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
Young T & Bugsey
Best Female Act (In Association With ISAWITFIRST)
Lianne La Havas
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)
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
Lianne La Havas
Best Hip Hop Act
Krept & Konan
Best Grime Act
Manga Saingt Hilare
Best International Act
Megan Thee Stallion
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)
Best Reggae Act