Happenings Emmy Award-nominated Terrence J to Co-host 16th annual The Headies Awards

Published on August 31st, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Emmy Nominated Terrence J to Co-host 16th Annual The Headies Awards

In a resounding blaze of cultural glory, The Headies Awards is all set to ignite the States with an electrifying dose of Afrobeats and the resplendent rhythms of African music. As September 3rd rolls around, music aficionados better be ready to groove at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA. And guess who’s helming this blazing ship? None other than the Emmy Award-nominated luminary Terrence J, alongside the enchanting Nigerian-American sensation Osas Ighodaro. Talk about a dynamic duo ready to set the stage ablaze.

For the uninitiated, The Headies Awards is the apex of pan-African musical acclaim, an event that has consistently championed and celebrated the pinnacle of Afrobeats, African music, and the very essence of the culture. This time, during its 16th chapter, the show’s maestros at Smooth Promotions are cranking things up a notch. They’re transporting the most influential and impactful artists from Africa to the grand stage of the United States.

Osas Ighodaro - Co-host 16th Annual Headies Awards

Osas Ighodaro – Co-host 16th Annual The Headies Awards

Emmy Nominated Terrence J - Co-host 16th Annual Headies Awards

Emmy Nominated Terrence J – Co-host 16th Annual The Headies Awards

Prepare to have your auditory senses tickled and your soul serenaded, because the lineup is nothing short of spectacular. Brace yourselves for the sonic enchantment of Ayra Starr, Rema, Asake, Oxlade, Johnny Drille, Blaqbonez, Spyro, Seyi Vibez, FireBoyDML, KCee, Victony, and an even bigger roster of talent that’s yet to be unveiled. You’re on the precipice of an auditory adventure that spans across South, East, Central, North, and West Africa.

Hold onto your musical hats, because the International Artist of the Year category is a battleground of titans. The nominees? Brace yourselves: Drake, Future, Selena Gomez, Don Tolliver, and Ed Sheeran. If that’s not enough, the legendary Sean Love Combs is being bestowed with the International Special Recognition Award. And that’s just the tip of the music iceberg.

The Headies Awards has tapped into a cultural vacuum, becoming a resonating voice for a generation that’s embracing its roots with fervor. The urban contemporary pop culture that Afrobeats injects into mainstream music is their lifeblood. It’s a rendezvous of creative minds that heralds the future of global melodies.

Nominations and categories read like a symphony of talent:

  • International Artist of the Year: Drake, Future, Selena Gomez, Don Tolliver, Ed Sheeran
  • International Artist Recognition Honoree: Sean Love Combs
  • Best Recording of The Year: Tems, Burna Boy, Victony & Tempoe, Omah Lay, Davido featuring Sunday Service Choir
  • Producer of the Year: Magicsticks, P.Prime, TMXO & Pheelz, Andrew Vibez & London, Tempoe, Kel-P, Rexxie
  • Best Female Artist: Tems, Simi, Ayra Starr, Tiwa Savage
  • Digital Artist of the Year: Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, Rema, Omah Lay, Kizz Daniel, Asake
  • Best Collaborations: Asake featuring Burna Boy, Bnxn featuring Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez, Pheelz featuring Bnxn, Spyro featuring Tiwa Savage, Pheelz featuring Davido, Wande Coal featuring Olamide
  • Songwriter of the Year: Tems, Ludwig Goransson, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Ryan Coogler, and more
  • Best Inspirational Single: Featuring Davido, Limoblaze, Lecrae & Happi Music, Victor Thompson & Ehis ‘D’ Greatest, Neon Adejo, Nathaniel Bassey And Mercy Chinwo, Victoria Orenze
  • Best R&B Single: Burna Boy featuring Ed Sheeran, Ckay, Dami Oniru, Preye, Chike featuring Flavour, Simi featuring Fave

A full list of nominees can be found HERE.

And if you’re worrying about missing out on this sonic feast, worry not. The 16th Annual The Headies Awards will be beamed straight to your screens, thanks to YouTube (U.S.) and HipTV (Africa) Network.

Feeling the excitement? Dive into the sonic vortex by visiting theheadies.com. Trust us, this is one musical journey you won’t want to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for additional star-studded revelations coming your way soon.

Remember, talent’s a capricious muse; the lineup is subject to change.


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Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and Media Consultant. Ph.D. and retired military. Member of ForbesBLK, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and the United States Press Agency. Partner at THM Media Group. Connect with Jerry across social media @jerrydoby_

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