This year’s MOBO Award nominees have been announced, and as you might expect for a bumper year in black British music, competition is fierce. Stormzy leads the pack with five nominations including Best Male, Best Album and Best Song. He goes up against Mercury Prize winner Sampha in two of those categories, Best Male and Best Album and up against J Hus in four of his five nominated categories. Our current cover star Stefflon Don is up for Best Female and Best Newcomer as well as Best Hip Hop Act.
Meanwhile, Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar are going toe to toe for Best International Artist, and Wizkid and Mr Eazi have both picked up nominations for Best African Artist. Best Female looks set to be a toss-up between Jorja Smith, Ray BLK, Stefflon Don, Jessie Ware or Mabel, with Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose, NAO, Little Simz and Emeli Sande also nominated. Best Newcomer is probably the hardest category to call with Dave, Jorja Smith, Kojo Funds, Lotto Boyzz, Loyle Carner, Mabel, Mist, Not3s, Stefflon Don and Yxng Bane all nominated. We pity the poor judges who’ll have to choose between them.
Despite all the heat in the nominations, there is a noticeable lack of female artists in the big three categories; Best Song, Best Video and Best Album, all the nominees for which are men. The lack of female nominations in the Best Song and Best Video categories is particularly odd considering the quality of the videos and music coming from the likes of Jorja Smith and Stefflon Don. Notion has reached out for comment from a representative of the MOBO Awards.
The full list of nominees can be found on the MOBO Awards’ website.
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