MOBO Award Nominations


Written by Dan Haze
18 Wednesday 18th October 2017

This years MOBO Awards nominations are out and we’ve got a breakdown of all the biggest nominations for you:


Current king of Grime Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO Awards nominations, which was announced today at YouTube Space London. The South London MC has copped five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for “Gang Signs & Prayer”, Best Song and Best Video for ‘Big For Your Boots’.


The MC references the moment he saw Krept & Konan win Best Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards as the tipping point that pushed him to quit his job at an oil refinery and pursue a full-time career in music tweeting, ‘Krept & Konan just won a MOBO, I’m going studio.’


Fast forward four years from that moment and Stormzy’s debut album “Gang Signs & Prayer” is the first Grime album in history to reach #1. According to the, it is also the biggest independent album of 2017 so far with over 220,000 sales.


East London rapper J Hus has broken through in a big way, picking up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album for “Common Sense”, Best Song for ‘Did You See’ and Best Video for ‘Spirit’. The 21-year old MC hit MOBO’s radar two years ago, which earned him a prestigious nomination in the Best Newcomer category and he followed up last year with a Best Song nod for ‘Friendly’.


Jorja Smith picks up three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer. In the last 12 months, the 20-year old singer-songwriter from Walsall has featured on Drake’s hit album “More Life” and even supported him on his UK tour.



Mercury Prize winner Sampha received three nominations for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut “Process”.


Elsewhere, the always front-running MOBO Best Newcomer category is brimming with 10 of the industry’s hottest future stars. Poised for a big night at the awards in Leeds next month is South London rapper Loyle Carner, who is also nominated for Best Hip Hop and Best Video for ‘The Isle of Arran’.


This year’s MOBO Awards will be hosted at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on 29 November and looks like it's gonna be live. Cop your tickets here.


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