the year:


Humanitarian award of the year:


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