Knucks, Little Simz, Digga D, Mahalia & More Among Nominees For 2022 MOBO Awards



The MOBO Awards are always a special occasion, but this year it’s an even bigger occasion. It’s been 25 years since MOBO founder Kanya King launched the award ceremony to celebrate Black British music and to celebrate, they’re returning to London to host the event at the OVO Arena Wembley.

As ever, there aren’t really any categories you could call with ease and there’s sure to be a few surprise wins on the night, but included in this year’s list of nominees are Knucks, Little Simz, Digga D, Mahalia, Miraa May, D-Block Europe, Central Cee and many, many more. There are also two new categories—Best Alternative Music Act and Best Electronic/Dance Act—featuring names such as Nova Twins, Kid Bookie, Nia Archives and SHERELLE.

Sharing her thoughts on this momentous anniversary, MOBO founder Kanya King CBE said: “It’s a proud moment to see MOBO Awards return to London for our big 25-year milestone, which will see us celebrating our legacy, as well as paying it forward to the biggest stars of the scene. 25 years ago, I put my house and sanity on the line to make the first MOBO Awards happen at the Connaught Rooms and what an incredible journey it has been.  

“MOBO continues to create a cultural and social footprint. It will continue to be an agent for positive change in arts, culture, music, and society as a whole. Via our MOBOLISE mentoring platform, we aim to truly create change, opportunities and equality in the workplace, to level the playing field at entry level all the way up to the boardroom, but there is still work to be done. Meanwhile, our 25th anniversary show will be the biggest celebration we have ever created. I want MOBO to continue being a beacon for the best talent this country has to offer. Here’s to the next 25 years!” 

With voting now open, check out the full list of nominees below.

BEST PRODUCER SUPPORTED BY COMPLEX UK 

INFLO

JAE5

LABRINTH

M1ONTHEBEAT

P2J 

TSB

BEST MALE ACT 

CENTRAL CEE

DAVE 

D-BLOCK EUROPE 

DIGGA D

KNUCKS 

TION WAYNE 

BEST FEMALE ACT 

LITTLE SIMZ 

MAHALIA 

MIRAA MAY 

MS BANKS 

PINKPANTHERESS

TIANA MAJOR9

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

AITCH – CLOSE TO HOME

KNUCKS – ALPHA PLACE

KOJEY RADICAL – REASON TO SMILE 

LITTLE SIMZ – SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT

M HUNCHO – CHASING EUPHORIA

MIRAA MAY – TALES OF A MIRACLE

SONG OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH LUCOZADE

AITCH FEAT. ASHANTI – ‘BABY’ 

CENTRAL CEE – ‘DOJA’ 

DAVE – ‘STARLIGHT’ 

DIGGA D & STILLBRICKIN – ‘PUMP 101’ 

DREYA MAC, FELIXTHE1ST & FINCH FETTI – ‘OWN BRAND (BADDIE)’ 

POTTER PAYPER FEAT. TIGGS DA AUTHOR – ‘GANGSTERITUS’

BEST NEWCOMER IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS 

AMARIA BB

BRU-C

CAT BURNS 

CLAVISH 

CRISTALE

FLO

JBEE

NEMZZZ

NIA ARCHIVES

SWITCHOTR

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

CENTRAL CEE – ‘DOJA’ (DIRECTED BY COLE BENNETT)

HEADIE ONE, ABRA CADABRA & BANDOKAY – ‘CAN’T BE US’ (DIRECTED BY HEADIE ONE & DON PROD)

KNUCKS – ‘ALPHA HOUSE/HIDE & SEEK’ (DIRECTED BY EMILE EBRAHIM KELLY)

KOJEY RADICAL FEAT. KNUCKS – ‘PAYBACK’ (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE SARSFIELD & EJIRO DAFÉ)

LITTLE SIMZ FEAT. OBONGJAYAR – ‘POINT AND KILL’ (DIRECTED BY EBENEZA BLANCHE)

MAHALIA – ‘WHATEVER SIMON SAYS’ (DIRECTED BY MAHALIA)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT 

ELLA MAI 

MAHALIA 

MIRAA MAY 

NAO 

SHAKKA 

TIANA MAJOR9

BEST GRIME ACT 

BLAY VISION 

D DOUBLE E 

FRISCO 

KAMAKAZE

MANGA SAINT HILARE 

NOVELIST 

BEST HIP-HOP ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MIXTAPE MADNESS 

D-BLOCK EUROPE 

KNUCKS 

KOJEY RADICAL 

LITTLE SIMZ 

POTTER PAYPER 

YOUNGS TEFLON 

BEST DRILL ACT SUPPORTED BY TRENCH

CENTRAL CEE

DIGGA D 

HEADIE ONE 

IVORIAN DOLL 

K-TRAP

KWENGFACE 

M24

RUSS MILLIONS 

UNKNOWN T 

V9

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT 

BEYONCÉ 

BURNA BOY 

CHRIS BROWN 

DRAKE 

JACK HARLOW 

JAZMINE SULLIVAN 

KENDRICK LAMAR 

SKILLIBENG

SUMMER WALKER 

TEMS 

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM 

DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT – SNOWFALL 

DANIEL KALUUYA AS OTIS “OJ” HAYWOOD JR. – NOPE 

JASMINE JOBSON AS JAQ – TOP BOY 

KANE ROBINSON (KANO) AS SULLY – TOP BOY 

LASHANA LYNCH AS NOMI – NO TIME TO DIE

SAMUEL ADEWUNMI AS HERO – YOU DON’T KNOW ME 

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY

BIG ZUU

CHUCKIE ONLINE

CHUNKZ 

HARRY PINERO 

KSI 

MO GILLIGAN 

MUNYA CHAWAWA 

NELLA ROSE

YUNG FILLY 

ZEZE MILLZ

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSHALL

BIG JOANIE 

BOB VYLAN 

KID BOOKIE 

LOATHE 

NOVA TWINS 

SKUNK ANANSIE 

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT SUPPORTED BY MIXMAG

ANZ

ELIZA ROSE 

FKA TWIGS 

JAX JONES

NIA ARCHIVES

SHERELLE

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT SUPPORTED BY AFROZONS 

ADEKUNLE GOLD (NIGERIA)

ASAKE (NIGERIA)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)

KABZA DE SMALL (SOUTH AFRICA)

OMAH LAY (NIGERIA)

OXLADE (NIGERIA)

PHEELZ (NIGERIA)

REMA (NIGERIA)

TEMS (NIGERIA)

BEST GOSPEL ACT SUPPORTED BY PREMIER GOSPEL 

ASHA ELIA 

CALLEDOUT MUSIC 

RACHEL KERR

REBLAH 

SARAH TEIBO 

STILL SHADEY

BEST JAZZ ACT SUPPORTED BY JAZZ FM

BLUE LAB BEATS 

DOOMCANNON

EGO ELLA MAY 

EZRA COLLECTIVE 

JAS KAYSER 

KOKOROKO

BEST CARIBBEAN MUSIC ACT 

KOFFEE

POPCAAN

SEAN PAUL 

SHENSEEA

SKILLIBENG 

SPICE



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