Atlanta has become the go-to city for all things music. From the BET Hip-Hop Awards to the Black Music Honors and for the first time in 2022 the biggest night in gospel music the Stellar Awards, Atlanta is taking over as the award show capital. Black culture has created our own platforms to celebrate each genre of music in our own way. Afrobeats is the music genre that has been taking over the radio, streaming services, and the world. Artists from Tems, WizKid, and Burna boy have been burning up the Hip-Hop and R&B charts. Since its start, the Headies has been considered the “Grammys” of Naija, in an exclusive interview with nominated artist, Stanley Enow, he says

“NAIJA IS HERE!!!!!! Afrobeats has been here forever, and the United States is truly only getting a taste of what we are bringing to the table. This genre has been putting on for the continent of Africa and we are so happy that it’s really making the big noise that it deserves overseas.”

It is no surprise that Atlanta served as the hosting spot for the very first Headies Award ceremony outside of Nigeria. The popular award highlights artists, producers, music content creators from the African diaspora, and international talent. For the very first time in its 15-year history, The Headies was held in the US in the great city of Atlanta. Naija descended upon the capital city and showed the essence of Africa in style. The ceremony took place at the Cobb Energy and Performing Arts Center right outside of the chocolate city, we caught up with the man who created the Headies Award, Ayo Animashaun, he says,

“We had to bring this to Atlanta, I mean what other city could hold this much flavor (laughs). When we thought of places to go, Atlanta was number one on our list and it was the best choice. We have been getting love from the radio stations and talent here is definitely at the top in this city for our culture, so we had to make sure that we came here and did it right.

The big winners of the night were Tems with five wins including Best Female Artist, Wizkid took home five wins including, Album of the Year, Burna Boy has two wins including Best Male Artist and Chris Brown received International Artist Recognition.  Check out our exclusive interviews with the stars below. 


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