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Published on September 17th, 2010 | by Denny Armatrading

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MOBO: TINIE TEMPAH leads way with 4 nominations.

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N-DUBZ, PROFESSOR GREEN, DIZZEE RASCAL & PLAN B ALSO LEAD THE WAY AT THE 15TH MOBO AWARDS NOMINATIONS HELD AT THE MAY FAIR HOTEL, LONDON

FANS CAN VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE NOMINEES ON MOBO.COM

Tinie Tempah, N-Dubz, Professor Green, Plan B and Dizzee Rascal lead with the most nominations at this year’s prestigious 2010 MOBO Awards in association with Lebara Mobile, once again highlighting British ‘MOBO Music’ domination of the UK’s singles chart and proving that MOBO music is now the UK mainstream.

Celebrating its 15th year, the MOBO Awards has helped champion the extraordinary rise of urban music over the past two decades from niche to now leading the UK charts, and will celebrate the cream of British artists from the past year at its star-studded ceremony in Liverpool, on October 20th.

In a year where British ‘MOBO Music’ talent has held number 1 spots in both the UK and the US, the significance of this genre keeps growing and growing with its influence clearly reflected in this year’s nominations as advised by The MOBO Awards’ independent music panel of top DJs, music editors, journalists, broadcasters and other key tastemakers in today’s music scene.

South London rapper Tinie Tempah, leads this year’s nominations having exploded onto the music scene in 2010, earning himself a staggering 4 nominations for Best Newcomer, Best UK Act, Best Video and Best Song in association with PRSforMusic for his number 1 single “Pass Out”.
tinie tempah

And it’s the boys who also dominate this year’s Best Newcomer category with UK rappers Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Scorcher and Devlin battling it out with new UK singer Labrinth for the coveted title.

This year MOBO has given a nod to UK Grime music’s unquestionable impact and growth within music over the past few years, now combining the Hip Hop category to make Best UK Hip Hop / Grime, which sees the likes of UK’s finest Giggs, Professor Green, Skepta, Akala and Roll Deep’s Wiley all head to head to win.

The UK ladies certainly still get a look in though with Alexandra Burke, M.I.A. and Leona Lewis up for Best UK Act as well as Alesha Dixon fighting for Best Video in association with MTV Base, for her latest single ‘Drummer Boy’.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the MOBO Awards in the UK, this year’s Best UK Act in association with Lebara Mobile, Best International Act, and Best African Act will all start off with 15 nominations each, giving talent the chance to be voted into the ultimate top 5 within their chosen category.

The Best International Act category is brimming with talent from across the globe with the likes of Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Drake and Jason Derulo all vying for the prestigious award.

All of this year’s categories will be voted for by the public with the exception of both Best Jazz Act and Best Gospel Act – winners in these categories will be selected by specialists in these areas as part of the music panel.

The public will now have their chance to vote for their favourites via http://www.mobo.com with the winners to be announced on 20th October during the televised Awards Show live from Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Kanya King, CEO and Founder of MOBO:

‘I am very proud of the level of talent in the UK today and extremely pleased with the dominance of MOBO music artists in the charts both here and in the US, what a massive change compared to when we started 15 years ago! In the past year alone we have seen 2 out of every 3 number 1 hits was from urban artists! To commemorate our milestone year we are launching various new activities as part of MOBO Organisation’s ongoing growth’.

One of these activities, in its mission to support rising talent, is the first ever national MOBO Tour which includes a powerful line up of the hottest names on the UK underground circuit, hitting 6 major cities around the UK in October. Headlined by Best UK Hip Hop / Grime nominee Skepta, the 6 date tour will also see up & coming Brit acts Aggro Santos, Best Newcomer nominee Scorcher and Mz Bratt take to the stage.


FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS


Best Newcomer
Tinie Tempah
Professor Green
Scorcher
Labrinth
Devlin

Best UK Act in association with Lebara Mobile
Tinie Tempah
Jay Sean
Tinchy Stryder
Taio Cruz
Chipmunk
N-Dubz
Giggs
JLS
Roll Deep
M.I.A
Dizzee Rascal
Alexandra Burke
Sade
Plan B
Leona Lewis

Best Song in association with PRSforMusic
Taio Cruz ft Ke$ha – “Dirty Picture”
Tinie Tempah – “Pass Out”
N-Dubz ft Mr Hudson – “Playing With Fire”
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang, Bang, Bang”
Professor Green ft Ed Drewett – “I Need You Tonight”

Best UK R&B / Soul
Sade
Natalie Williams
Corinne Bailey Rae
McLean
Plan B

Best UK Hip Hop / Grime
Giggs
Professor Green
Skepta
Akala
Wiley

Best International Act
Drake
Alicia Keys
Jay Z
Rihanna
Eminem
Janelle Monae
Black Eyed Peas
Nicki Minaj
Ne-Yo
Usher
Beyonce
Jason Derulo
Lil Wayne
Travie McCoy
Trey Songz

Best Reggae
Damian Marley
Mavado
GYPTIAN
Vybz Kartel
GAPPY RANKS

Best Album
Plan B – “The Defamation of Strickland Banks”
JLS – “JLS”
N-Dubz “Against All Odds”
Chipmunk –“I Am Chipmunk”
Dizzee Rascal – “Tongue in Cheek”

Best Video in association with MTV Base
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang, Bang, Bang”
Tinie Tempah ft Labrinth – “Frisky”
Tinchy Stryder – “You’re Not Alone”
Alesha Dixon – “Drummer Boy”
Dizzee Rascal – “Dirtee Disco”

Best African Act
K’Naan (Somalia)
P-Square (Nig)
Hip Hop Pantsula (SA)
JJC (Nig)
Banky W. (Nig)
Concha Buika (Equatorial Guinea)
Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia)
Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana)
Angélique Kidjo (Benin)
M3NSA (Ghana)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)
Tinny (Ghana)
Waldemar Bastos (Zimbabwe)
Staff Benda Bilili (Congo-Kinshasa)
BLK JKS (South Africa)

Best Gospel Act
Faith Child
Guvna B
Rachel Kerr
Jake Isaac
Beverley Trotman

Best Jazz Act
Robert Glasper – ‘Double Booked’
Brad Mehldau – ‘Highway Rider’
Empirical – ‘Out ‘n’ In’
Phronesis – ‘Alive’
John McLaughlin – ‘To the One’

For those wanting to attend this year’s MOBO Awards, information on tickets, VIP tables and hotel deals is available from http://www.mobo.com

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is a massive music fan and has been writing professionally about it since 2009. Graduating from University in Digital Arts & Design for Interactive Media, Denny has years of experience working online in various areas. Music is his passion and his work.


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