Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Drake are heading up the nominations for the 2017 MOBO Awards, which celebrates the best in urban music.
Now in its 22nd year, the much-acclaimed event returns to Leeds, with this year’s ceremony taking place on Wednesday, 29 November at the Yorkshire city’s First Direct Arena. This will be the second time MOBO has hosted the awards in Leeds, following the show in 2015, which was the fastest-selling arena show in recent years.
Voting is now open for this year’s MOBO Awards. Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and Drake are among the hotly-tipped nominees in the prestigious International Artist category, while artists such as Stormzy and the recent Mercury Music Prize-winner Sampha are in contention for multiple awards in categories including Best Album and Male Act. Elsewhere, Emeli Sande, Nao and Jessie are among the big names going head to head for this year’s Female Act award.
Celebrating excellence in music since its inception in 1996, the MOBO Awards continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic and technical achievements of exceptional British and international talent in the hip-hop, grime, R&B/soul, reggae, jazz, gospel and African music.
Global artists in attendance over the years have included Janet Jackson, Diddy, Jay Z, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Usher and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few.
From the outset, MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of numerous UK artists such as Stormzy, Craig David, Rita Ora, Ms Dynamite, Krept And Konan, Kano, Section Boyz and Chip, giving them their very first big platform at the start of their journey to global success. Europe’s largest Urban Music Awards show, the 2016 MOBO Awards was also the most watched digital TV timeslot, attracting approximately one million viewers.
This year’s MOBO Awards takes place on 29 November. You can cast your votes here.