Grime star Stormzy leads Mobo award nominations

The chart-topping grime rapper nets five nominations in the annual celebration of black music, with J Hus getting four

Stormzy, the Croydon grime rapper who topped the charts with his debut album and found a high-profile fan in Jeremy Corbyn, is leading the Mobo nominations this year – he has five.

He is nominated for best male artist, album, song, video and grime act. J Hus, who overcame a serious knife attack in 2015 to reach the Top 10 in both the UK album and singles charts, scored the second highest number of nominations, with four. Two female breakthrough artists, rapper Stefflon Don and R&B singer Jorja Smith received three nominations each.

The Mobos, which celebrate “music of black origin” in the UK, are now in their 22nd year, and reflect a time when the country’s black music is in rude health, with thriving rap and Afrobeats scenes alongside the long-resurgent grime. As well as their considerable commercial success, Stormzy, J Hus and thrice-nominated rapper Loyle Carner were each also nominated for the prestigious Mercury prize this year. Sampha, who won the prize, is nominated for three Mobos, while other artists who have scored Top 10 albums, including Giggs, Bugzy Malone and Skepta, all also scored multiple Mobo nominations.

The awards ceremony takes place at Leeds First Direct Arena on 29 November.

Mobo nominations 2017 in full

Best male

Bugzy Malone
J Hus
Maleek Berry

Best female

Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Jorja Smith
Lady Leshurr
Little Simz
Nadia Rose
Stefflon Don

Best album

J Hus – Common Sense
Nines – One Foot Out
Sampha – Process
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

Best newcomer

Jorja Smith
Kojo Funds
Lotto Boyzz
Loyle Carner
Stefflon Don
Yxng Bane

Best songs

J Hus – Did You See
Kojo Funds feat. Abra Cadabra – Dun Talkin’
Not3s – Addison Lee
Stormzy – Big For Your Boots
Yungen feat. Yxng Bane – Bestie

Best video

Bossman Birdie – Walk The Walk
J Hus – Spirit
Loyle Carner – The Isle Of Arran
Mist – Hot Property
Stormzy – Big For Your Boots

Best hip-hop act

Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Stefflon Don
Wretch 32

Best grime act

AJ Tracey
P Money

Best R&B/soul act

Craig David
Jorja Smith

Best international act

Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Solange Knowles
Travis Scott

Best African act

Maleek Berry
Mr Eazi
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal

Best reggae act

Damian Marley

Best jazz act

Cleveland Watkiss
Daymé Arocena
Moses Boyd
Mr Jukes
Terrace Martin

Best gospel act

Lurine Cato
Mali Music
Triple O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye


Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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