What you need to know:
- He whitewashed his signee Zuhura Othman ‘Zuchu’ and Raymond Shabban alias Rayvanny, a former Wasafi signee, Hewan Gebreworld of Ethiopia, and Eddy Kenzo of Uganda, to win the award.
Dar es Salaam.Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz won the Best East African Artist Award at the 16th Headies Awards.
The Headies Awards 2023 were held on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at the Cobb Energy performing arts centre in Atlanta, USA.
It was an event to be remembered as the future of Afrobeats were celebrated with recognition for their efforts in 2022 and 2023 with awards.
The WCB boss has won the award for the second consecutive year after winning it in 2022.
He whitewashed his signee Zuhura Othman ‘Zuchu’ and Raymond Shabban alias Rayvanny, a former Wasafi signee, Hewan Gebreworld of Ethiopia, and Eddy Kenzo of Uganda, to win the award.
The most decorated East African performer of all time, Diamond Platnumz, keeps reaffirming his position to hold the record for most awards received by any musician in the bloc.
Despite receiving the award, he also lost the ‘African artiste of the year award to Rema who defeated other artistes such as Burnaboy and Marwa Loud from Nigeria and Black Sherif from Ghana.
Other biggest winners on Sunday night were Rema and Burna Boy, both went home with three awards each. Asake also received two awards, including album of the year for his album ‘Mr Money with the Vibe'.
The Headies Award was established by Hip Hop World Magazine in 2006 to honour musical accomplishments by mainly Nigerian artists.
The 2023 Headies, held in the US for a second consecutive year, rewarded works released between January 2022 and March 2023, with trophies presented in more than 30 categories.
Here is list of winners at the Headies Awards 2023
Best Rap Single
‘Declan Rice’ by Odumodubublvck
Best Male Vocal Performance
‘Kpe Paso’ by Wande Coal
Best Alternative Song
‘Tinko Tinko’ by Obong Jayar
Best Video Director
‘Calm Down’ by Director K (Rema)
Best Rap Album
‘Young Preacher‘ by Blaqbonez
Lyricist on the Roll
‘Flytalk Only’ by Payper Corleone
Production of the Year
Best Male Artist
Rookie of the Year
Best Inspirational Song
‘Eze Ebube’ by Neon Adejo
Afrobeats Single of the Year
‘Last Last’ by Burna Boy
Digital Artist of the Year
‘Calm Down’ by Rema
Best Street Hip-hop Artiste
‘Chance (Na Ham)’ by Seyi Vibez
‘Who’s Your Guy Remix’ by Spyro, Tiwa Savage
African Artiste of The Year
Best West African Artiste of the Year
Black Sherif (Ghana)
Best R&B Album
‘The Brother’s Keeper’ by Chike
International Artiste of the Year
Best Recording of the Year
‘Soweto’ by Victony, Tempoe
Best East African Artiste of the Year
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)
Best North African Artiste of the Year
El Grande Toto (Morocco)
Songwriter of the Year
‘Loyal’ by Simi Kosoko, Goodsfavour Chidozie, Kosoko Adekunle, Marcel Akunwata
Best R&B Single
“For my hand’ by Burna Boy
Best Female Artiste
Best southern sfrican srtiste of The Year
Focalistic (South Africa)
Best Alternative Album
‘Gbagada Express’ by BOJ
Hall of Fame