The list which is comprised of 21 categories sees a competitive blend of the relevant acts, and new artistes battling for a piece of Nigeria’s premiere music awards.
Please find the list below.
1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in the year under review.
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Eyo – Asa
3. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo
4. Bez – There’s A Fire
5. Cobhams – Do the right Thing
2. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
1. Don Jazzy – Godwin (Korede Bello)
2. Mastakraft – Wiser (Flavour)
3. Young John – Bobo (Olamide)
4. Shizzi – Fans Mi (DavidO)
5. Legendury Beatz – Ojuelegba
6. Cobhams – There’s A Fire (Bez)
3. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review.
This award goes to the video director.
1. Jamb Question (Simi) – Mex
2. Crazy (Seyi Shay) – Meji Alabi
3. The Sound (DavidO Feat. Uhuru & Dj Buckz) – Sesan
4. Katapot (Reekado Banks) – UnLimited LA
5. Baby Jollof (Solid Star Feat. Tiwa Savage) – Clarence Peters
4. BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. Bed of Stone – Asa
2. A.Y.O. – Wizkid
3. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
4. Rich & Famous – Praiz
5. Double Trouble – Psquare
5. BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best R&B single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
1. Heartbeat – Praiz
2. Baby Daddy – Iyanya
3. Say You Love Me – Leriq ft. Wizkid
4. Do the Right Thing – Cobhams Ft. Bez
5. Wish Me Well – Timi Dakolo
6. BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Collabo – P-Square Feat. Don Jazzy
3. My Woman, My Everything – Patoranking Feat. Wande Coal
4. Woju – Kiss Daniel
5. Godwin – Korede Bello
6. Bobo – Olamide
7. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in the year under review (by single individual or group).
1. German Juice – Cynthia Morgan
2. Sanko – Timaya
3. My Body – Solid Star Feat. Timaya
4. Daniella Whyne – Patoranking
5. Cheques and Balance – Burna Boy
6. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
8. BEST RAP ALBUM
A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
1. Baba Hafusa – Reminisce
2. Street OT – Olamide
3. Chairman – M.I.
4. Above Ground Level – Modenine
9. BEST COLLABO
A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
1. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide & Phyno
2. Hold on – Joe El Feat. 2Face Idibia
3. Bad Girl Special (Remix) – Mr. 2Kay Feat. Cynthia Morgan & Seyi Shay
4. Shoki (Remix) – Lil’Kesh Feat. Olamide & David O
5. Do The right Thing – Cobhams ft. Bez
6. Sisi – Praiz ft. Wizkid
10. BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap.
1. King Kong – Vector
2. Bad Belle – M.I
3. Bank Alert – Ill Bliss
4. Local Rapper – Reminisce Feat. Olamide, Phyno & Stomrex
5. G.O.D – T.R
11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
1. Praiz – If I fall
2. Shaydee – High
3. Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well
4. Cobhams – Do The Right Thing
5. Bez – There’s A Fire
12. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
1. Waje – Coco Baby
2. Aramide – Iwo Nikan
3. Asa – Bed of Stone
4. Simi – Tiff
5. Yemi Alade – Duro Timi
13. NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming act in the year under review.
1. Reekado Bankz
2. Kiss Daniel
3. Cynthia Morgan
4. Korede Bello
5. Lil’ Kesh
14. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
1. Praiz – Rich n Famous
2. Yemi Alade – King of Queens
3. Skales – Man of the Year
15. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
1. Ill Bliss – Bank Alert (remix) Feat. Ice Prince, Eva Alordiah & Phyno
2. Vector – King Kong
3. Reminisce – Baba Hafusa
4. G.O.D – T.R
16. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
1. Reminisce – Skillashi
2. Olamide – Bobo
3. Small Doctor – Mosquito Killer
4. Mastakraft feat. Olamide, CDQ and David O – Indomie
5. Falz The Bad Guy Feat. Yemi Alade & Poe – ello Bae
17. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
1. Di’Ja – Awwwwww
2. Bez – There’s A Fire
3. Asa – Satan Be Gone
4. Adekunle Gold – Sade
5. Ugovinna – Rain On Me
6. Simi – Tiff
18. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).
1. Rich n Famous – Praiz
2. King of Queens – Yemi Alade
3. Street OT – Olamide
4. Chairman – M.I.
5. A.Y.O. – Wizkid
6. Double Trouble – P Square
19. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
4. Yemi Alade
20. SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.
1. Ojuelegba – Wizkid
2. Godwin – Korede Bello
3. Kiss Daniel – Woju
4. Olamide – Bobo
21. AFRICAN ARTISTE
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.
1. Diamond Platnumz
2. Ca$$per Nyovest
HALL OF FAME
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.