50 Cent, Shaggy, Kano and Craig David head stellar line-up – 2007 Mobo Awards on the BBC
The 12th annual Mobo Awards will broadcast on BBC Three from the O2 Arena on Wednesday 19 September.
Hosted by platinum-selling reggae artist Shaggy and British R'n'B star Jamelia, the star-studded awards ceremony will feature performances from Shaggy, Mutya Buena, Kano and Craig David, plus top American talent 50 Cent, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke, and more acts still to be announced.
BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra BBC will bring reports, news and updates – both in the build up to the awards, and on the evening itself – and BBC One will broadcast the edited show on Friday 21 September. This is the fourth year that the BBC has exclusively broadcast the awards.
Mobo celebrates the very best of urban music, both national and international. Amy Winehouse is in the running for a staggering four Mobo Awards, as is fellow Brit Dizzee Rascal. Other nominees include 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mutya Buena, Rihanna, Akon, Corinne Bailey Rae, Joss Stone and Lemar.
Joining the hosts will be celebrity presenters including Monty Panesar, Erin O'Connor, Levi Roots, Cathy Tyson, Angellica Bell, Quentin Tarantino, Diane Parish, Tiana Benjamin and Will Johnson.
Full information on the Mobo Awards is available at www.mobo.com.
Ne-Yo; Robin Thicke; T-Pain and Yung Joc; Kano and Craig David; and Shaggy will all perform for the crowd of fans, media, celebrities and industry figures.
50 Cent: One of the biggest selling rap artists in the world – 50 Cent's albums Get Rich Or Die Tryin and The Massacre both went multi–platinum exceeding sales of 20million records worldwide. The superstar rapper's third album Curtis includes production from Dr Dre, Eminem and Timbaland; guests include Eminem, Mary J Blige, Justin Timberlake, Akon and more.
Mutya Buena: Former Sugababe Mutya Buena has emerged as a solo artist into one of the strongest new talents in the UK. Her debut album Real Girl, released in June 2007, entered the charts at number ten and features collaborations with Amy Winehouse, George Michael and Groove Armada.
Ne-Yo: New album Because Of You confirmed Ne-Yo as one of America's brightest stars. Signed to the Def Jam label he has also written songs for Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, as well as smash hit Irreplaceable for Beyonce. He is currently working with Britney Spears on her comeback.
Robin Thicke: Latest album The Evolution Of Robin Thicke cemented Robin's position as the modern star of blue-eyed soul. A commercial and critical success the album features collaborations with Pharrell, Busta Rhymes and Faith Evans. His latest musical partnership is with superstar 50 Cent.
T-Pain and Yung Joc: Two of America's hottest rappers, signed to Akon's Konvict music label and P Diddy's Bad Boy South respectively, team up for their hit Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin').
Kano and Craig David: Brit favourites Kano and Craig David are set to perform their first collaboration, forthcoming sure–fire hit This Is The Girl. Kano is this year nominated for two Mobo awards.
Shaggy: Shaggy will be performing a medley of hits with a stunning stage set, more details to be announced.
The Mobo Awards, Wednesday 19 September 2007,
8.00-10.00pm, BBC Three
The Mobo Awards, Friday 21 September, 11.35pm-1.05am, BBC One (edited show)