MOBO Awards 2014: Nominees Announced
The MOBO Awards Nomination Launch took place this morning in London...
The MOBO Awards is returning to London this year, taking place at the SSE Arena in Wembley. The show is set to be screened on ITV2 on October 22, with a highlights show airing on ITV’s main site. In the run-up to the big show, a nominations launch took place in London this morning (September 23) which was hosted by BBC 1Xtra’s Sarah Jane Crawford.
The event was full of surprises, from a performance by 2014 Best Newcomer nominee Ella Eyre to an appearance from Idris Elba who accepted the new MOBO Inspiration Award with a ‘speech worthy of Hollywood!’
MOBO founder Kanya King today said of the 2014 awards: “As we enter our 19th year, MOBO promises to be more audacious and bigger than ever before. The nominations today show our relentless progress as we link mainstream music to the development of the next generation of talent.”
Krept & Konan deservedly snagged four nominations this year, being up in the Best Album, Best Song, Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Male Act categories. Ghetts has received three nominations for Best Grime Act, Best Male Act and Best Album. Sam Smith, who has had a rather triumphant year, is also up with the big contenders, being awarded with four nominations.
The category that I was particularly excited about was the Best Grime Act, in association with BBC 1Xtra. Voting for the Grime category will take place on the 1Xtra site and the nominees are all pretty stellar, which will make for an intense voting period and interesting results - peep the list below alongside other recently announced nominations. For the full list including other categories such as Gospel and Jazz, keep an eye on the MOBO website as the nominees are revealed and get ready to place your votes!
Best Grime Act:
Best International Act:
Best R&B/Soul Act:
Best Newcomer in association with HTC:
Best Male Act:
Krept & Konan
Best Female Act:
FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
Jacob Banks - Move With You
Rudimental Feat. Becky Hill - Powerless
Scorcher Feat. Wretch 32, Mercston & Ari - Work Get It
Skepta Feat. JME - That’s Not Me
Best Hip-Hop Act:
Krept & Konan
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell - Sing
Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul - Dangerous Love
Krept & Konan - Don’t Waste My Time
Meridian Dan ft. Big H & JME - German Whip
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Ghetts - Rebel With A Cause
Katy B - Little Red
Krept & Konan - Young Kingz
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Tinie Tempah - Demonstration
Words: Maz Khan