The 2015 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) award nominees have been unveiled.
At last year’s event, 22-year-old crooner Sam Smith swept the board and took home a record-breaking four MOBOs, including the highly coveted ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Best Album’ awards.
Now, in a turn that’s all the more fitting for the British award show’s 20th anniversary, this year’s nominations see American-influenced soul and R’n’B artists take a backseat to Britain’s unique, high-BPM take on Hip Hop, called Grime.
‘Freak Of The Week’ rap duo Krept and Konan are nominated for ‘Best Male,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Act,’ and ‘Best song.’ Their critically acclaimed album ‘The Long Way Home,’ which made history when it debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Chart to become the highest-charting UK Hip Hop album ever, is also up for the ‘Best Album’ award.
Jamie ‘JME‘ Adenuga also leads the pack alongside them, with four nods for ‘Best Album,’ ‘Best Song,’ ‘Best Male,’ and ‘Best Grime Act.’
Vocalists Lianne La Havas and FKA twigs follow close behind with three nominations each.
The ‘Best Jazz Act’ category also features a healthy mix of veteran stalwarts like Courtney Pine standing alongside young lions like jazz duo Binker and Moses – which is comprised of tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd, who first met when they were members of the Tomorrow’s Warriors youth development program.
The MOBOs aim to recognize artists that prize musical innovation and achieve great success in genres that were traditionally marginalized by wider British society. The nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of music experts, with the final winners selected by the public. The voting opens tomorrow (October 1) on www.mobo.com.
“Over the past 20 years we’ve been elevating and celebrating emerging and established musical talent,” MOBO founder and CEO Kanya King MBE said in a statement. “We want to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of our brightest stars like Wiley, who paved the way for the next generation to achieve even greater things –and we are delighted to be launching this award with ITV2 here today.”
Grime veteran Wiley will be the inaugural recipient of the ‘Paving The Way’ award, which serves as a lifetime achievement award of sorts, for his pivotal role in the development of Grime as a genre. A decorative paving stone permanently marking his legacy will be placed at Bow School in East London, where both he and his father received their secondary education.
The 2015 MOBO Awards take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 4 November, and will be broadcast live on ITV2.
Check out the full list of nominees below:
Binker And Moses
George The Poet
Stormzy – “Know Me From” (Directed by Jaiden Ramgeet)
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum” (Directed by FKA Twigs & Paula Harrowing)
FKA Twigs – “Glass & Patron” (Directed by FKA Twigs)
Rita Ora Ft. Chris Brown – “Body On Me” (Directed Colin Tilley)
Lethal Bizzle – “Fester Skank” (Directed by Ludovic and Zotto)
Best Female Act
Lianne La Havas
Best Male Act
Krept and Konan
Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Skepta – “Shutdown”
Tinie Tempah Ft. Jess Glynne – “Not Letting Go”
Jme Ft. Giggs – “Man Don’t Care”
Krept and Konan – “Freak Of The Week”
Krept and Konan – ‘The Long Way Home’
Jme – ‘Integrity>’
Lianne La Havas – ‘Blood’
Wiley – ‘Snakes & Ladders’
Jamie XX – ‘In Colour’
Best Grime Act
Best R&B/Soul Act
Lianne La Havas
Best Hip Hop Act
Krept and Konan
Best International Album
Drake – ‘If Youre Reading This Its Too Late’
J. Cole – ‘2014 Forest Hill Drive’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’
Dr. Dre – ‘Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre’
The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – ‘Black Messiah’
Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Reality Show’
The Internet – ‘Ego Death’
Tyrese – ‘Black Rose’
A$AP Rocky – ‘At.Long.Last.ASAP’
Best African Act
Best Reggae Act