The Headies award : Davido, Burna Boy snubbed as Fireboy wins big

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Fast-rising singer, Fireboy DML, stole the spotlight on Sunday, winning five awards at the 14th Headies.

It was, however, not the same joy for superstars, Davido and Burna Boy, who despite six nominations apiece, failed to clinch any accolade.

Meanwhile, superstar Wizkid got lucky, he carted away with two awards; viewer’s choice awards and artiste of the year.

The ceremony which was supposed to take place last year December, got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and held at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ibeju-Lekki.

Popular comedian, Bovi and TV personality and actress, Nancy Isime, hosted the event via the Headies’s official website.

According to the organiser of the award ceremony, Ayo Animashaun, it was difficult yet interesting producing the show. The CEO stated that although planning a virtual award is challenging, the show must go on.

The nominees were announced in December 2020, with Fireboy DML leading with nine nominations, while Burnaboy, Davido, Wizkid and Wurld followed with six nominations each.

Although many have anticipated the likes of Davido and Burna Boy taking the highest number of awards, the duo were left with no award as fast-rising singer, Fireboy dusted the table with four awards with Wizkid going home with two.

The full list of the winners at the 14th edition of the Headies Awards are:

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Artiste of the year




Recording of the year

Ozymandias Brymo

Pop single

Nobody- Joeboy, Mr Eazi, Dj Neptune

Vocal performance male

Under the sky – Praiz

Viewer’s choice


Alternative song

I wonder – Moelogo

Vocal performance femala

Addicted- Niniola

Special recognition

Timaya, Eedris Abdulkareem

R&B single

Tattoo Fireboy DML

Rap single

Bop daddy – Falz, Ms Banks

Street-Hop artiste

Geng – Mayorkun


Country – Illbliss


Know you – Simi, Ladipoe

Alternative Album

ROOTS – The cavemen

Pop Album

APOLLO – Fireboy DML

Rookie – Bad Boy Timz

Music video

I milli – Director K

Rap Album

God’s Engineering A-Q

Songwriter of the year

Duduke – Simi

R&B Album

Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps – Fireboy DML

African artiste

Master KG

Hall of fame

King Sunny Ade


Billionaire – Pheelz.


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