DAVE, CENTRAL CEE, LITTLE SIMZ, GHETTS & ARLO PARKS LEAD 2021 NOMINATIONS
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THU 11 NOV 2021, 1.00PM GMT: The UK’s most prestigious celebration of Black music and culture – the MOBO Awards – have announced their 2021 nominees, ahead of the Awards’ return as a live show extravaganza on Sunday 5 December at Coventry Building Society Arena.
MOBO is proud to partner with YouTube and BBC for the second consecutive year to bring the Awards to a global audience. The ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube on 5 December – tune in and hit ‘subscribe’ at youtube.com/mobotv . BBC One will broadcast a special behind-the-scenes show which will include exclusive backstage content and never-before-seen performances and interviews from the award ceremony. BBC Radio 1Xtra will also be covering the awards starting on Monday 6 December, DJ Target will dedicate his weekday shows (7-9pm) to the MOBO Awards 2021 bringing listeners the hottest performances and exclusive interviews with this year’s nominees and winners.
Kanya King CBE, Founder and CEO of MOBO Group said: “The past 20 months have been extremely challenging for artists everywhere but as always we are seeing creatives rise up and adapt, even in a global pandemic. This year’s crop of MOBO nominees have not only shown resilience but incredible talent and range. We could not be prouder to celebrate their achievements across the 18 categories that span genres, as well as excellence in TV, film and media. Congratulations and best of luck to all of our nominees. Here’s to a big night on 5th December in Coventry!"
DAVE, CENTRAL CEE, GHETTS AND HEADIE ONE LEAD 2021 NOMINATIONS
RAP MAVERICK DAVE LEADS THE PACK WITH 5 NOMINATIONS
- INCLUDING BEST MALE ACT, ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND SONG OF THE YEAR
LITTLE SIMZ, ARLO PARKS AND CLEO SOL SCORE 3 NOMINATIONS EACH
- INCLUDING BEST FEMALE ACT and ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BACKROAD GEE, ENNY, JOY CROOKES AND PINKPANTHERESS EARN
BEST NEWCOMER NOMINATIONS
WIZKID, TEMS, AYRA STARR AND REMA NOMINATED FOR
BEST AFRICAN ACT
DAMSON IDRIS and DANIEL KALUUYA SCORE
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM NOMINATIONS
Dave, an artist who is undeniably a pivotal voice in the contemporary landscape of UK music leads the 2021 MOBO Awards nominations. The 23-year-old South London MC has picked up a staggering five nominations: Best Male Act, Best Hip Hop Act, Album of The Year for the critically-acclaimed “We’re All Alone In This Together”, Song Of The Year – in association with Coventry Building Society for ‘Clash’ featuring Stormzy, and Video Of The Year for his Fredo collaboration ‘Money Talks’.
The awe-inspiring Little Simz has been quietly celebrated and adorned for years but it was finally with 2021’s “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” that the dexterous MC finally started receiving the recognition deserving of her stature. Simz scores a hattrick of nominations: Best Female Act, Best Hip Hop Act, and Video of The Year for ‘Woman’.
Arlo Parks rounds up a year filled with phenomenal success as she scores three MOBO nominations for Best Newcomer – in association with ASOS, Best Female Act, and Album of The Year for her effortlessly breath-taking debut album “Collapsed In Sunbeams”. Soul siren Cleo Sol, the vocalist behind SAULT, has received universal acclaim for her latest album “Mother” and its contemplative, intimate and shimmering take on classic soul, family and interpersonal relationships. Cleo is in the running this year for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Female Act, and Album of The Year.
London rapper Central Cee, whose trajectory to stardom this past year has been near historic, makes a strong MOBO debut with four nominations: Best Male Act, Song Of The Year – in association with Coventry Building Society for ‘Commitment Issues’, Best Newcomer – in association with ASOS and Best Drill Act – in association with Trench. Meanwhile imperial Grime veteran Ghetts, who made a momentous comeback with his timely and incisive body of work “Conflict Of Interest”, earns three nominations for Best Male Act, Best Grime Act, and Album Of The Year.
