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Nines, J Hus, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia, Tiana Major9 And Darkoo Lead MOBO Nominations

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Nines (pictured), J Hus, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia, Tiana Major9 and Darkoo are the frontrunners for the first MOBO Awards since 2017.

The West London rapper has scored five nominations, with J Hus, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia, Tiana Major9 and Darkoo in hot pursuit with three nods each.

Aitch, Pa Salieu, Dutchavelli and Ivorian Doll, meanwhile, have been included in the Best Newcomer category, with the 90-minute virtual awards ceremony set to feature exclusive performances by Headie One and M Huncho, Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical.

Maya Jama and Chunkz will host the event which will be livestreamed on YouTube at 7pm GMT on December 9 and rebroadcast on BBC One at 10.45pm GMT. MOBO Founder, Kanya King, said:

"Recognising the unique role the MOBO Awards plays for so many, and the challenging year we find ourselves in, it is now more important than ever to be there and to continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of Black music and culture. We are proud to partner with YouTube and the BBC to bring this year’s celebration to millions of music fans, and continue to uplift creative voices here in the UK and around the world. A special thanks to Arts Council England, ISAW IT First and Accenture for supporting us on this journey - we see you!"

You can check out the full list of nominations below.

Best Male: Headie One, J Hus, Stormzy, Nines, AJ Tracey, Young T and Bugsey.

Best Female: Lianne La Havas, Ms Banks, Tiana Major9, Mahalia, Darkoo, FKA twigs.

Best Newcomer: Aitch, Alicai Harley, Darkoo, Dutchavelli, Ivorian Doll, M1llionz, Miraa May, Pa Salieu, Shaybo, Tiana Major9, M Huncho, Loski.

Best International Act: Burna Boy, Drake, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Pop Smoke, Popcaan, Roddy Ricch, Rema, Shenseaa, Summer Walker, HER, Lil Baby.

Best Song: Don’t Rush (featuring Headie One) - Young T and Bugsey, Woi - Digga D, Gangsta (featuring One Acen) - Darkoo, I Dunno (featuring Stormzy and Dutchavelli) - Tion Wayne, On Deck - Abra Cadabra.

Best Video: Bree Runway – Apeshit, Nines – Clout, NSG – Lupita, Jorja Smith – By Any Means, Knucks – Home, Kojey Radical – 20/20.

Best Album: 'Big Conspiracy' - J Hus, 'Heavy Is The Head' - Stormzy, 'Love and Compromise' - Mahalia, 'Crabs In A Bucket' - Nines, 'Lianne La Havas' - Lianne La Havas.

Best Gospel: Calledout Music, Noel Robinson, Guvna B, The Kingdom Choir, Shekinah.

Best Reggae: Popcaan, Koffee, Lila Iké, Buju Banton, Protoje.

Best Jazz: Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes, Yazmin Lacey, Ego Ella May.

Best Hip Hop: J Hus, Nines, Ms Banks, D-Block Europe, Krept and Konan, Potter Payper.

Best African Act: Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Fireboy DML, Rema, Master KG, Adekunle Gold, NSG, Afro B, Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale.

Best Grime: Ghetts, P Money, Manga Saint Hilare, Capo Lee, JME.

Best R&B/Soul: Wstrn, Tiana Major9, Michael Kiwanuka, Mahalia, Lianne La Havas.



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