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And the Headies Next Rated 2022 Winner is…BNXN!

Next Rated Award 2022 Winner

The Headies Next Rated 2022 Nominees list is a voting category for the most promising act with an Ep or Album in the year under review.

Next Rated 2022 Winner?



This category is a voting category for the most promising act (with an EP or Album) in the year under review.







Who won the Headies Next Rated Award?

BNXN won The Headies Next Rated Award at the 15th Headies Award. He was nominated alongside Ayra Starr, Zinoleesky, Lojay and Ruger


The unsaid thing on people’s lips now is who might be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner.

This year’s nomination for the Headies next Rated award 2022 is just too tight. We have Zinoleesky, BNXN, Lojay, Ayra Starr and Ruger.

This article is a prediction article that focuses on weighing the options and determining who might be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner.

Let’s examine each of the artists and see what favors them.

First, we need to understand that the Headies next rated 2022 winner will be determined based on public voting.

This means that the greatest factor is the amount of votes a single artist is able to push, and that is what will make such a nominated artist the Headies next rated 2022 winner.


1) Ayra Starr

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Ayra Starr/Next Rated Nominee

Ayra Starr came into the industry in 2020. Within those two years, she has released an EP and an album.

She has been on tour and she has garnered millions of followers online who truly love her sound. The truth is that Ayra Starr has all the makings to be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner.

She has the fans, which is the greatest factor when it comes to being the Headies next rated award 2022 winner.

Besides, she is signed to the most successful and powerful record label in Nigeria- Mavin Records.

She has even debuted on Billboard Next Big Sound

Therefore, the truth is that Ayra Starr has an 80% chance of being the Headies next rated 2022 winner.

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2) Zinoleesky

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Zinoleesky/ Next Rated Nominee

We cannot deny it. Zinoleesky is a hit machine. He’s had successful years roll-out in his music career and he is a killer collaborator on singles.

He’s also had hit songs like “Loving you“, “Kilo”, “Money” and “Rocking“.

Zinoleesky is more like an artist that has the street-cred. If it were based on 50% voting and 50% board voting decision, Zinoleesky would be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner.

He has fans, but not enough as Ayra Starr does. Ayra Starr has more followers on Instagram and Twitter than he does. On music streaming platforms, Ayra Starr has more streaming numbers than he does.

But Zinoleesky has that street cred.

The facts therefore point to Zinoleesky having an 85% chance of being the Headies next rated 2022 winner


3) Ruger

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Ruger/Next Rated Nominee

Ruger’s most successful hits are: “Dior”, “Snapchat” and “Bounce“, and his music is as intoxicating as his song delivery is.

Ruger has his amount of fans and he is well-known in the music industry. And the thing is, he has more fans than Zinoleesky does.

He even has more streams than both Ayra Starr and Zinoleesky. If anyone should be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner between the three of them, it should be Ruger, at least, based on public voting.

But we all know that the amount of sheer popularity that Zinoleesky and Ayra Starr enjoy has been a little more than Ruger’s own.

So, this article is giving Ruger a 70% chance of being the Headies next rated  2022 winner.


4) Lojay

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Lojay/Next Rated Nominee

Could Lojay be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner?

Lojay has had only one viral hit single, “Monalisa“, which has earned millions of streams on streaming platforms.

The song has been doing really well and has even earned a remix with American singer/Rapper Chris Brown.

But apart from this, the truth is that Lojay does not really have another big song like “Monalisa”.

Don’t get it wrong, he has other songs that are really good, and have their number of streams, but not like Monalisa.

This is not the only thing that doesn’t give Lojay an edge. He doesn’t have as many streams, followings and viral popularity as either Zinoleesky, Ayra Starr or Ruger do.

Therefore, Lojay has a 50% chance of being the Headies next rated  2022 winner


5)  BNXN

Next rated 2022 winner

BNXN/Next Rated Nominee

They always say “Save the best for the last“, and that is exactly what we have done. BNXN has come so far in the music industry.

He has the clout, the following, the streams and the viral popularity. This is all based on how good he his, his viral hit “Finesse” with Pheelz and the fact that he changed his name to “BNXN” earlier this year.

If anyone has a greater chance of being the Headies next rated award 2022 winner, it’s BNXN. BNXN has the fans, he has the streams, he has the following, and he has the clout to go with it.

It’s like everything this guy sings goes viral and he trends on Twitter at least seven times a month.

However, Ayra Starr has more followers than BNXN does, but still, there is a very greater chance that people vote more for BNXN than they do Ayra Star.

Therefore, BNXN has a 90% chance of being the Headies next rated award 2022 winner

Who do you think will be the Headies next rated award 2022 winner? Let us know in the comment section!

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People always hold the headies next rated nominees list in high esteem because music gurus in the industry rights now e.g Davido and Wizkid have once been awarded as Headies Next Rated and they have gone to make a name for themselves.

The Headies Next Rated Nominees list also got people talking because the winner gets a brand new Bentley car!

The Headies Next Rated 2022 Nominees will be awarded on the Headies 2022 Award Day ceremony

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The global award for Afrobeats, The Headies, presents the list of Artistes, songs and music projects competing for a Headie plaque at The 15th Headies Awards ceremony holding on September 4, 2022, at the Cobbs Energy Performing Center, in Atlanta, USA.

Leading the nominations this year is Wizkid with 10 nominations; followed by a tie between first-time nominee, Ayra Starr and returning 2021 ‘Next Rated’ nominee, Tems, with eight nominations. DMW’s Davido follows with seven nominations, alongside former YBNL signee, Adekunle Gold.

YBNL Record Label Boss and Pop singer, Olamide, his prodigy Fireboy, and Brymo follow with six nominations. Ladipoe, Lojay, and BNXN all bag five nominations. Closely followed by Vector, Sarz, A-Q and Blaqbonez who all have four nominations each.

This year, with the Award expanding outside the shores of its home country Nigeria to one of the world’s biggest music capital, Atlanta, USA, it has also expanded its scope of nominations to include more African regions and Artistes.

This has increased the number of Award categories from 26 to 35 categories with 118 nominees in total and 27 of these nominees coming from other parts of Africa like Benin Republic, Tanzania, Rwanda, DR Congo, Cameroon, Carpe Verde, Kenya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morrocco, Algeria, South Africa, Mali, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe, and Ghana.

With the year in review spanning fifteen months from October 2020 to December 2021, a few categories have gotten more nominations than usual.

Topping the list with the highest nominations for a category is “The Headies Viewer’s Choice Awards” with eight nominees.

Every year, The Headies welcomes new entrants and making debut appearances this year include Liya, Ibejii, Fave, Pink, Ayra Starr, Nektunez, Goya Menor, Ugoccie, Portable, Poco Lee, Made Kuti, Blaise Beats, Beats By Jayy, Rexxie, Lojay, Ruger, AV, Basketmouth, Ajebo Hustlers, T.I. Blaze, Magixx, Gyakie, Amaarae, Angélique Kidjo, Black Coffee and many other African talents.

During The Headies Big Announcement on March 12, 2022, the Executive Producer revealed the upgraded prize for the most coveted “Next Rated” category, the 2022 Bently Bentiaga.

Strongly contending for this prize in 2022, are Mavin’s ‘19 & Dangerous sweetheart’ – Ayra Starr; BNXN formerly named Buju; Lojay; Ruger and the Marlian signee, Zinoleesky.

To further entrench its values as the global awards for Afrobeats, The Headies Academy have created more opportunities to include and celebrate more African talents on the world stage.

Some of these changes include, updating the description of the “Next Rated” category from previously being opened to the Next Most Promising Artiste within the year, to also including artistes who have also released Albums or EPs with more than 5 tracks and/or 18 minutes play time, within the year in review.

The Academy will also start considering artists for the Next Most Promising Artiste even if they’ve released albums in the year of review.

The “Headies Revelation of the Year” was dissolved. The “Artiste of the Year “category was also dissolved and replaced with the “Best Male Artiste” and “Best Female Artiste” of the Year.

The “Best Pop Single” and “Best Pop Album” categories were both renamed “Best Afrobeats Song (Nigeria)” and “Best Afrobeats Album (Nigeria)”, to embrace the global music nomenclature for predominantly mainstream Nigerian music – “Afrobeats”.

Other new Award categories introduced include, “African Artiste of the Year”, “International Artiste Recognition”, “Best West African Artiste”, “Best East African Artiste”, “Best North African Artiste”, “Best Central African Artiste”, “Best Southern African Artiste” and Humanitarian Award of the Year”.

Joining the “Headies Hall of Fame” this year is one of Africa’s biggest music exports and daugther of Benin Republic, Angélique Kidjo. She will be the first female recipient of this recognition Award and the first since the Awards left it’s home country, Nigeria.

Angelina Kidjoe will be joining the likes of King Sunny Ade, Evang. Ebenezer Obey; Chris Ubosi; 2Face Idibia; Sir. Victor Uwaifo; DJ Jimmy Jatt, Keke Ogungbe and Dayo D1’ Adeneye, Eddie Lawani & Ben Bruce; Obi Asika & Olisa Adibua; Phillip Trimnell; Femi Akinyemi Johnson & Grand Master Lee; Shina Peters; Femi Kuti; Kwam 1; and Laolu Akintobi.

Source: The Headies 

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