The Headies 2012

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The Headies 2012
Date 20 October 2012 (2012-10-20)
Location Eko Hotel and Suites
Victoria Island, Lagos
Country Nigeria
Hosted by M.I and Omawumi
Television/radio coverage
Network HipTV

The seventh edition of The Headies (formerly called The Hip Hop World Awards) was hosted by M.I and Omawumi. It took place on 20 October 2012, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The show was sponsored by MTN, one of Africa's largest telecommunication companies.[1][2] The aforementioned hosts thrilled fans with their song titled "The Headies". Chidinma, the winner of the third season of Project Fame West Africa, opened the show by performing her song "Kedike".[3] The Okoye brothers (Peter, Paul, and Jude) won a total of 3 awards. The Artiste of the Year award went to Wizkid. Tiwa Savage and Wande Coal won the male and female Best Vocal Performance categories. Vector won the Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Roll plaques. Davido won the Next Rated category and was later awarded a Hyundai Sonata. The Headies celebrated the reunion of prominent Nigerian musicians from the 80s and 90s, including Onyeka Onwenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar and Daddy Showkey, among others. Femi Kuti was honored with the Hall of Fame award. Verve card held a raffle draw and gave away 500,000 to a lucky winner. P-Square, May D, D’Banj, Wizkid, Ice Prince and Sarkodie were all absent at the ceremony. Omawumi promised the audience that she wouldn't speak Pidgin while hosting the show.[4][5][6]


Veterans Night[edit]

The 2013 edition of the Veterans Night, a black tie event that honors and celebrates Nigerian musicians of the past, was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotel and Suites on 19 October 2012. Artistes and personalities recognized that night include Caleb Olumese, Tony Okoroji, Daniel Wilson, Oritz Wiliki. Chris Okotie, Daddy Fresh, Stella Monye, Baba Fryo, Edi Lawani, Easy K, Pretty (Junior & Pretty), Fellyx, (Fellyx & Mozzyx), Alex Zitto, Edmund Spice, Ras Kimono, Majek Fishhook, Mandators, Edna Ogoli, Bongos Ike, Onyeka Onwenu, KWAM 1, Mike Okra, and Blackky.[8]

Help The Children campaign[edit]

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy, The Headies give back to the community by donating clothes and other materials to kids in need. The 2012 campaign helped children living in the Ajegunle and Makoko Riverine communities.[8]

Nomination entries[edit]

Nigerian artistes who wanted to be considered for nomination were told to submit three audio CDs, four DVDs, a mini DV tape, soft copies of their profile, and a portrait picture to the award’s secretariat. Submission of entries commenced on 4 June and ended on 30 June 2012. Music contents released between March 2011 to February 2012 were eligible for entry.[9]


P-Square and Bez topped the nominations list with six individual nominations and twelve in total. Wizkid, Davido and Ice Prince were tied for second place with four each.[10]


Winners and nominees[edit]

Best R&B/Pop Album Best Rap Album
Best R&B Single Best Pop Single
  • "Private Trips" – Wande Coal
  • "Stupid Song" – Bez
  • "Nawti" – Olu Maintain
  • "Soundtrack" – May D (Winner)
  • "Love Me (3x)" – Tiwa Savage
Best Vocal Performance (Male) Best Vocal Performance (Female)
  • "Private Trips" – Wande Coal (Winner)
  • Banky W. – "Low Key"
  • Praiz – "I Love You"
  • Brymo – "Ara"
  • Bez – "Stupid Song"
  • "Love Me (3x)" – Tiwa Savage (Winner)
  • Chidinma – "Kedike"
  • Ijeoma – "Oloomi"
  • Waje – "Na The Way"
Best Rap Single Best Street-Hop Artiste
  • "Too Much Money" – Iceberg Slim
  • "Shutdown" – Phyno
  • "Angeli" – Vector (featuring 9ice) (Winner)
  • "Oh My Gosh" – Yung6ix
  • "Young Erikina" – Olamide
  • Reminisce – "Kako Bi Chicken"
  • Chuddy K – "Gaga Crazy" (Winner)
  • Terry G – "Akpako"
  • Rayce – "Roll"
  • Erigga – "Mo Street Gan"
Best Collabo Lyricist on the Roll
  • Vector – "Angeli" (Winner)
  • Yung6ix – "Oh My Gosh"
  • Iceberg Slim – "Too Much Money"
  • Phyno – "Shutdown"
  • Erigga – "Mo Street Gan"
Song of the Year Best Recording of the Year
  • "Chop My Money" – P-Square (featuring Akon and May D)
  • "Dami Duro" – Davido
  • "Oliver Twist" – D'banj (Winner)
  • "Gaga Crazy" – Chuddy K
  • "Kukere" – Iyanya
  • "Stupid Song" – Bez
  • "Private Trips" – Wande Coal
  • "Ara" – Brymo (Winner)
  • "I Love You" – Praiz
Album of the Year Artiste of the Year
  • Everybody Loves Ice Prince – Ice Prince
  • The Invasion – P-Square (Winner)
  • Superstar – Wizkid
  • Super C Season – Naeto C
  • P-Square
  • Wizkid (Winner)
  • Ice Prince
  • Naeto C
  • D'banj
Producer of the Year Best Music Video
  • "5 & 6" – Clarence Peters
  • "Chop My Money" – Jude Okoye (Winner)
  • "Ara" – Ajeh
  • "Kosorombe" – Mex
Next Rated African Artiste of the Year
Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Hall of Fame


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