The 14th headies and our dear Next rated category

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The 14th Headies awards is here and we are excited.

The headies, established in 2006, originally called the hip-hop world awards is Nigeria’s most prestigious music awards show.

It is held to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

The event scheduled to take place tomorrow, February 21, 2021 had earlier been slater for December 2020 but had to be postponed due to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will be held at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ibeju-lekki.

The next-rated category which focuses on the new kids on the block is the most anticipated out of the 26 categories and usually has a lot of talking points around it.

This year’s Next rated category looks to be an especially tight one as we have exciting talent vying for the coveted crown with each of the nominees equally deserving of the title.

Meet the nominees in no particular order:

Omah Lay

Music producer and singer, Omah Stanley Didia a.k.a Omah Lay came into the limelight last year 2020.

Omah lay gained popularity for his song Bad influence, the singer has since gone on to feature on several songs and become a force to contend with on the music scene.


Openiyi ‘Tems’ Temilade, is a 26 year old Alte singer. The singer came to limelight for her single ‘Try me’ which  has over 4.6 million views on YouTube. She featured on RnB singer Khalid’s ‘Know your worth’ afrobeats remix which had Davido on it.

In 2020 her collaboration with Wizkid on their song Essence earned her a number one spot on BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart as at 30 January 2021.

Bella Shmurda

Bella Shmurda

Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed a.k.a Bella Shmurda is a Nigerian songwriter and singer.

Shmurda came to limelight in 2020 for his single ‘Cash App’ which was a huge success with 5.4 million views on Youtube.

Bella Shmurda has featured on several songs and is force in his own right


Ikuforiji Abdulrahman Olaitan a.k.a Oxlade, born in Lagos is a singer and songwriter.

Oxlade came to limelight after a feature from fellow artist Blaqbonez on the hit track ‘Mamiwota‘.

The singer later featured on Fireboy DML’s hit single ‘Sing‘.

Oxlade has gone on to carve a spot for himself with his wonderful singing capabilities and unique voice range.

Previous winners of the Next rated include:

2019 – Rema

2018 – Mayorkun

2016 – Mr Eazi

2015 – Reekado Banks

2014 – Patoranking

2013 – Sean Tizzle

2012 – Davido

2011 – Wizkid

2010 – Skuki

2009 – Omawumi

2008 – Wande Coal

2007 – Overdose

2006 – Asa

In addition to receiving the award plaque, recipients of the Next Rated honor are given a vehicle at a later date.

Let us know Who you think should Win.


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