LONDON RAPPER and PRODUCER KNUCKS leads 2022 PACK with
UK’s BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF BLACK MUSIC ADDS TWO
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT (in association with Marshall)
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT (supported by Mixmag)
LITTLE SIMZ bags 4 NOMINATIONS: ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BEST FEMALE ACT, BEST HIP HOP ACT and VIDEO OF THE YEAR
KOJEY RADICAL bags 3 NOMINATIONS: ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BEST HIP HOP ACT and VIDEO OF THE YEAR
CENTRAL CEE scoops 4 NOMINATIONS:
SONG OF THE YEAR and VIDEO OF THE YEAR for ‘DOJA’, plus BEST MALE ACT and BEST DRILL ACT
*** FULL LIST OF 2022 NOMINEES BELOW ***
including SONG OF THE YEAR (in association with Lucozade) and
BEST NEWCOMER (in association with ASOS)
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVES at voting.mobo.com
MOBO BRINGS THE PARTY BACK TO LONDON ON 30 NOVEMBER,
LIVE FROM OVO ARENA WEMBLEY
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HOSTS and SUPERSTAR PERFORMERS TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON
Friday 11 November, 11.05AM GMT: The MOBO Awards in association with Lucozade has announced its 2022 nominees ahead of the triumphant 25th anniversary celebration on 30 November 2022. The UK’s biggest and most prestigious celebration of black music is coming to you live from the OVO Arena Wembley. Tickets are available now at mobo.com/tickets.
Acclaimed London rapper and producer Knucks leads this year’s list with 5 nominations: Album of The Year for “Alpha Place”, Best Male Act, Best Hip Hop Act (in association with Mixtape Madness), and two Video of The Year (in association with McCrispy) nods – for his single ‘Alpha House/Hide & Seek’ and as a feature artist on Kojey Radical’s ‘Payback’. Hailed by British GQ as “Britain’s most progressive rapper”, Knucks’ decade-long rise to UK rap elite status has been a journey marked with consistency and his contemporary flair of blending rap and jazz.
Almost 12 months after taking home MOBO’s Best Female Act, Little Simz rounds up her most decorated year by scooping 4 MOBO nominations: Album of The Year for her critically-acclaimed “Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert”, Best Female Act, Best Hip Hop Act (in association with Mixtape Madness) and Video of the Year (in association with McCrispy) for ‘Point And Kill’ featuring Obongjayar.
Arguably the most buzzed-about Drill MC of the year, Central Cee, picks up four MOBO nominations: Best Male Act, Best Drill Act (supported by Trench), Song of The Year (in association with Lucozade) and Video of The Year (in association with McCrispy) for ‘Doja’. The 24-year old rising star – tipped by MOBO last year with his first award nominations – won MOBO Best Newcomer and the inaugural MOBO Best Drill Act in 2021. Elsewhere in Drill, Ivorian Doll becomes the first female artist to be nominated for Best Drill Act (supported by Trench).
TWO NEW MUSIC CATEGORIES ADDED TO MOBO AWARDS!
For a quarter of a century, MOBO has been proudly celebrating and elevating black music in the UK. Its 25-year legacy has seen MOBO have a pivotal role in supporting the growth of British black music on a global scale, championing homegrown talent, and setting the standard in Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Grime, Drill, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, Garage, Drum & Bass and beyond.
This year, MOBO is proud to welcome two new categories in acknowledgement of the breadth and depth of music of black origin: Best Alternative Music Act (in association with Marshall) and Best Dance/Electronic Act (supported by Mixmag).
The Best Alternative Music Act category is in recognition of artists who identify as indie, rock, punk or alternative as their primary genre; while the Best Dance/Electronic Act category recognises artists who perform music within the genres of Jungle, Drum & Bass, House, Techno, Afro House, Amapiano, Dubstep, Garage, Disco, Electro, Dance-pop.
