1st Jams: Top 10 hits from 2020 Headies Next Rated Nominees

1st Jams: Top 10 hits from 2020 Headies Next Rated Nominees

1st Jams is a weekly music publication produced by the leading news platform, 1st News. The aim and objective of the publication is to unveil some of the best songs from Nigeria.

As a matter of fact, we discuss not only homegrown or home based musicians, we also expose of the Nigerian-born artistes making waves in the diaspora to a wider audience.

Of course, music is a quintessential aspect of our daily lives, that’s why 1st Jams is here to feed the listeners all the crispy fresh songs that they need to feast on.


The musicians put in the work in their respective studios, then we garner the best and disseminate it to the rest of the world.

As a matter of fact, you can check out other previous 1st Jams episodes here.

As the year gradually winds down, we are in that period where artistes, creatives and other entertainers recognized for their efforts and contribution in the industry.

On Friday, December 4, the 2020 nomination list for Headies Award was published. There are 25 categories (excluding the special recognition and hall of fame category), every single artiste deserves to appear on that list.

Before we delve into the discussion for this week, 1st News would want to congratulate every artiste who was nominated. Despite the turmoil of 2020, they still put in the work to entertain and enthrall their listeners.

On this episode of 1st Jams, we would be reviewing some top songs from the artistes who were nominated in the Next Rated category.

Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade And Bella Shmurda will be looking to go home with a brand new Toyota SUV.

It’s not about the vehicle however, this category have catapulted several artistes into mainstream success; a win on the Headies Award night would serve as the precedent to greatness.

Afrobeats legends, Wizkid and Davido emerged victorious in the ‘Next Rated Award’ category in 2010 and 2011 respectively, both icons have since gone on to enjoy mainstream success.

Burna Boy, another ex-Next Rated award nominee is on a lofty league of his as he has always been. Today, he is a 2-time Grammy nominee, in 2021, his aim and objective is to deliver a winner’s speech. That’s what Burna aims for.

As stated earlier, everyone is a winner, regardless the outcome on the Award night itself.

Our focus on the 1st Jams list for this week are the four “next rated water ” nominees. Check out the list below.

1. Omah LAY- Lolo

The fast-rising Nigerian singer, Omah Lay presents an amazing single titled “Lo Lo“.

2. Tems- Damages

This single is off Tems’ debut EP, For Broken ears EP.


3. Omah Lay– You

“You” is the break out single of the Nigerian singer, Omah Lay.

4. Omah Lay Ye ye

This is easily one of the most controversial songs of 2021. It’s from Omah Lay’s Get Layd.

5. Bella Shmurda x ZlatanCash App

Bella has been doing very well for himself, he emerged from the underground scene to become one of the best discoveries of 2020.


6. Drb LasGidi x Tems– Trouble

Tems worked with the Alte group, DrB lasgidi.


7. Olamide x Bella ShmurdaTriumphant

On ‘triumphant’, Bella worked with Nigerian rapper, Olamide.


8. Omah LayDamn

In October 2020, Omah released the music video for ‘damn‘.

9. Oxlade- Away

Oxlade is one of the very talented youngsters to appear on the nomination list this year. The his song, “Away” was released in the early part of 2020.

10. Olamide x Omah lay– infinity

Off Olamide’s 11th studio album, Carpe Diem.


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