MOBO Nominations 2008

The 13th annual MOBO Awards will take place at Wembley Arena in London on Wednesday 15th October. Spice Girl Mel B will co-host the awards alongside Rev Run, founding member of iconic hip hop outfit Run DMC.

And the nominees are…

Best UK Female Best UK Male

Adele Dizzee Rascal

Duffy Jay Sean

Estelle Sway

Leona Lewis Taio Cruz

M.I.A. Wiley

Best UK Newcomer Best International Act

Bryn Christopher Akon

Chipmunk Alicia Keys

DJ Ironik Chris Brown

Skepta Jay Z

T2 Kanye West

Mariah Carey

Mary J Blige




Best Reggae Best Jazz

Beenie Man Courtney Pine

Busy Signal GuyBarker

Etana Lizz Wright

Mavado Tony Kofi

Tarrus Riley Yolanda Brown

Best Gospel Best African Act

Ekklesia 9ice

GreenJade Asa

Jahaziel D’Banj Mo Hits Allstars

Kirk Franklin Faze

Tye Tribbett Hip Hop Pantsula


Jua Cali

Magic System



Best Song Best R&B / Soul

‘American Boy’ – Estelle Chris Brown

‘Dance Wiv Me’ – Dizzee Rascal Estelle

‘Lollipop’ – Lil ‘ Wayne Jay Sean

‘Low’ – Flo Rida Ne-Yo

‘Wearing My Rolex’ – Wiley Usher

Best Hip Hop

Dizzee Rascal


Lil’ Wayne

Lupe Fiasco


Best Video in association with MTV Base

‘Kidulthood to Adulthood’ – Bashy

“American Boy’ – Estelle

‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis

Stryderman’ – Tinchy Stryder

‘Heartbreaker – Will.i.am

Best Album

‘As I Am’ – Alicia Keys

‘Shine’ – Estelle

‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis

‘The Carter III’ – Lil’ Wayne

‘Here I Stand’ – Usher

Best Radio DJ in association with Sony Ericsson

DJ 279

Ace and Invisible



Robbo Ranx


Shortee Blitz

Steve Sutherland

Tim Westwood

Trevor Nelson

The UK public can vote for their favourite nominees on the MOBO website to decide the ultimate winners: www.mobo.com

www.wembleyarena.co.uk www.seetickets.com


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Epps, Oh My

Two chances to catch Atlanta-based soul chica (and MC) Stacy Epps live in London this week, promoting her debut album The Awakening. [click flyers to enlarge]

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Kanye – A Good Ass Job?

Congratulations to Erykah Badu on her win at the MTV Video Music Awards in LA yesterday – she scooped Best Direction for the ‘Honey‘ video.

There were also wins for Gnarls Barkley (‘Run‘ – Best Cinematography & Best Choreography) and Kanye West (‘Good Life‘ – Best Special Effects). Click to view full winner’s list.

The ceremony will be broadcast in the UK tonight by MTV at 9pm BST.

Check out KanYe‘s performance of ‘Love Lockdown‘, reportedly the new single from his forthcoming album A Good Ass Job:

Job well done?

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Ola Onabule @ Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, London

Born in the UK but raised in his parents’ home country of Nigeria, an early exposure to James Brown in concert convinced Ola Onabule that he wanted to be a singer.

Pursuing this ambition has seen him onstage alongside artists such as George Michael, Joe Zawinul, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight.

He released his sixth studio album, The Devoured Man, in 2007 on Rugged Ram Records, which he set up himself to put out his material.

A passionate singer and songwriter, his strong yet sensitive vocals are bolstered by an incredible four octave range and are often influenced by hints of his African roots.

Random trivia: Ola Onabule performed at the David & Victoria Beckhams’ wedding!?

Catch the smooth London soul singer with 6 albums under his belt live at Ronnie Scott’s (London) next week – September 11th, 12th & 13th.

Tickets are £20, £26, and £36. www.ronniescotts.co.uk


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Words (and video)

Georgia soul sanger Anthony David‘s duet with India Arie ‘Words’ – was always a standout track on his second album The Red Clay Chronicles. Spine-tingling vocals and honest lyrics, India and Acey are fire together. We’re so bloody pleased it’s been made a single. See the video:

Catch Anthony David at Erro‘s concert in London’s Indig02 next month, October 4th. No doubt he’ll be performing material from his new album Acey Duecy (out now on Universal Republic).

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