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Laura Mvula and Kano lead the pack with 4 MOBO nominations

KING AND QUEEN OF MOBOS: Kano and Laura Mvula

BRITISH STARS Laura Mvula and Kano have each scored four MOBO nominations, the most by any artist in the running, it was announced today (Sept 21).

Mvula, who won two MOBO Awards in 2013 for Best Female and Best R&B/Soul Act, landed nominations in the Best Female, Best Album, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Video categories this year.

The Birmingham-born singer, who released The Dreaming Room, her second solo album in June, faces competition from Lady Leshurr, Little Simz and Nao in the Best Female race.

While east London-born rapper Kano picked up nominations for Best Male, Best Album, Best Song and Best Grime Act.

This is already shaping up to be one of Kano’s most triumphant years, with the release of his first album in six years –“Made in The Manor” – peaking at #8 on the UK Album Charts, making it his highest-charting album yet. The rapper last took home a MOBO in 2005 for Best Newcomer.

And fresh from winning the coveted Mercury Prize, north London rapper Skepta is not far behind Kano with three nominations. He’ll be going head to head with his fellow wordsmith in the categories of Best Male, Best Album for Mercury Prize-winning Konnichiwa and Best Grime Act.
The MOBO Best Album award winner will be decided by the MOBO Panel, consisting of 300 people including record label reps, DJs, journalists, artists, songwriters and video directors.
Veteran garage star Craig David continues his blazing comeback streak, earning two major MOBO Awards nominations for Best Male and Best Song for When The Bassline Drops (featuring Big Narstie).

“The MOBO Awards were the first to recognise Craig’s talents, giving him his first awards in 2000 for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Act. Since his debut on our stage 16 years ago, Craig David has gone on to sell 15 million albums, scored 16 Top Ten hits and multi-platinum sales in more than 20 countries,” a MOBO spokesman said.

Making his MOBO debut is British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka, who has enjoyed a successful year with his critically-acclaimed UK No.1 1 album Love & Hate featuring the infectious Black Man in a White World.

Kiwanuka is up for Best Album and Best R&B/Soul Act.

This year’s MOBO Awards, which will mark its 21st year, will take place on November 4 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV2 and repeated on ITV. This will be the third year of the broadcast partnership between MOBO and ITV.

NOMINATIONS IN FULL

BEST MALE ACT

Craig David
Kano
Skepta
Stormzy
Tinie Tempah

BEST FEMALE ACT

Katy B
Lady Leshurr
Laura Mvula
Little Simz
Nao

BEST NEWCOMER

67
AJ Tracey
Anne-Marie
Avelino
Izzy Bizu
Kojey Radical
Mostack
Nadia Rose
Ray Blk
WSTRN

BEST ALBUM

Giggs – Landlord
Kano – Made In The Manor
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Skepta – Konnichiwa

BEST HIP HOP ACT

Fekky
Giggs
Little Simz
Section Boyz
Wretch 32

BEST SONG

Abra Cadabra Feat. Krept and Konan "Robbery (Remix)"
(Produced by Yamaica)
Chase & Status Feat. Frisco “Funny”
(Produced by Chase & Status)
Craig David Feat. Big Narstie “When The Bassline Drops”
(Produced by White N3rd)
Ghetts – “You Dun Know Already”
(Produced by Sir Spyro)
J.Hus "Friendly" (Produced by J5)
Jorja Smith “Blue Lights”
(Produced by Joice)
Kano Feat. Giggs & Wiley “Three Wheel-Ups”
(Produced by Swifta Beater)
Lethal Bizzle “Wobble”
(Produced by Diztortion)
M.O “Who do you think Of”
(Produced by Fred Gibson)
Naughty Boy Feat. Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin “Runnin’”
(Produced by Naughty Boy)
Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson “Girls Like”
(Produced by KDA)
WSTRN “In 2”
(Produced by PRGRSHN for PARALLEL)

BEST VIDEO

Bugzy Malone – Moving
(Directed by Bugzy Malone)
Kojey Radical – Footsteps
(Directed by The Rest)
Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman
(Directed by Alex Southam)
M.I.A – Borders (Directed by M.I.A)
Nadia Rose – SKWOD
(Directed by Reece Proctol)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

James Blake
Laura Mvula
Michael Kiwanuka
Nao
Shakka

BEST GRIME ACT (IN ASSOSICATION WITH BBC RADIO 1XTRA)

AJ Tracey
Chip
Kano
Skepta
Stormzy

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
(This category will be reduced to 5 final nominees on 17 October)

Anderson .Paak
Beyoncé
Bryson Tiller
Chance The Rapper
DJ Khaled
Drake
Frank Ocean
Justin Bieber
Kanye West
Kaytranada
Major Lazer
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Rihanna
Tory Lanez
Travis Scott

BEST JAZZ ACT

Bill Laurance
Cory Henry
Esperanza Spalding
Jacob Collier
Michael Janisch

BEST GOSPEL ACT

Andrew Bello
Guvna B
Sarah Teibo
S.O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye

BEST REGGAE ACT

Alkaline
Kranium
Popcaan
Protoje
Spice

BEST AFRICAN ACT
(This category will be reduced to 5 final nominees on 17 October)

Eugy
Kwamz & Flava
Moelogo
Mr Eazi
Mr Silva
Olamide
Tekno Miles
Tiwa Savage
WizKid
Yemi Alade

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