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2015 MOBO Awards Nominations Announced

 

THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER:

Nominations for the upcoming 20th anniversary MOBO Awards were announced yesterday. The much anticipated awards will be held in Leeds on Wednesday 4th November at the First Direct Arena.

For the first time UK Grime and Hip Hop acts have dominated the MOBO nominations list scooping a whopping 27 nominations across all MOBO categories announced at legendary London jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s today.

Broadcaster and DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford - who will be hosting the celebrity packed awards - also announced nominations in the Best Song category for international artists Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson for the massive hit Uptown Funk and Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne for Not Letting Go.

Thousands of tickets were snapped up just days after the announcement at this year’s Leeds West Indian Carnival, that the awards will take place at the state of the art FD Arena which has played host to international stars including Prince, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith.


The glittering event will be staged in the city for the first time in the MOBO Awards history, with the support of Leeds City Council and Leeds Business Improvement District.

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MOBO Founder and CEO Kanya King also announced the first recipient of the inaugural MOBO Paving the Way award in partnership with ITV2, established to honour trailblazers’ achievements and influence across the creative industries.

Rapper and producer Wiley a pioneer of grime music who has notched up massive Top 10 hits including 2010’s Never Be Your Woman with Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé and the 2012 chart-topper Heatwave, is the first of a number of recipients of the Paving the Way Award to be announced in the lead up to November’s red carpet awards.

 

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Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said,“Leeds is extremely proud to host the 2015 MOBO Awards - such a prestigious event that really endorses the city’s cultural ambitions and strengthens our bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.”

Leeds Business District Improvement Chief Executive, Andrew Cooper added, “Leeds Business Improvement District is demonstrating its ambition to work collaboratively to attract new events which showcase the city’s venue, hospitality and retail offer while underpinning its diversity.”

This year’s MOBO Awards will be broadcast live on ITV2 and repeated in full on ITV.

Performances for the MOBO Awards will be announced over the coming weeks and will include a rare televised performance from FKA twigs who copped three nominations for Best Female and two Best Video nominations for Pendulum and Glass and Patron.

Hip hop titans Krept & Konan will also take to the stage for a special performance as well as leading the nominations with four nods including Best Album for The Long Way Home which made history by becoming the highest charting UK hip hop record when it debuted at #2 in the national charts.

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Tickets for the 2015 MOBO Awards are available via www.mobo.com/tickets

CAPTIONS:

  1. MOBO Awards 2015 presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford tries out one of the awards up for grabs at FD Arena in Leeds on November 4th. Image courtesy The MOBO Organisation
  2. Singer Ella Eyre, nominated in the 2015 MOBO Awards Best Female Act category will take to the FD Arena stage in Leeds on November 4th. Image courtesy The MOBO Organisation
  3. With four nominations, hip hop duo Krept & Konan will give a special performance at the 2015 MOBO Awards at FD Arena in Leeds on November 4th . Image courtesy The MOBO Organisation

 

2015 MOBO NOMINATIONS – FINAL LIST

 

MOBO BEST VIDEO 
1. STORMZY – “KNOW ME FROM”
2. FKA TWIGS – “PENDULUM”
3. RITA ORA “BODY ON ME” FT. CHRIS BROWN
4. LETHAL BIZZLE – “FESTER SKANK”
5. FKA TWIGS – “GLASS & PATRON”


MOBO BEST FEMALE ACT
1. FKA TWIGS
2. LITTLE SIMZ
3. ELLA EYRE
4. LIANNE LA HAVAS
5. JESS GLYNNE


MOBO BEST SONG (In association with First Direct)
1. MARK RONSON “UPTOWN FUNK” FT. BRUNO MARS
2. SKEPTA “SHUTDOWN”
3. TINIE TEMPAH “NOT LETTING GO” FT. JESS GLYNNE
4. JME “MAN DON’T CARE” FT. GIGGS
5. KREPT & KONAN “FREAK OF THE WEEK” FT. JEREMIH


MOBO BEST MALE ACT
1. SKEPTA
2. MARK RONSON
3. KREPT AND KONAN
4. JME
5. STORMZY


MOBO BEST AFRICAN ACT
1. DAVIDO
2. WIZKID
3. FUSE ODG
4. PATORANKING
5. MOELOGO
6. YEMI ALADE
7. AKA
8. MISTA SILVA
9. SHATTA WALE
10. SILVASTONE


MOBO BEST ALBUM
1. KREPT AND KONAN – “THE LONG WAY HOME”
2. JME – “INTEGRITY >”
3. LIANNE LA HAVAS – “BLOOD”
4. WILEY - “SNAKES & LADDERS”
5. JAMIE XX – “IN COLOUR”


MOBO BEST HIP HOP ACT 1. AKALA
2. KREPT AND KONAN
3. NINES
4. LITTLE SIMZ
5. LADY LESHURR


MOBO BEST REGGAE ACT
1. STYLO G
2. CHRONIXX
3. OMI
4. POPCAAN
5. PROTOJE


MOBO BEST INTERNATIONAL ALBUM
1. DRAKE “IF YOU’RE READING THIS ITS TOO LATE”
2. J. COLE “2014 FOREST HILL DRIVE”
3. KENDRICK LAMAR – “TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY”
4. DR. DRE – “COMPTON: A SOUNDTRACK BY DR. DRE”
5. THE WEEKND – “BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS”
6. D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD “BLACK MESSIAH”
7. JAZMINE SULLIVAN – “REALITY SHOW”
8. THE INTERNET – “EGO DEATH”
9. TYRESE – “BLACK ROSE”
10. A$AP ROCKY – “AT.LONG.LAST.ASAP”

MOBO BEST NEWCOMER (In association with Virgin Trains East Coast)
1. BUGZY MALONE
2. SECTION BOYZ
3. NAO
4. BONKAZ
5. NICK BREWER
6. GEORGE THE POET
7. J HUS
8. SNAKEHIPS
9. SINEAD HARNETT
10. YUNGEN


MOBO BEST RNB/SOUL ACT
1. KWABS
2. ANDREYA TRIANA
3. SHAKKA
4. LIANNE LA HAVAS
5. JOSS STONE


MOBO BEST JAZZ ACT
1. BINKER AND MOSES
2. JULIA BIEL
3. COURTNEY PINE
4. DAVID LYTTLE
5. POLAR BEAR


MOBO BEST GOSPEL ACT
1. CHOS3N
2. OLAEDO IBE
3. LEROY JOHNSON
4. NI-COLA
5. FAITH CHILD


MOBO BEST GRIME ACT (In association with BBC Radio 1Xtra)
1. BUGZY MALONE
2. JME
3. LETHAL BIZZLE
4. SKEPTA
5. STORMZY

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