This year marks the 17th annual MOBO Awards or Music of Black Origin Awards, which recognizes artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing music of black origin. “We are very excited about the nominations for the 17th MOBO Awards,” says MOBO Founder Kanya King MBE, “The talent this year has been exceptional and we are so proud to be flying the flag for urban music which has been dominating the charts in 2012”.
Following her spectacular performances at London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, Emeli Sandè has been nominated in five categories at this year’s awards, including Best Female, Best R&B / Soul, Best Video for Next to Me, Best Song for Read All About It and Best Album for Our Version Of Events.
Matching Emeli with five nominations is vocal artist Plan B, who has been nominated for both music and film features in the categories of Best Male, Best Hip-Hop / Grime, Best Video and Best Song for Ill Manors and Best Album for Ill Manors.
Fast-rising favorite Rita Ora has been nominated in four categories including Best Female, Best Newcomer, Best Video featuring Tinie Tempah for R.I.P and Best Album for Ora. While London rapper Labrinth holds fast with just as many nominations in the categories of Best Male, Best R&B / Soul, Best Song featuring Tinie Tempah for Earthquake and Best Album for Electronic Earth.
In the Best International Act category the biggest names in urban music are showcased, including Azealia Banks, Beyoncè, Drake, Frank Ocean, Jay Z and Kanye West, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-yo, Rick Ross and Rihanna, who are all up against each other for the MOBO Award. Talk about a steep competition!
The 17th Annual MOBO Awards, are taking place at the Echo Arena Liverpool on Saturday 3rd November, with tickets on sale at www.mobo.com