In a move that shows that MOBO is forever one step ahead their contemporaries, this year marks the arrival of the inaugural award for Best Drill Act – in association with Trench – recognising the cultural and urgent force that the genre has become over the last few years. The crop of MCs who make up the first-ever round of nominees in this category include ‘King Of Drill’ Headie One who is also one of this year’s most nominated, in addition to Tion Wayne, Unknown T, Digga D, M1llionz and more.
Coventry rapper Pa Salieu scores two MOBO nominations in the year the Awards is hosted in his home city. The hotly-tipped rising star is up for Song of The Year – in association with Coventry Building Society and Video of The Year for ‘My Family’ featuring BackRoad Gee.
Wizkid and Tems earn Best African Act nominations, suitably following this year’s global smash ‘Essence’. The category also includes rising stars Ayra Starr and Ckay, in addition to mainstays like Burna Boy, Rema and Davido, showing the ongoing integration of African music into the mainstream.
BEST MALE ACT
BEST FEMALE ACT - IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
ARLO PARKS – “COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS”
CELESTE – “NOT YOUR MUSE”
CLEO SOL – “MOTHER”
DAVE – “WE’RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER”
GHETTS – “CONFLICT OF INTEREST”
HEADIE ONE – “EDNA”
SONG OF THE YEAR – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY
A1 X J1 – ‘LATEST TRENDS’
CENTRAL CEE – ‘COMMITMENT ISSUES’
DAVE FEAT. STORMZY - ‘CLASH’
ENNY FEAT. AMIA BRAVE – ‘PENG BLACK GIRLS’
PA SALIEU FEAT. BACKROAD GEE – ‘MY FAMILY’
TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS FEAT. ARRDEE, BUGZY MALONE, BUNI, DARKOO, E1 (3X3), FIVIO FOREIGN & ZT (3X3) – ‘BODY (REMIX)’
BEST NEWCOMER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS
MIDAS THE JAGABAN
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BREE RUNWAY – ‘HOT HOT’ (DIRECTED BY JOCELYN ANQUETIL)
FREDO FEAT. DAVE - ‘MONEY TALKS’ (DIRECTED BY EDEM WORNOO)
LITTLE SIMZ FEAT. CLEO SOL – ‘WOMAN’ (DIRECTED BY LITTLE SIMZ)
M1LLIONZ – ‘LAGGA’ (DIRECTED BY TEEEEZY C)
PA SALIEU FEAT. BACKROAD GEE – ‘MY FAMILY’ (DIRECTED BY FEMI LADI)
SLOWTHAI FEAT. A$AP ROCKY – ‘MAZZA’ (DIRECTED BY THE REST)
BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
BEST GRIME ACT
D DOUBLE E
BEST HIP HOP ACT
BEST DRILL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRENCH
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
LIL NAS X
MEGAN THEE STALLION
YOUNG STONER LIFE (YOUNG THUG & GUNNA)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM
ASHLEY THOMAS AS HENRY IN ‘THEM’
DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT IN ‘SNOWFALL’
DANIEL KALUUYA AS FRED HAMPTON IN ‘JUDAS & THE BLACK MESSIAH’
LETITIA WRIGHT AS ALTHEIA JONES-LECOINTE IN ‘SMALL AXE’
MICHEAL WARD AS FRANKLYN IN ‘SMALL AXE’
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
CHUNKZ & YUNG FILLY
BEST GOSPEL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL
MAVERICK CITY MUSIC
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT - IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS
BEST REGGAE ACT
BEST JAZZ ACT
BLUE LAB BEATS
SONS OF KEMET
BEST PRODUCER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMPLEX UK
Since 1996, the MOBO Organisation has discovered and supported talent in music, film and TV. MOBO operates 365 days a year to create events, content, partnerships and opportunities for young people in the entertainment industries and beyond. For 25 years, the MOBO Awards has remained a significant cultural event in the British music industry, celebrating excellence in Black music. Its enduring legacy as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic achievement of exceptional British and international talent in Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel and African music has been unparalleled. Global superstars who have been part of the Awards include Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Usher, Rihanna, Cardi B, Davido and H.E.R. just to name a few. The Awards has proudly been hosted all over the United Kingdom in over the years including shows in London, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow, and now for the first time – Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture. Beyond the Awards, MOBO supports undiscovered talent in music via MOBO UnSung and across the wider creative and tech industries via MOBOLISE.
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