The MOBO awards are almost here and from the looks of it, it’s been a good year for fresh and little known talents.
Leading the pack are Sam Smith and South London rappers Krept and Konan with 4 nominations each while Tinie Tempah and Fuse ODG have 3 each.
Krept and Konan won the 2014 BET award for ‘Best International Act‘ already, so it’ll be interesting how many more they’ll be scooping on the night.
Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea and her BFF (not), Nicki Minaj are also up for nominations as are Jessie J, Rita Ora and Estelle.
In the best African act category, Nigerian artists dominate (as expected) with Tiwa Savage, Davido, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Dr Sid all in with a shot at winning.
After a 5 year hiatus, MOBO founder Kanya King said, “As we enter our 19th year, the Mobo Awards show promises to be bigger and more audacious than ever. This year’s nominees represent an incredible crop of artists.
“I find it particularly exciting to see so many underground artists featured, who’ve reached new heights over the last year and broken into the wider consciousness. It’s testament to their talent and their determination to succeed and we are very proud to witness their successes to date. This year’s show at Wembley is set to be nothing short of spectacular.”
The MOBO Awards have helped ignite the careers of numerous UK artists including Amy Winehouse, Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, N-Dubz and Emeli Sandé, who all went on to achieve great success after being recognised by MOBO.
The awards ceremony scheduled for the 22nd of October will also be coming back to the capital at the Wembley arena after a 5 year tour around the country, and the show will be broadcast by ITV.
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See the full list of nominees below
MOBO Best Male Act
Krept & Konan
MOBO Best Female Act
MOBO Best Newcomer
MOBO Best International Act
MOBO Best Song
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell, “Sing”
Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul, “Dangerous Love”
Krept & Konan, “Don’t Waste My Time”
Meridian Dan ft. Big H & JME, “German Whip”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
MOBO Best Video
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks”
Jacob Banks, “Move With You”
Rudimental ft. Becky Hill, “Powerless”
Scorcher ft. Wretch 32, Mercston & Ari, “Work Get It”
Skepta ft. JME, “That’s Not Me”
MOBO Best Album
Ghetts, Rebel With A Cause
Katy B, Little Red
Krept & Konan, Young Kingz
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Tinie Tempah, Demonstration
MOBO Best Gospel Act
Living Faith Connection Choir
MOBO Best Reggae Act
MOBO Best Jazz Act
MOBO Best Hip Hop Act
Krept & Konan
MOBO Best African Act
MOBO Best Grime Act
MOBO Best R&B / Soul Act