Look now, nominations for the Music Of Black Origin awards – aka the MOBOs – have now been ‘unveiled’, with the awards themselves due to be presented on 3 Nov.
Appearing amid the shortlist the most times is Emeli Sandé, who tops even her Olympian ubiquity with nominations in five categories. That Plan B, meanwhile, gains as many mentions for his film-scoring ‘Ill Manors’ LP. Labrinth and Eastern Europe’s answer to Rihanna, party/bullshit artist Rita Ora each have four noms apiece. What a lark.
Prior to the prize-giving at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in November, MOBO originator Kanya King supplies hype: “We are very excited about the nominations for the seventeenth MOBO Awards. The talent this year has been truly exceptional and we are so proud to be flying the flag for urban music which has again been dominating the charts in the past year. Good luck to all those nominated! We can hardly wait for the big event”.
No, me neither. Since the MOBOs are the opposite of the Mercury Music Prize, ie a democracy, you the public can cast your votes toward all awards at this link.
But first, those need-to-know nominations:
Best UK Female: Emeli Sandé, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Rebecca Ferguson, Tulisa
Best UK Male: Labrinth, Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Professor Green, Wiley, Rizzle Kicks
Best Newcomer: Delilah, Stooshe, Angel, Rudimental, Lianne La Havas, AlunaGeorge, Conor Maynard, Jessie Ware, Misha B, Rita Ora
Best Album: Ed Sheeran – +, Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events, Labrinth – Electronic Earth, Plan B – Ill Manors, Rita Ora – Ora
Best Song: Ed Sheeran – Lego House, Emeli Sandé – Next To Me, Plan B – Ill Manors, Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah – Earthquake, Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll Get Along
Best Video: Emeli Sandé – My Kind Of Love, JLS – Do You Feel What I Feel, Plan B – Ill Manors, Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump, Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah – R.I.P.
Best Hip-Hop/Grime: Devlin, Plan B, Professor Green, Wiley, Wretch 32
Best R&B/Soul Act: Angel, Emeli Sandé, Labrinth, Maverick Sabre, Rebecca Ferguson
Best Reggae Act: Popcaan, Sean Paul, Konshens, Damian Marley, Mr Vegas
Best Jazz Act: Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Femi Temowo, Zara Mcfarlane, Roller Trio, Zoe Rahman
Best Gospel Act: V9 Collective, Rachel Kerr, Ni-Cola, Ram1, El Mafre
Best International Act: Azealia Banks, Beyoncé, Drake, Jay Z & Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Rihanna
Best African Act: Fatoumata Diawara, P Square, The Very Best, Spoek Mathambo, D’Banj, Fally Ipupa, Sarkodi Duncwills, Cabo Snoop, Camp Mulla, Amadou And Mariam
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