The Headies 2020

The Headies 2020 was the 14th edition of The Headies, a Nigerian music awards show held to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.[1] The ceremony took place in February 21, 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic instead of December 2020, the usual month for the awards.[2] It will be held at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ibeju-Lekki

The organizers of the event announced TV personality and actress Nancy Isime and comedian Bovi as hosts, this made it the fourth time Bovi will host the event, while Nancy became the first female to host the event for the second time.[2]

The nominees were announced on 4 December 2020 with Fireboy DML leading with nine nominations. Davido and Wurld followed with seven nominations each, while Burna boy the reigning Artiste of the Year secured six nominations.[3]

Headies 2020
Date21 February 2021
LocationLa Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ibeju-Lekki
Hosted byNancy Isime, Bovi
Most awardsFireboy DML
Most nominationsFireboy DML (9)
Television/radio coverage

This year's award rewarded works released between July 2019 and September 2020, this year's award and saw the inclusion of a new category named the Songwriter of the Year to bring to the limelight hardworking individuals who have all significantly supported the creation of quality music.[4]

Timaya, alongside rapper and activist Eedris Abdulkareem  received special recognition awards for their impact on the music industry. The main event also saw highlife legend King Sunny Ade inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame.[5]

Fireboy DML had the highest award winnings for Headies awards 2020 by securing 4 awards.[6]


Artiste(s) Song(s)
J'dess Chi Efo
Chike If you no love
Olakira In My Maserati
DJ Neptune with Joeboy Nobody
The Cavemen Anita
Master KG Jerusalema
Fireboy DML Champion


  • Iyabo Ojo and Mai Atafo - Best R&B Single
  • Oye Akindeinde - Best recording of the year
  • Nedu - Best Music Video
  • Trevor Henry - Producer of the year
  • Opeyemi Awojobi - Best vocal performance (female)
  • Simi Drey and Osi Suave - Best vocal performance (male)
  • Omotunde Bamigbade - Best street hop artiste
  • Eniola Badmus and Masterkraft - Rookie of the year
  • Kim Oprah and Broda Shaggi - Best pop single
  • Laycon and Vee - Best alternative song
  • Lilian Afegbai - Best rap single
  • Yinka Adebayo - Best R&B album
  • Idia Aisien and Ayo Makun - Best alternative album
  • Ayo Makun and Erica Nlewedim - Revelation of the year


Best R&B Album Best Rap Album
    •  God's EngineeringA-Q
    • Illy Chapo XIllbliss
    • YPSZN2 – Psycho YP
    • Cult! – Paybac Iboro
    • The Erigma 2Erigga
Best R&B Single Best Pop Single
Best Vocal Performance (Male) Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Best Rap Single Best Street Hop Artiste
Best Collabo Lyricist on the Roll
Song of the Year Best Recording of the Year
Album of the Year Artiste of the Year
Producer of the Year Best Music Video
Next Rated African Artiste Recognition
Viewer's Choice Songwriter of the Year
    •  Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye – "Duduke" by Simi
    • Adedamola Adefolahan – "Dreamer" by Fireboy DML
    • Damini Ogulu – "Way too big" by Burna Boy
    • Stanley Omah Didia – "Bad Influence" by Omah Lay
    • Sadiq Onifade – "Ghost Town" by Wurld
    • Adekunle Kosoko – "1 Milli" by Davido
Best Alternative Album Best Alternative Song
    •  "I wonder" – Moelogo
    • "Corner" – Lady Donly(featuring VanJess, The Cavemen)
    • "Bitter" – Deena Ade
    • "Anita" – The Cavemen
    • "Money Devotion" – Gbasky
    • "God Save The Queen" – Olu
Rookie of the Year Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year
    •  Bad Boy Timz
    • Olakira
    • Alpha P
    • Jamopyper
    • Zinoleesky
Special Recognition Award Headies Hall of Fame


  1. ^ "Facts About The Headies". Hip hop world magazine. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2020.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b "Meet the hosts for the 14thHeadies". 10 December 2020.
  3. ^ "14th Headies nominees list". 4 December 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Headies 2020". Music In Africa. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  5. ^ "King Sunny Ade to be inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame". 4 December 2020.
  6. ^ Spymaster (21 February 2021). "Headies Award 2020 Full Winners List (Live Updates)". Webbspy. Retrieved 21 February 2021.