Headies Awards Returns to Nigeria for 17th Edition After Two Years in US

The Headies, Nigeria’s renowned annual music awards ceremony, is set to return to its home country for the 17th edition after hosting the 2022 and 2023 editions in the United States.

Founded in 2006, The Headies has been instrumental in recognizing significant achievements within the Nigerian music industry.

In a statement shared on their Instagram page on Wednesday, the organizers highlighted the global impact of Afrobeats and its artists.

The statement acknowledged the genre’s exponential growth with billions of streams, chart-topping success, and sold-out arena performances by Nigerian stars.

The statement read, “Over the past few years, Afrobeats—as music and as a movement—has exploded beyond our shores and beyond our dreams. Our songs have recorded billions of streams and sat comfortably on some of the world’s biggest charts,” the statement reads.

“Our music is the soundtrack to millions of videos online. Our stars have sold out the biggest arenas even as African collaborations do insane numbers. The Headies followed the music in honour of this explosion.

“As the event that recognised the arrival of our major music talents way before they conquered the world, we understand the importance of taking the good news of great music to new frontiers. So, the 2022 and 2023 editions of The Headies held in the US.

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“The world got a chance to see our global stars and our future stars. This year—2024— we are bringing the world back home. To the place that birthed the sound that has led everybody to the dancefloor, that has launched viral videos, that has put our continent right at the centre of global pop culture.

“Ladies and gentlemen, The Headies is coming back home. More details soon.”

Details about the 17th edition’s venue and specifics are yet to be disclosed, but the organizers assured that more information would be shared soon. The 15th and 16th editions were held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, showcasing the global reach of Nigerian music in the international music scene.