The YBNL CEO, Olamide, leads other nominees with eight nominations in the best pop single, rap album, best collaboration (two), best street-hop artiste, album of the year, artiste of the year and song of the year categories.
Starboy Wizkid, who reportedly walked out of the awards in 2014, was nominated in seven categories: recording of the year, best RNB/Pop album, best pop single, best collabo, album of the year, artiste of the year and song of the year.
The keenly contested Next Rated category, in which the winner walks away with a car as well as a plaque, has as nominees Mavin Records’ Reekado Banks and Korede Bello, Kiss Daniel, Cynthia Morgan and Lil Kesh.
This year’s edition features first-time nominees Falz The Bahd Guy, Mr. 2Kay, Small Doctor, Ugovinna, Di’Ja, Shaydee, Simi and Aramide.
Pop superstar 2Face Idibia will be honoured with The Hall of Fame Award, which celebrates industry heavyweights.
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