Newcomers no more – Sam Smith and Krept & Konan each receive 4 nominations!

UK grime and hip hop sensations lead the way with 15 nominations!

 After a five year hiatus, the MOBO Awards are back in London by popular demand. Marking its 19thanniversary, the internationally established brand is celebrating nearly two decades of its growing success. This year’s emerging talents will champion the stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 22nd October, with the show being broadcast on ITV2.

Kanya King said: “As we enter our 19th year, the MOBO Awards show promises to be bigger and more audacious than ever. This year’s nominees represent an incredible crop of artists. I find it particularly exciting to see so many underground artists featured, who’ve reached new heights over the last year and broken into the wider consciousness. It’s testament to their talent and their determination to succeed and we are very proud to witness their successes to date. This year’s show at Wembley is set to be nothing short of spectacular”.

mobo-walk-2The MOBO Awards have helped ignite the careers of numerous UK artists including Amy Winehouse, Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Estelle, N-Dubz and Emeli Sandé, who all went on to achieve great success after being recognised by MOBO.

This year’s crop of multiple nominees once again asserts the MOBO Awards’ position as a leader in spotting emerging talent.

Krept & Konan are up for four awards, including Best Male, Best Hip Hop, Best Album for ‘Young Kingz’ and Best Song for ‘Don’t Waste My Time’.

Sam Smith has also been nominated for four awards, including Best Male, Best R&B/Soul, Best Album for ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and Best Song for his UK No.1 hit ‘Stay With Me’.

Fuse ODG, Ghetts, Meridian Dan and Tinie Tempah all received three nominations for awards in several categories.

Although the nominations were primarily given to male artists, don’t count the females out just yet.

FKA Twigs is up for three awards, including Best Female, Best Newcomer and Best Video for ‘Two Weeks’.

MOBOAwards_Tinie-Tempah2Artists Katy B and Marsha Ambrosius also each received two nominations. Both are up for ‘Best Female Act’, Katy B is up for ‘Best Album’ and Marsha Ambrosius is up for ‘Best R&B/Soul’.

This year, the MOBO Awards will be broadcast on ITV2 on 22nd October, the UK’s biggest digital channel as well as a highlights show on ITV. This will be the first of a three-year broadcast partnership between MOBO and ITV.

Brand new this year is the category for MOBO Best Grime (in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra). The shortlist of 10 nominees was carefully selected by a panel of tastemakers including grime DJs, bloggers, radio staff and industry experts.

Voting for this category will open on 27th September at 10pm and close on 18th October at 10pm. To cast your vote, head to

To vote for this year’s nominees, go to

Tickets to attend the MOBO Awards are available via


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