The below list of artists for 'MOBO Best International Act' will be reduced from 10 to 5 nominees on Wednesday 8th October based on voting results.  


Beyoncé Knowles is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who's acclaimed for her thrilling vocals, videos and live shows. The artist’s latest self-titled album has gone double platinum becoming the fastest-selling album in iTunes history.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown is an American recording artist, dancer and actor from Virginia, U.S. He recently released his sixth album, ‘X’.


Drake is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, and actor who has sold over 5 million albums worldwide. His work has earned him a Grammy Award, three Juno Awards, six BET Awards, and set several significant Billboard records.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea, also known as Amethyst Kelly, is an Australian recording artist from New South Wales. Also in 2012, Azalea became both the first female and the first non-American rapper to be featured on XXL's annual Top 10 Freshman cover issue.

J Cole

J. Cole is a German born rapper and actor. He was first known as Jay-Z’s protégé but has now emerged from the side-line to become a Billboard chart topper.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has recently crowned the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her first full-length set Souled Out, selling 70,000 units in its opening week.

Kendrick Lamar

Winner of last year’s MOBO Award in this category, Kendrick Lamar is an American hip hop recording artist from California. He has just announced new music for 2014.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is an American rapper, songwriter and actress. Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List and is known for her distinctive rapping style for its fast flow and use of alter egos and accents.


Pharrell Williams, also known simply as Pharrell, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer. He is also part of a duo called the Neptunes which produces soul, R&B, and hip hop music.

Trey Songz

Trey Songz is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. He has received three Grammy Awards nominations.