MOBO Awards: Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage & Others Get Nominated

The Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards which honors black music from all corners of the world, is back after two years off as the nominations were announced on November 24, 2020.

The event will be hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz and will be shown online on Wednesday, December 9, via BBC One and YouTube

Seven Nigerians, including Burna Boy, Wizkid and Tiwa Savage are leading nominations in the Best International and African Act categories.

Representing Nigeria, Burna Boy and Rema were nominated in the Best International Act category. They’ll face stiff competition from Drake, Megan Thee Stallion, the late Pop Smoke, Lil Baby, Popcaan, Shenseea, H.E.R and Roddy Ricch.

Both stars were nominated again in the Best African Act category alongside Wizkid, Davido, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Tiwa Savage, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.

For the Best Male Act Category, Stormzy and Nines go up against J Hus, Headie One, AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey. Ms Banks, Darkoo got nominated in the Best Female Category.

The Album of the Year Category features Stormzy’s “Heavy Is The Head” amongst an array of critically acclaimed albums.

Headie One & M Huncho, Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical have been announced as performers.

MOBO founder Kanya King said it’s “more important than ever” to “continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of black music and culture.”

The full list of nominations is below:

Best Male Act

Headie One
J Hus
Stormzy
Nines
AJ Tracey
Young T & Bugsey

Best Female Act (In Association With ISAWITFIRST)

Lianne La Havas
Ms Banks
Tiana Major9
Mahalia
Darkoo
FKA Twigs

Album Of The Year

J Hus – ‘Big Conspiracy’
Stormzy – ‘Heavy Is The Head’
Mahalia – ‘Love And Compromise’
Nines – ‘Crabs In A Bucket’
Lianne La Havas – ‘Lianne La Havas’

Song Of The Year

Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One – ‘Don’t Rush’
Digga D – ‘Woi’
Darkoo featuring Once Acen – ‘Gangsta’
Tion Wayne featuring Stormzy and Dutchavelli – ‘I Dunno’
Abra Cadabra – ‘On Deck’

Best Newcomer (In Association With Arts Council England)

Aitch
Alicai Harley
Darkoo
Dutchavelli
Ivorian Doll
M1llionz
Miraa May
Pa Salieu
Shaybo
Tiana Major9
M Huncho
Loski

Video Of The Year 

Bree Runway – ‘Apeshit’
Nines – ‘Clout’
NSG – ‘Lupita’
Jorja Smith – ‘By Any Means’
Knucks – ‘Home’
Kojey Radical – ‘20/20’

Best R&B/Soul Act

WSTRN
Tiana Major9
Michael Kiwanuka
Mahalia
Lianne La Havas

Best Hip Hop Act

J Hus
Nines
Ms Banks
D-Block Europe
Krept & Konan
Potter Payper

Best Grime Act

Ghetts
P Money
Manga Saingt Hilare
Capo Lee
JME

Best International Act

Burna Boy
Drake
Koffee
Megan Thee Stallion
Pop Smoke
Popcaan
Roddy Ricch
Rema
Shenseea
Summer Walker
H.E.R
Lil Baby

Best Performance In A TV Show/Flm 

Kane Robinson as Scully – Top Boy
Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education
Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – EastEnders
Micheal Ward as Marco – Blue Story
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall

Best Album (2017-2019)

Dave – ‘Psychodrama’
Kano – ‘Hoodies All Summer’
Ella Mai – ‘Ella Mai’
Skepta – ‘Ignorance is Bliss’
Nines – ‘Crop Circle’
Little Simz – ‘Grey Area’

Best African Act (In Association With Afrozons)

Burna Boy
Tiwa Savage
Davido
Fireboy DML
Rema
Master KG
Adekunle Gold
NSG
Afro B
Wizkid
Stonebwoy
Shatta Wale

Best Reggae Act

Popcaan
Koffee
Lila Ike
Buju Banton
Protoje

Best Producer

Jae5
808 Melo
Sir Spyro
TSB
Steel Banglez
M1onthebeat

 

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