Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi up for MOBO Award

Organisers of the annual Music of Black Origin Awards (popularly known as the MOBO Awards) have released a list of nominees for the 2016 edition.

Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi
Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi

The category for Best African Act sees Ghanaian artists Eugy, Mr Eazi and Mista Silva nab nominations. The category is dominated by Nigerians artists including Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, and Tekno Miles.

By 17 October, however, the list of nominees in this category will be reduced to five finalists. The category has been won three times in a row by the Ghanaian artist Fuse ODG, who is based in the UK. 

Mr Eazi, the Nigerian-born artist based in Ghana, has had a great year, receiving several awards and nominations since he was barred from the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards early this year.

Tiwa Savage released a critically acclaimed sophomore album RED late last year. Olamide is expected to release his sixth solo album before the year ends. And Tekno has extended his hits-only streak with the song 'Pana'. He is said to be at work on his debut album.

The forthcoming event, scheduled for 4 November, is the 21st anniversary of the MOBOs. The ceremony proper will be held in Glasgow in the UK at the SSE Hydro. It will be broadcast live on ITV 2, and repeated on ITV.

Full list of nominees below:


BEST MALE ACT

  • Craig David
  • Kano
  • Skepta
  • Tinie Tempah
  • Stormzy

BEST FEMALE ACT 

  • Lady Leshurr
  • Katy B
  • Laura Mvula
  • Little Simz
  • Nao

BEST NEWCOMER 

  • 67
  • AJ Tracey
  • Avelino
  • Izzy Bizu
  • Mostack
  • Kojey Radical
  • Nadia Rose
  • Ray Blk
  • Anne-Marie
  • WSTRN

BEST ALBUM 

  • Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
  • Giggs – Landlord
  • Kano – Made In The Manor
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • Skepta – Konnichiwa

BEST HIP HOP ACT 

  • Giggs
  • Section Boyz
  • Little Simz
  • Fekky
  • Wretch 32

BEST SONG 

  • Craig David Feat. Big Narstie “When The Bassline Drops” (Produced by White N3rd)
  • Kano Feat. Giggs & Wiley “3 Wheel-Ups” (Produced by Swifta Beater)
  • Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson “Girls Like” (Produced by KDA)
  • WSTRN “In2” (Produced by PRGRSHN for PARALLEL)
  • Jorja Smith “Blue Lights” (Produced by Joice)
  • Naughty Boy Feat. Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin “Runnin’” (Produced by Naughty Boy)
  • Abra Cadabra Feat. Krept & Konan "Robbery (Remix)" (Produced by Yamaica)
  • Chase & Status Feat. Frisco “Funny” (Produced by Chase & Status)
  • Ghetts – “You Dun Know Already” (Produced by Sir Spyro)
  • M.O “Who Do You Think Of” (Produced by Fred Gibson)
  • J.Hus "Friendly" (Produced by J5)
  • Lethal Bizzle “Wobble” (Produced by Diztortion)

BEST VIDEO

  • Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman  (Directed by Alex Southam)
  • Kojey Radical – Footsteps  (Directed by The Rest)
  • M.I.A – Borders  (Directed by M.I.A)
  • Nadia Rose – Skwod (Directed by Reece Proctol)
  • Bugzy Malone – Moving  (Directed by Bugzy Malone)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

  • Nao
  • James Blake
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Laura Mvula
  • Shakka 

BEST GRIME ACT

  • AJ Tracey
  • Kano
  • Chip
  • Skepta
  • Stormzy

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT 

(This category will be reduced to 5 final nominees on 17 October) 

  • Anderson. Paak
  • Beyoncé
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Chance The Rapper
  • Drake
  • Frank Ocean
  • Kanye West
  • Kaytranada
  • PARTYNEXTDOOR
  • Rihanna
  • Justin Bieber
  • Tory Lanez
  • DJ Khaled
  • Major Lazer
  • Travis Scott

BEST JAZZ ACT

  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Bill Laurance
  • Michael Janisch
  • Jacob Collier
  • Cory Henry 

BEST GOSPEL ACT

  • Guvna B
  • Volney Morgan & New-Ye
  • Sarah Teibo
  • S.O
  • Andrew Bello

BEST REGGAE ACT 

  • Popcaan
  • Alkaline
  • Spice
  • Protoje
  • Kranium 

BEST AFRICAN ACT 

(This category will be reduced to 5 final nominees on 17 October)

  • Mr Eazi
  • WizKid
  • Moelogo
  • Tekno Miles
  • Tiwa Savage
  • Yemi Alade
  • Olamide
  • Mista Silva
  • Eugy
  • Kwamz & Flava

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