The 2018 edition of Nigeria's foremost music awards The Headies is already upon us. The nominees were announced some three weeks ago, and we are just three days away from the ceremony.
Amongst others, the Next Rated Category happens to be the most coveted and this is perhaps because the plaque is usually accompanied by a brand new SUV. Musicians who will be battling for the Next Rated Prize in the 2018 edition of the award are; Maleek Berry, Mayorkun, Johnny Drille, Dice Ailes and Zoro.
Whilst looking forward to who will emerge winner, we have decided to jog your memory a little bit with a list of musicians who have snug the Headies Next Rated Award from inception (2006) till date.
2006 - Asa
Multiple platinum-selling singer, song-writer and performer; Asa snug the next rated award in 2006 thereby making her the first artiste to win the prize.
2007 - Overdose
In the second year, rapper Overdose emerged winner in the Next Rated category beating out fellow emcee; Naeto C, Blaise, Gino, C-Mion, Kage and Lawal Olumo.
2008 - Wande Coal
Vocal powerhouse Omawumi won the next rated award in 2009. The singer was nominated alongside; Kel, YQ, MP and singer D'Jinee.
2010 - Skuki
In 2010, the award was won by pop group Skuki composed of two brothers: Tumininu Laolu-Oguniyi and Atewologun Laolu-Ogunniyi. They are also known as Vavavoom (Tumininu) and Peeshaun (Atewologun).
The brothers won against; General Pype, Mo'Cheddah, Jesse Jagz and D'Prince.
2011 - Wizkid
Same year he released his debut Superstar album, Nigerian international pop star snug the next rated plaque. The Starboy was nominated alongside; Tiwa Savage and rappers; Ice Prince and Olamide.
2012 - Davido
Davido also won the Headies next rated award in the same year he released his debut Omo Baba Olowo album. The singer won against; Praiz, Chuddy K, and rapper Eva Alordiah.
2013 - Sean Tizzle
In 2013, Sean Tizzle snug the next rated award, beating out heavyweights like; Burna Boy, Phyno, Seyi Shay and Dammy Krane.
2014 - Patoranking
Dancehall singer Patoranking was the winner of the coveted Next Rated Award in 2014. The singer won against; Runtown, Orezi, Skales, and Yemi Alade.
2015 - Reekado Banks
Reekado Banks in 2015 won in what would be the most competitive next rated nominations in the awards history. Reekado was pitted against; Lil Kesh, Kiss Daniel, Cynthia Morgan and label mate; Korede Bello who all had a stellar year.
2016 - Mr Eazi
In 2016, Mr Eazi won the next rated award. He was nominated alongside; YCee, Humblesmith, Tekno and Aramide.
The 2018 edition of the event will be holding on Saturday (May 5th) at the Eko COnvention Centre in Lagos.