*** FULL LIST OF ALL 2022 NOMINEES BELOW ***
Winners will be revealed on 30 November
Since its inaugural ceremony in 1996 at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, the MOBO Awards has become a calendar staple in the UK and its iconic trophy now one of highest accolades in music. In recent years, it has honoured trailblazers and exceptional homegrown talent like Dave, Little Simz, Skepta, Ghetts, Headie One, Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Central Cee, Aitch, Ella Mai and more. Recognising its unique position in Black British popular culture, MOBO in recent years have also expanded beyond music to celebrate talent in the arts and media. It awarded an Inspiration Award to acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen, Best Media Personality to Chunkz and Yung Filly, and Best Performance In A TV Show/Film to Micheal Ward at last year’s ceremony.
MOBO Founder Kanya King CBE said: “Today's announcement truly shows what a bumper year it has been for the scene. It’s a proud moment to see MOBO once again recognise and honour the luminaries and tip the stars of the future. This is what it means when we say ‘honouring the past, inspiring the future’. Big congratulations to all our nominees and thanks to our headline partner Lucozade. A special mention to ASOS, Marshall and all our other partners. We are proud to announce the addition of two new categories to recognise the breadth of black culture’s impact on a variety of music genres and welcome more rising stars, ahead of what will be a truly unmissable celebration of our 25 years.”
MOBO AWARDS 2022 NOMINEES
BEST MALE ACT
BEST FEMALE ACT
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
AITCH - 'CLOSE TO HOME'
KNUCKS - 'ALPHA PLACE'
KOJEY RADICAL - 'REASON TO SMILE'
LITTLE SIMZ - 'SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT'
M HUNCHO - 'CHASING EUPHORIA'
MIRAA MAY - 'TALES OF A MIRACLE'
SONG OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH LUCOZADE - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
AITCH FEAT. ASHANTI - 'BABY'
CENTRAL CEE - 'DOJA'
DAVE - 'STARLIGHT'
DIGGA D & STILLBRICKIN - 'PUMP 101'
DREYA MAC, FELIXTHE1ST & FINCH FETTI - 'OWN BRAND (BADDIE)'
POTTER PAYPER FEAT. TIGGS DA AUTHOR - 'GANGSTERITUS'
BEST NEWCOMER IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
VIDEO OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH MCCRISPY - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
CENTRAL CEE - 'DOJA' (DIRECTED BY COLE BENNETT)
HEADIE ONE, ABRA CADABRA & BANDOKAY - 'CAN'T BE US' (DIRECTED BY HEADIE ONE & DON PROD)
KNUCKS - 'ALPHA HOUSE/HIDE & SEEK' (DIRECTED BY EMILE EBRAHIM KELLY)
KOJEY RADICAL FEAT. KNUCKS - 'PAYBACK' (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE SARSFIELD & EJIRO DAFÉ)
LITTLE SIMZ FEAT. OBONGJAYAR - 'POINT AND KILL' (DIRECTED BY EBENEZA BLANCHE)
MAHALIA - 'WHATEVER SIMON SAYS' (DIRECTED BY MAHALIA)
BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
BEST GRIME ACT - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
D DOUBLE E
MANGA SAINT HILARE
BEST HIP HOP ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MIXTAPE MADNESS
BEST DRILL ACT SUPPORTED BY TRENCH - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT - SNOWFALL
DANIEL KALUUYA AS OTIS "OJ" HAYWOOD JR. - NOPE
JASMINE JOBSON AS JAQ - TOP BOY
KANE ROBINSON (KANO) AS SULLY - TOP BOY
LASHANA LYNCH AS NOMI - NO TIME TO DIE
SAMUEL ADEWUNMI AS HERO - YOU DON'T KNOW ME
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSHALL
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT SUPPORTED BY MIXMAG
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT SUPPORTED BY AFROZONS - [PUBLIC VOTED CATEGORY]
ADEKUNLE GOLD (NIGERIA)
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)
FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)
KABZA DE SMALL (SOUTH AFRICA)
OMAH LAY (NIGERIA)
BEST GOSPEL ACT SUPPORTED BY PREMIER GOSPEL
BEST JAZZ ACT SUPPORTED BY JAZZ FM
BLUE LAB BEATS
EGO ELLA MAY
BEST CARIBBEAN MUSIC ACT
BEST PRODUCER SUPPORTED BY COMPLEX UK
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