The nominees for this year’s MOBO Awards have officially been released: leading the pack are singer Sam Smith and rap duo Krept & Konan, who have scores four nods each. Following closely behind are Fuse ODG, Ghetts, Meridian Dan, FKA Twigs and Tinie Tempah — they have three nominations — alongside Katy B and Marsha Ambrosius with two.
MOBOs founder spoke on what the masses can expect for 2014:
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.
The awards ceremony will take place at SSE Arena in London 22nd October. You can check out the full nominations list below.
UPDATE: Jessie J, Professor Green, Krept and Konan, Nicole Sherzinger, Ghetts, (Clean Bandit’s) Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre, Gorgon City, MNEK, Fekky and Meridian Dan are set to perform at this year’s MOBO Awards.
MOBO Best Male Act
Krept & Konan
MOBO Best Female Act
MOBO Best Newcomer
MOBO Best International Act
MOBO Best Song
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell, “Sing”
Fuse ODG ft. Sean Paul, “Dangerous Love”
Krept & Konan, “Don’t Waste My Time”
Meridian Dan ft. Big H & JME, “German Whip”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
MOBO Best Video
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks”
Jacob Banks, “Move With You”
Rudimental ft. Becky Hill, “Powerless”
Scorcher ft. Wretch 32, Mercston & Ari, “Work Get It”
Skepta ft. JME, “That’s Not Me”
MOBO Best Album
Ghetts, Rebel With A Cause
Katy B, Little Red
Krept & Konan, Young Kingz
Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
Tinie Tempah, Demonstration
MOBO Best Gospel Act
Living Faith Connection Choir
MOBO Best Reggae Act
MOBO Best Jazz Act
MOBO Best Hip Hop Act
Krept & Konan
MOBO Best African Act
MOBO Best Grime Act
MOBO Best R&B / Soul Act