Dizzee Rascal's reward as Mobos hail home talent

Rapper is leading contender to pick up most awards after chalking up three nominations

Former reality TV contestants and British rappers are likely to dominate this year's Mobo awards, with the event's organisers intent on celebrating the success of the UK's best-selling black artists.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal is the leading contender to pick up the most awards on the night after chalking up three nominations. The rapper has enjoyed his most successful year to date, with recent single Bonkers shooting to No1 in the UK charts and follow-up song Holiday tipped to do the same when it is released this month. He has been put forward for best UK act, best hip-hop act, and best video for Bonkers.

Many of the artists nominated represent not just an upswing in British black music but are among the most commercially successful UK acts of 2009, accounting for 1.7 million record sales in the past year. This includes No1-selling rapper Tinchy Stryder, who received nominations in two categories, and the X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, named in the best UK newcomer category. JLS, the boyband that came second in last year's X Factor, were responsible for the second fastest-selling single of the year with Beat Again.

The awards, now in their 14th year, were established to celebrate music of black origin. But the Mobos have come in for past criticism for being preoccupied with American artists and too focused on securing US acts to perform at the event. The decision to host this year's awards in Glasgow, as opposed to one of the major London stadiums, is said by creator Kanya King to be "testament to the fact that Mobo music is the sound of Britain as a whole".

Beyoncé, Kanye West and Eminem are among the American acts shortlisted. The awards will take place on 30 September.

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