MOBOs 2022 | Knucks leads the way among nominees for this year’s awards

Rapper and producer Knucks leads the way for this year’s MOBO Awards nominees, which also includes Little Simz, Nova Twins and Kojey Radical.

Knucks

The MOBO Awards, which celebrates “music of Black origin”, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Following the release of his debut album, ALPHA PLACE, earlier this year, North London rapper and producer Knucks tops the billing with five nominations, including for Album Of The Year and Best Male Act.

Mercury Prize-winner Little Simz and Shepherd’s Bush’s Central Cee closely follow with four nominations each.

The awards this year will also feature two new categories: Best Alternative Music Act and Best Electronic/Dance Act. Rock duo Nova Twins, also nominated at this year’s Mercury awards, are up for the former, whilst FKA Twigs and Nia Archives are among those hoping to lay claim to the latter.

Little Simz

Little Simz won the Mercury Prize earlier this year.

Beyoncé, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, meanwhile, have all been nominated for the Best International act.

The live ceremony will be held at the end of this month, on 30 November, at the OVO Arena Wembley. Anyhow, enough of me babbling on. Here’s the list of nominees in full:

Best male act

Central Cee

Dave

D-Block Europe

Digga D

Knucks

Tion Wayne

Dave performing

Dave

Best female act

Little Simz

Mahalia

Miraa May

Ms Banks

PinkPantheress

Tiana Major9

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

Kojey Radical

Photo: Giulia Spadafora. Kojey Radical performing at FORWARDS Festival in Bristol.

Song of the year

Aitch feat Ashanti – Baby

Central Cee – Doja

Dave – Starlight

Digga D & Stillbrickin – Pump 1010

Dreya Mac, Felixthe1st & Finch Fetti – Own Brand (Baddie)

Potter Payper feat Tiggs Da Author – Gangsteritus

Best newcomer

AMARIA BB

Bru-C

Cat Burns

Clavish

Cristale

Flo

Jbee

Nemzzz

Nia Archives

SwitchOTR

Cat Burns

Cat Burns

Video of the year

Central Cee – Doja (directed by Cole Bennett)

Headie One, Abra Cadabra & Bandokay – Can’t Be Us (directed by Headie One and Don Prod)

Knucks – Alpha House/Hide & Seek (directed by Emile Ebrahim Kelly)

Kojey Radical feat. Knucks – Payback (directed by Charlie Sarsfield and 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

Ella Mai

Mahalia

Miraa May

Nao

Shakka

Tiana Major9

Best grime act

Blay vision

D Double E

Frisco

Kamakaze

Manga Saint Hilare

Novelist

Best Hip Hop act

D-Block Europe

Knucks

Kojey Radical

Little Simz

Potter Payper

Youngs Teflon

Best drill act

Central Cee

Digga D

Headie One

Ivorian Doll

K-Trap

Kwengface

M24

Russ Millions

Unknown T

V9

Central Cee 23

Central Cee

Best international act

Beyoncé

Burna Boy

Chris Brown

Drake

Jack Harlow

Jazmine Sullivan

Kendrick Lamar

Skillibeng

Summer Walker

Tems

Best performance in a TV show/film

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

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

Best media personality

Big Zuu

Chuckie Online

Chunkz

Harry Pinero

KSI

Mo Gilligan

Munya Chawawa

Nella Rose

Yung Filly

Zeze Millz

Best alternative music act

Big Joanie

Bob Vylan

Kid Bookie

Loathe

Nova Twins

Skunk Anansie

Nova Twins

Nova Twins

Best electronic/dance act

Anz

Eliza Rose

FKA Twigs

Jax Jones

Nia Archives

Sherelle

Best African music act

Adekunle Gold (Nigeria)

Asake (Nigeria)

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Fireboy DML (Nigeria)

Kabza De Small (South Africa)

Omah Lay (Nigeria)

Oxlade (Nigeria)

Pheelz (Nigeria)

Rema (Nigeria)

Tems (Nigeria)

Burna Boy

Burna Boy

Best gospel act

Asha Elia

Calledout Music

Rachel Kerr

Reblah

Sarah Teibo

Still Shadey

Best jazz act

Blue Lab Beats

Doomcannon

Ego Ella May

Ezra Collective

Jas Kayser

Kokoroko

Best Caribbean music act

Koffee

Popcaan

Sean Paul

Shenseea

Skillibeng

Spice

Ezra Collective

Ezra Collective

Best producer

Inflo

Jae5

Labrinth

M1onthebeat

P2J

TSB


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