On February 21, 2021, the 14th Headies Nigeria’s premier music award show held via virtual and live media due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A lot of the show had been pre-recorded and the live event, featuring nominees held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The red carpet began at 5pm while the main event belatedly commenced around 9:50 pm.
The year-in-review is between July 2019 and September 2020. The nominees for this year’s much anticipated “Next Rated” category includes Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade, and Bella Shmurda.
Nigerian new-kid-on-the-block, Omah Lay won the coveted Next Rated award, which comes with a new SUV.
The Next Rated award at the annual Headies is a highly coveted prize won by the ‘upcoming’ act who has shown the most promise in the year in review. Winners also get a car and join an influential ‘alumni’ of previous superstar winners.
On the night, Nigerian celebrities like Davido and Burna Boy were snubbed by the Headies. Mayorkun, The Cavemen, LadiPoe, Moelogo and Master KG also went home with one award each.
Fireboy led the way with five wins including Album of The Year for his sophomore album, Apollo. By doing so, Fireboy becomes the second YBNL act to win an Album of The Year.