Dave, Ghetts And Tiana Major9 Lead This Year's MOBO Nominations

Dave, Ghetts And Tiana Major9 Lead This Year's MOBO Nominations


November 11, 2021

Following last year's first ever virtual show, hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz, the MOBO awards will reconvene as an in-person event to celebrate another year of chart-topping UK music live at the CBS Arena, Coventry.

Last year we saw rapper Nines snatch two MOBOs for Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Album for his exceptional Crabs In A Bucket project while Headie One and Mahalia took home the title of Best Male and Best Female Act, respectively. This year, Dave leads the charge with an unbelievable five nominations, while Arlo Parks, Ghetts and Tiana Major9 all scooped three nominations each.

Founded in 1996, MOBOs are a staple event that champions Black culture and music and has seen many British stars grace the stage with live performances from Sade, Amy Winehouse, FKA Twigs, Stormzy and more.

Kanya King CBE, founder and CEO of MOBO Group, commented: "In 2020, we proudly did the unthinkable by producing an awards show amid a global pandemic, which was no easy feat. This year, we are delighted to be returning to a live format in the incredible city of Coventry. Over the past 24 years, the MOBO Awards has set a precedent for delivering memorable moments and iconic performances, and this year's ceremony will be no different. I can say for certain that the MOBO Awards on the December 5 is going to be the most significant event in UK Black culture this year. Stay tuned for announcements on the amazing live acts we are lining up, as we have some very special performances up our sleeves."

Voting is now open. Below is the full list of nominees.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In The Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Cleo Sol – Mother
Dave – We're All Alone In This Together
Ghetts – Conflict Of Interest
Headie One - EDNA

BEST MALE ACT
AJ Tracey
Central Cee
Dave
Ghetts
Headie One
Potter Payper

BEST FEMALE ACT
Arlo Parks
Bree Runway
Cleo Sol
Little Simz
Shaybo
Tiana Major9

SONG OF THE YEAR
A1 x J1 – "Latest Trends"
Central Cee – "Commitment Issues"
Dave – "Clash" f/ Stormzy
Enny – "Peng Black Girls" f/ Amia Brave
Pa Salieu – "My Family" f/ BackRoad Gee

BEST NEWCOMER - IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS
Arlo Parks
ArrDee
BackRoad Gee
Berwyn
Central Cee
Enny
Joy Crookes
Midas The Jagaban
PinkPantheress
Wes Nelson

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Bree Runway – "Hot Hot" (directed by Jocelyn Anquetil)
Fredo – "Money Talks" f/ Dave (directed by Edem Wornoo)
Little Simz – "Woman" f/ Cleo Sol (directed by Little Simz)
M1llionz – "Lagga" (directed by Teeeezy C)
Pa Salieu – "My Family" f/ BackRoad Gee (directed by Femi Ladi)
Slowthai – "Mazza" f/ A$AP Rocky (directed by The Rest)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Bellah
Cleo Sol
Jorja Smith
SAULT
Tiana Major9
WSTRN

BEST HIP-HOP ACT
Dave
D-Block Europe
Fredo
Little Simz
Potter Payper
Slowthai

BEST GRIME ACT
Bugzy Malone
Chip
D Double E
Frisco
Ghetts
Skepta

BEST DRILL ACT - IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRENCH
Central Cee
Digga D
Headie One
K-Trap
Loski
M1llionz
Russ Millions
SR
Tion Wayne
Unknown T

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Doja Cat
Drake
Kanye West
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Polo G
Rema
Skillibeng
Wizkid
Young Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM
Ashley Thomas as Henry in Them
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in Snowfall
Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in Judas & The Black Messiah
Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-Lecointe in Small Axe
Michael Ward as Franklyn in Small Axe

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
Charlene White
Chunkz & Yung Filly
Harry Pinero
Henry Kwushue
Julie Adenuga
Maya Jama
Mo Gilligan
Munya Chawawa
Nella Rose
Zeze Millz

BEST GOSPEL ACT - IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL
CalledOut Music
Cece Winans
Guvna B
Kirk Franklin
Maverick City Music
S.O.

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT
Ayra Starr
Burna Boy
Ckay
Davido
King Promise
NSG
Rema
Tems
Tiwa Savage
Wizkid

BEST REGGAE ACT
Lila Ike
Popcaan
Sean Paul
Shenseea
Skillibeng
Spice

BEST JAZZ ACT
Alfa Mist
Blue Lab Beats
Emma-Jean Thackray
Jacob Collier
Nubiyan Twist
Sons Of Kemet

BEST PRODUCER - IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMPLEX UK
Gotcha
JAE5
Juls
M1OnTheBeat
P2J
TSB


Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Elliot Hensford


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