Mobo Awards: Laura Mvula and Wiley lead nominations


Wiley and Laura Mvula

The nominees for this year's Mobo Awards have been announced.

Wiley and Laura Mvula lead the way, both appearing in four categories.

The Mobos, the Music Of Black Origin awards, were launched in 1996 by Kanya King MBE and were the first music awards event in Europe to focus on urban music.

The winners of all the categories will be announced on 19 October at Glasgow's SSE Hydro venue as Mobo celebrates its 18th anniversary.

London MC Wiley is up against the likes of Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32 for best UK hip-hop/grime act.

He is also named in the best album category for The Ascent, while his recent track Reloaded featuring Chip is nominated for best single.

The rapper's fourth nomination is in the best male category alongside acts including Disclosure, Naughty Boy and Rudimental who are all nominated for three awards.

Jessie J
Image caption Jessie J received a nomination in the best female category

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula's four nominations include ones for best album, for Sing to the Moon, and for best video for Green Garden.

Mvula, 27, is also nominated for the best R&B/soul act and is up against Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Rita Ora for best female.

X Factor winner Jahmene Douglas, Etta Bond and Sam Smith, who appeared on Disclosure's Latch, are all in the running for the best newcomer award.

As well as announcing the winners of the awards, next month's ceremony will include live performances from several artists.

The likes of Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Angel and Misha B have all performed in the past.

The best international act will be contested by artists including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z.

Other categories include best jazz, African, Gospel and reggae, which includes Sean Paul and Stylo G as nominees.

Online voting the this year's Mobos is open now.

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