This year’s MOBO Awards will feature the launch of a new award category, recognizing artists from across the electronic music world.
After years of lobbying for the awards show to recognize the talent of black artists outside of pop, R&B and hip-hop, the introduction of the Best Electronic/Dance Act, in partnership with Mixmag, will coincide with the 25th anniversary edition of MOBOs. .
The nominees for the very first prize are Anz, Eliza Rose, FKA twigs, Jax Jones, Nia Archives and SHERELLE.
This year’s show, which takes place at the OVO Arena Wembley in London on November 30, will also reward black artists from the alternative music scene, with nods in this category to artists like Nova Twins and Skunk Anansie.
Founded in 1996, the MOBO Awards are a celebration of black music and artists. Other existing genre categories cover gospel, jazz, and reggae.
London-based rapper and producer Knucks leads the way in this year’s nominees, with nominations for Album of the Year, Best Male Act, Best Hip-Hop Act and two nominations for Video of the Year.
After winning Best Female Act last year, Little Simz picked up four nominations this year, for Album of the Year, Best Female Act, Best Hip-Hop Act and Video of the Year. . Central Cee also has four nominations for Best Male Act, Best Drill Act, Song of the Year and Video of the Year.
In a statement, MOBO Founder Kanya King said, “Today’s announcement truly shows just how great this year has been for the scene. It’s a proud moment to see MOBO recognize and Honoring the luminaries again and tipping the stars of the future is what it means when we say “honoring the past by inspiring the future”.
“We are proud to announce the addition of two new categories to recognize the magnitude of the impact of black culture on a variety of musical genres and to welcome more rising stars ahead of what will be a truly unmissable celebration of our 25 years.”
In addition to being among the nominees for MOBO’s inaugural Best Electronic/Dance Act, Nia Archives became the first electronic music group to be named BBC Introducing Artist of the Year earlier this week.
Revisit DJ Mag coverage of MOBO-nominated SHERELLE, from 2020, here.