By Uche Amunike
The 2022 Headies Awards Ceremony formerly known as the Hip Hop World Awards will for the first time since its inception in 2006, be held outside the shores of Nigeria, according to the organizers who revealed, Tuesday that the 15th edition of the event will take place on July 2nd in Atlanta, USA.
This announcement was made by the Show’s creator, Ayo Animashaun at the show’s ‘Big Announcement’ event that took place at the Eko Hotels in Lagos and aired via HipTV, Tuesday.
Also announced is the introduction of new categories that include Talent Managers and Africa Award, Headies Conference and Music Festival and Grand Showcase of African Fashion.
A new category that celebrates music executives will also be included in the 2022 Headies Awards.
The categories of the award include: Headies Hall of Fame, Viewer’s Choice, Special Recognition Award, Rookie of the Year, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Next Rated, Album of the Year, Music Executive of the Year and Song of the Year.
Other categories are: Best Alternative Song, Best Rap Album, Lyricist on the Roll, Producer of the Year, Best Street Hop Artist, Best R&B Album, Recording of the Year and Artiste of the Year.
Some other categories include: Songwriter of the Year, Best Vocal Performance (Female), Best Vocal Performance (Male), Best Afrobeat/Pop Single, Best Alternate Album, Best Afrobeat/Pop Album, Best Music Video and Best R&B Single.
The others include Best Rap Singer, Best African Collaboration, African Artiste of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best International Collaboration and International Artiste of the Year.
The Headies Award Ceremony, which recognizes the extraordinary achievements of these artistes in the Nigerian music industry has had celebrities like Davido, Wizkid and 2face Idibia winning the awards in the past.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. Apart from the new categories added to this edition of the show, the organizers have stated that there will also be live streaming by major television and streaming platforms including the BBCI and the CNN.
At this year’s event which is themed ‘Join the Movement’, Nancy Isime will be the hostess while there will be performances by singer Goya Menor and popular dancer, Kaffy.
The call for entries will last between March 8 to April 12 2022, while the year in review remains October 2020 to December 2021.
The lucky winner of the coveted ‘Next Rated’ Category, this 2022 Headies Awards ceremony will smile home with a brand new Bentley Bentayga 2022 model.
Recall that in the 12th edition of the Headies Award Ceremony held in 2018, Davido walked home with the Artist of the Year award, Best Pop Single of the Year and Song of the Year awards.
As for Wizkid, he smiled home with two awards in different categories, while Simi won awards in the best R&B Single, Best Recording of the year and also, Album of the Year.