This year the MOBO awards is to be held at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on the 4th of November, with voting for the awards being opened to the public at 9am this Thursday.
South London duo Krept & Konan and grime artist JME lead the nominations for the 20th MOBO awards. Krept & Konan have been nominated for four awards including best hip-hop act following the release of their debut album ‘The Long Way Home’ in July, the duo have also been nominated for best song after the instant popularity of their hit single ‘Freak of the Week’.
MC JME has also been nominated for four awards, his album ‘Integrity’ has been nominated for best album, his single ‘Man Don’t Care’ is in the mix for best song and the North London act has also been nominated for best male act and best grime act. JME’s brother Skepta is also in the running to collect the best male award.
However all three acts face tough competition courtesy of Mark Ronson, who has enjoyed global recognition and success for his collaboration with Bruno Mars on the song ‘Uptown Funk’. Gloucestershire born pop singer FKA Twigs has been nominated for best female act, she has also been nominated twice for the award of best video for her songs ‘Glass and Patron’ and ‘Pendulum’. FKA Twigs is scheduled to perform at the ceremony.
East Londoner and rapper Wiley will be the first artist to receive the inaugural MOBO Paving the Way award. On the night Wiley will receive a paving stone to place in a location of his choice. It is believed that Wiley will place it at Bow School in Tower Hamlets, the place in which he credits the beginning of his “creative journey”.
MOBO awards founder Kanya King has been acknowledging the development of the awards prior to its 20th anniversary, she stated “Over the past twenty years we’ve been elevating and celebrating emerging and established musical talent- the MOBO awards have been a catalyst for countless artists who received their first TV opportunity on our show”.
Among the most notable nominations for best international album are Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Drake. X Factor judge Rita Ora has received a nomination for best music video for her collaboration with Chris Brown on the single ‘Body on Me’.