February 08, (THEWILL) – After hosting the 2022 and 2023 editions in the United States, organisers of The Headies Awards have announced that the 17th edition will be held in Nigeria.
The 16th Headies was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, which also served as the venue for the award ceremony two years ago.
However, the organisers, in a statement on their Instagram page on Wednesday, announced that they are bringing the show back home.
“Over the past few years, Afrobeats as music and as a movement has exploded beyond our shores and our dreams. Our songs have recorded billions of streams and sat comfortably on some of the world’s biggest charts.
“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.
“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,” the statement read.
Their announcement may not be unconnected to the inability of the six Nigerians nominated for the Grammys to clinch an award, as well as calls from different quarters to embrace our homegrown music awards.
Headies, established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria, is a prestigious music awards show that aims to acknowledge remarkable accomplishments within the Nigerian music industry.
The annual ceremony showcases outstanding performances by established and up-and-coming artists, adding to its allure and excitement.