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21 Sep 2013 9:00 AM
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LONDON - some of the most exciting names in music joined forces for the hotly anticipated announcement of the nominees for this year’s MOBO Awards. Ahead of the 18th anniversary show at the brand new, SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday, October 19; the nominations were revealed at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms – where the awards show started in 1996, following careful deliberation from this year’s MOBO music panel.

During an important year for the internationally-renowned entertainment brand, the star-studded London event saw names from the MOBO Awards past and present arrive to hear this year’s shortlist before opening to the public vote. It will now be down to the fans to decide who walks away with a coveted MOBO Award in October, with the categories now open to the public via www.mobo.com/voting2013. Never in its 18 year history has such a fierce competition been witnessed among MOBO music talent with Laura Mvula and Wiley being nominated in four categories each, immediately followed by Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Rudimental and Wretch 32 with three gongs respectively being put forward to be publicly recognised for their achievements over the past year.

Tickets for the show are on sale now, giving fans the chance to be there as the winners are revealed. Prices vary from £25 to £49 and are available from www.mobo.com/tickets.

Hosted by long-standing MOBO Awards supporter and BBC 1Xtra DJ; Sarah-Jane Crawford and appearances from Jessie JSo SolidCEO Dancers (Britain’s Got Talent), 90s pop sensation; Gabrielle, Lianne La Havas, Wiley, Naughty Boy, MKS (original Sugababes line-up) Jason Derulo and Jourdan Dunn to name just a few - this year’s nominations party didn’t disappoint.

One particular highlight of the evening was a surprise performance from past MOBO Award winners; So Solid Crew, who opened the evening with a lively performance of their hit track ‘Oh No’. Jahmenegave a rousing, soulful performance singing an Amy Winehouse classic, ‘Back to Black’, while Fuse ODG and the CEO Dancers (Britain’s Got Talent) came together in an explosive AfroBeats collaboration which had all the audience on their feet to his hit track ‘Azonto’.

The Best Newcomer in association with HTC category is always hotly anticipated and this year is no exception. The category has long provided a platform for the UK’s most exciting artists, launching the careers of NDubz, Emeli Sandé and Rita Ora to name a few.  A glimpse of this year’s nominees includes Daley, Sam Smith, Fuse ODG, Stylo G and Jahmene Douglas – a showcase of exciting and varied talent.

“This year’s 18th Anniversary Awards will be no different” says inspirational MOBO Awards founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE: “MOBO turning 18 is a huge achievement and we have some truly incredible artists on the shortlist for this year’s event.  They demonstrate the diverse range of music that is at the heart of youth culture in Britain and globally. Our aim has always been to give a platform and voice to emerging and established artists; we celebrate these artists all year round.  We’re really proud of the nominees and wish them all the best with the public vote and the show in Glasgow on October 19!”

The nominations come ahead of next month’s MOBO Awards on 19th October, which will be making their debut at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. With chart toppers, Rudimental, Australian female rapper, Iggy Azalea and three-time MOBO Award winner, Tinie Tempah already announced to perform.  Coming back to Glasgow for a third time is the result of a very successful partnership between the MOBO Organisation, EventScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and this year’s awards are set to make more noise than ever.


For more information on the awards, nominees, images and/or interview time please contact:


Katie Hunter



0207 490 3449

07850 203 811

Simone Bresi-Ando

Marketing and PR lead

MOBO organisation


020 7306 4941


Full nominations list:

Best Newcomer in association with HTC:

Best Male Act:

Best Female Act in association with Tresor Paris:

Best Video in association with SBTV:

Best UK Hip Hop/Grime:

Best Album:

Best R&B/Soul Act:

Best Song in association with PRSforMusic:

               Written by: Howard Lawrence (Disclosure), Guy Lawrence (Disclosure), Aluna Francis,

               George Reid, James Napier

               Written by: Shahid Khan (Naughty Boy), Al-Hakam El-Kaubaisy, Frobisher Mbabazi, Sam Smith,

               James Napier, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Jonny Coffer

               Written by: Rudimental, James Newman, Jonny Harris

               Written by: Richard Cowie (Wiley), Jahmaal Fyffe, Dayo Olatunji, Talay Riley

               Written by: Jermaine Scott (Wretch 32), Shakka Philip, Knox Brown

Best International Act:

Best African Act:

Best Reggae Act:

Best Jazz Act:

Best Gospel Act:

Additional information: