Mobo Awards: Emeli Sandé and Plan B up for five prizes


Emile Sandé

Emeli Sandé and Plan B are the most nominated artists for this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards.

The pair received five nominations each although neither attended the launch event in central London.

The 25-year-old Scottish singer has been recognized in the Best Female, Best Song and Best Video categories.

While Plan B is nominated for Best Male, Best Album and Best Hip-Hop/Grime act.

Speaking at the nominations event, Tulisa - who is nominated alongside Sandé in the Best Female category - said she was thrilled to be recognised:

"Being in N Dubz the Mobos was like the biggest opening part of our career when we won Best Newcomer (2007).

"To this day I always say no-one can even begin to understand how much that meant to us."

Image caption X Factor judge Tulisa has been nominated in the Best Female category

The Mobos, which celebrate urban music in the UK, are now in their 17th year and will be held at Liverpool's Echo Arena on 3 November.

'Wicked couple of weeks'

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated in the Best Newcomer and Best Female categories.

"It's a real honour to be nominated for any awards. It's been a wicked couple of weeks. I am really chuffed."

Last week she was also shortlisted for this year's Mercury Music Prize.

"I've always watched the Mobos and respected people that have been nominated like Amy Winehouse," she added.

Other nominees include Labrinth, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora.

Azealia Banks, Beyoncé, Drake, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Nas, Frank Ocean and Kanye West have all been selected for the Best International category.

In the past, the awards have seen appearances from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Amy Winehouse.

Jessie J was the big winner at last year's Mobos.

She won four prizes, including best album for her debut Who You Are and best song for Do It Like A Dude.

Last year's event took place in Glasgow and will return to Scotland in 2013 and 2015 as part of a three-year deal to host the show.