Stormzy leads MOBO Awards 2017 nominations

Stormzy

Grime artist Stormzy tops the 2017 MOBO Awards shortlist, with five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album, Best Song and Best Video.

He received his first MOBO Award for Best Grime Act in 2014, and then again 2015, alongside the Best Male accolade.

Fast forward to 2017 and Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer has topped the UK Album Chart – becoming the first grime album in history to reach number one.

According to the Official Charts Company, it’s also the biggest independent album of 2017 so far with over 220,000 sales.

Elsewhere, East London rapper J Hus has picked up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album, Best Song and Best Video.

The 21-year old MC received his first MOBO Awards recognition two years ago with a nod in the Best Newcomer category.

Common Sense, his debut album reached number six on the UK Album Charts earlier this year and features the Top 10 hit Did You See, which has also amassed over 42 million views on YouTube.

Hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith picks up three nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer.

Rising rap star Stefflon Don makes her MOBO debut with three nods in major categories for Best Female, Best Hip Hop Act and Best Newcomer.

Mercury Prize winner Sampha receives three nominations for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut Process.

This year’s MOBO Best Newcomer category is tipping 10 future stars, nominating the likes of Loyle Carner, Dave, Mabel and Mist, with Carner also picking up props in the Best Video and Best Hip-hop Act categories.

This year’s MOBO Awards will be hosted at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on 29 November.

Full list of nominees –

BEST MALE
Bugzy Malone
Chip
Dave
Giggs
J Hus
Maleek Berry
Mostack
Sampha
Skepta
Stormzy

BEST FEMALE
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Jorja Smith
Lady Leshurr
Little Simz
Mabel
Nadia Rose
NAO
Ray BLK
Stefflon Don

BEST ALBUM
J Hus – Common Sense
Nines – One Foot Out
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

BEST NEWCOMER
Dave
Jorja Smith
Kojo Funds
Lotto Boyzz
Loyle Carner
Mabel
Mist
Not3s
Stefflon Don
Yxng Bane

BEST SONG
J Hus Did You See
Kojo Funds Feat. Abra Cadabra Dun Talkin
Not3s Addison Lee
Stormzy Big For Your Boots
Yungen Feat. Yxng Bane Bestie

BEST VIDEO
Bossman Birdie Walk The Walk
J Hus Spirit
Loyle Carner The Isle Of Arran
Mist Hot Property
Stormzy Big For Your Boots

BEST HIP HOP ACT
Giggs
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Nines
Stefflon Don
Wretch 32

BEST GRIME ACT
AJ Tracey
Chip
P Money
Skepta
Stormzy
Wiley

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Craig David
Jorja Smith
NAO
Ray BLK
Sampha

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Migos
Solange Knowles
SZA
Travis Scott
Wizkid

BEST AFRICAN ACT
Davido
Eugy
Juls
Maleek Berry
Mr Eazi
Sarkodie
Tekno
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Wizkid

BEST REGGAE ACT
Aidonia
Alkaline
Chronixx
Damian Marley
Popcaan

BEST JAZZ ACT
Cleveland Watkiss
Daymé Arocena
Moses Boyd
Mr Jukes
Terrace Martin

BEST GOSPEL ACT
Lurine Cato
Mali Music
S.O.
Triple O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye