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NEWS: Rema and Burna Boy Top 2023 Headies Awards: Full Winners List.

In a night filled with dazzling performances and remarkable talent, Rema and Burna Boy emerged as the stars of the 2023 Headies Awards held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on Sunday, September 3rd. The Headies Awards, originally known as the Hip Hop World Awards, were established in 2006 to honor outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry. This year's event marked its second year at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, having been held in Lagos or Nigeria every year from 2006 to 2021 (except 2017 and 2020).

Rema Shines with Three Awards

Rema, the young Nigerian sensation, showcased his prowess by clinching three coveted awards. He secured the title of Best Male Artist, proving his prowess in the industry. Furthermore, he claimed the Digital Artiste of the Year and the African Artiste of the Year awards, solidifying his status as a Pan-African sensation. Rema's global hit, "Calm Down," featuring Selena Gomez, also brought recognition to the international scene, with Selena Gomez winning the International Artiste of the Year award. Director K, the mastermind behind the "Calm Down" remix music video, received the award for Best Music Video.

Burna Boy's Triple Triumph

Burna Boy, a heavyweight in the Afrobeat genre, demonstrated his dominance by winning three prestigious awards. He claimed the Afrobeats Single of the Year and the Song of the Year awards, both for his chart-topping hit, "Last Last." Additionally, his collaboration with Ed Sheeran on "For My Hand" earned him the Best R&B Single award.

Other Distinguished Winners

Several other artists left their mark on the 2023 Headies Awards. Odumodublvck, Asake, Victony, and Tempoe all secured two awards each, highlighting their exceptional contributions to the music industry. Notably, Odumodublvck was also named the Rookie of the Year, winning not only glory but also a solar-powered, two-bedroom, fully furnished house.

International Artiste Recognition Award

Sean "Love" Combs, the iconic American artist, was honored with the International Artiste Recognition Award. Although he couldn't attend the event, organizers ensured that his plaque would be delivered to him.

Expanding Horizons for Afrobeats

In recent times, Afrobeats has gained international recognition, leading major music awards shows to introduce dedicated categories. The American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and even the Grammy Awards have incorporated Afrobeats and African music categories into their ceremonies, acknowledging the genre's global impact.

Full List of 2023 Headies Awards Winners

  • Hall of Fame:  Youssou N’dour
  • Special Recognition: Sound Sultan
  • International Artiste Recognition Award: Sean "Love" Combs
  • International Artist of the Year: Selena Gomez
  • Album of the Year: "Mr Money With the Vibe" – Asake
  • Song of the Year: "Last Last" – Burna Boy
  • Best Female Artiste: Ayra Starr
  • Best Male Artiste: Rema
  • Rookie of the Year: Odumodublvck
  • Best Recording of the Year: "Soweto" – Victony & Tempoe
  • Producer of the Year: Rexxie – "Abracadabra" (Rexxie, Naira Marley, Skiibii & Wizkid)
  • Songwriter of the Year: Simi Kosoko, Godsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata – "Loyal" (Simi)
  • Best R&B Single: "For My Hand" – Burna Boy Ft. Ed Sheeran
  • Best Rap Single: "Declan Rice" – Odumodublvck
  • Best Alternative Song: "Earth Song" – Wizard Chan
  • Best Vocal Performance (Female): Waje – "In Between"
  • Best Vocal Performance (Male): Wande Coal – "Kpe Paso"
  • Best Music Video: Director K – "Calm Down" (Rema)
  • Best Collaboration: Spyro Ft. Tiwa Savage – "Who's Your Guy Remix"
  • Best Street-Hop Artiste: Seyi Vibez – "Chance (Na Ham)"
  • Afrobeats Single of the Year: "Last Last" – Burna Boy
  • Headies’ Viewers’ Choice: Victony & Tempoe – "Soweto"
  • Best West African Artiste of the Year: Black Sherif (Ghana)
  • Best East African Artiste of the Year: Diamond Platinumz
  • Best North African Artiste of the Year: El Grande Toto – Morocco
  • Best Southern African Artiste of the Year: Focalistic – South Africa
  • Best Central African Artiste of the Year: Libianca – Cameroon
  • Best R&B Album: "The Brother's Keeper" – Chike
  • Best Alternative Album: "Gbagada Express" – BOJ
  • Best Rap Album: "Young Preacher" – Blaqbonez
  • Next Rated: Asake
  • African Artiste of the Year: Rema
  • Digital Artiste of the Year: Rema

These awards not only celebrate the outstanding achievements of these artists but also highlight the global influence of African music on the world stage. For more details on the 2023 Headies Awards, visit

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