The 2020 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards event will be held online on Wednesday, December 9, via YouTube from 7 PM GMT, while the main broadcast will go out on BBC One at 10.45 PM GMT.
The nominees are in and our very own Nigerian and African stars made the cut in the nominations for different categories.
Repping Nigeria, Burna Boy and Rema were nominated in the Best International Act category amongst an array of very talented acts. Burna Boy, Rema, Wizkid, Davido, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold and Tiwa Savage got nominated in the Best African Act Category.
For the Best Male Act Category, Stormzy and Nines go up against J Hus, Headie One, AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey. Ms Banks, Darkoo got nominated in the Best Female Category.
The Album of the Year Category features Stormzy’s “Heavy Is The Head” amongst an array of critically acclaimed albums.
Outside music, Ghanian-British actress, Michaela Coel’s performance as Arabella in the critically acclaimed BBC One series “I May Destroy You” and Scottish-Rwandan actor, Ncuti Gatwa’s role as Eric Effiong in “Sex Education” are also recognised.
Tiwa Savage, Ms Banks and other acts will be performing at the 90-minute online ceremony.
MOBO Founder, Kanya King, said:
Recognising the unique role the MOBO Awards plays for so many, and the challenging year we find ourselves in, it is now more important than ever to be there and to continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of Black music and culture.
We are proud to partner with YouTube and the BBC to bring this year’s celebration to millions of music fans, and continue to uplift creative voices here in the UK and around the world. A special thanks to Arts Council England, ISAW IT First and Accenture for supporting us on this journey – we see you!
The full list of nominations is as follows:
Best Male Act
Young T & Bugsey
Best Female Act (In Association With ISAWITFIRST)
Lianne La Havas
Album Of The Year
J Hus – ‘Big Conspiracy’
Stormzy – ‘Heavy Is The Head’
Mahalia – ‘Love And Compromise’
Nines – ‘Crabs In A Bucket’
Lianne La Havas – ‘Lianne La Havas’
Song Of The Year
Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One – ‘Don’t Rush’
Digga D – ‘Woi’
Darkoo featuring Once Acen – ‘Gangsta’
Tion Wayne featuring Stormzy and Dutchavelli – ‘I Dunno’
Abra Cadabra – ‘On Deck’
Best Newcomer (In Association With Arts Council England)
Video Of The Year
Bree Runway – ‘Apeshit’
Nines – ‘Clout’
NSG – ‘Lupita’
Jorja Smith – ‘By Any Means’
Knucks – ‘Home’
Kojey Radical – ‘20/20’
Best R&B/Soul Act
Lianne La Havas
Best Hip Hop Act
Krept & Konan
Best Grime Act
Manga Saingt Hilare
Best International Act
Megan Thee Stallion
Best Performance In A TV Show/Flm
Kane Robinson as Scully – Top Boy
Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education
Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – EastEnders
Micheal Ward as Marco – Blue Story
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall
Best Album (2017-2019)
Dave – ‘Psychodrama’
Kano – ‘Hoodies All Summer’
Ella Mai – ‘Ella Mai’
Skepta – ‘Ignorance is Bliss’
Nines – ‘Crop Circle’
Little Simz – ‘Grey Area’
Best African Act (In Association With Afrozons)
Best Reggae Act