Nines leads the nominations for first MOBO Awards ceremony since 2017

The West London rapper tallies five nominations for this year's event


Photos by: Ed Hubert

Words by: Billy Ward

After a three year hiatus the MOBO Awards is making its return on December 9th, championing another prolific year for Black British music.

Nines’ chart-topping album ‘Crabs In A Bucket’ has earned him the most nominations of this year’s event, for Album of the Year, Best Male Act, Best Hip-Hop Act and Video of the Year. His 2018 album ‘Crop Circle’ is also up for Best Album (2017-2019), a new category celebrating the years missed by the ceremony.

Going up against Nines for Album of the Year is J Hus’ ‘Big Conspiracy’, Stormzy’s ‘Heavy Is the Head’, Mahalia’s ‘Love and Compromise’ and Lianne La Havas’ self-titled project ‘Lianne La Havas’.

FKA twigs joins the likes of Lianne La Havas, Ms Banks, Tiana Major9, Mahalia and Darkoo in the shortlist for Best Female Act, while Headie One, AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey battle it out with J Hus, Stormzy and Nines for Best Male Act.

This year has seen the emergence of some incredible talents, with the Best Newcomer award including names such as Pa Salieu, M1llionz, Aitch, Dutchavelli, Ivorian Doll, Miraa May, Loski and more.

Hosting the awards ceremony will be Maya Jama and YouTuber, musician and comedian Chunkz. The night promises to showcase a strong selection of live music, including exclusive performances from Headie One, Ms Banks, Kojey Radical and Tiwa Savage.

The event will be streamed on YouTube at 7.00PM GMT, followed by a full broadcast on BBC One at 10.45PM GMT. The full list of nominations for this year’s MOBO Awards can be found here.

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