The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) have dropped the ‘Best Reggae Act’ category in favor of ‘Best Caribbean Music Act’ for its 25th anniversary in 2022.
Skillibeng is also the only Jamaican nominated for ‘Best International Act’, among Beyonce, Burna Boy, Chris Brown, Drake, Jack Harlow, Jazmine Sullivan, Kendrick Lamr, Summer Walker, and Tems.
The nominations were announced today, November 11 and the presentation will be held at the OVO Arena in London on November 30. The winner of the ‘Best Caribbean Music Act’ category will be determined by a MOBO Awards specialist committee.
Spice, Shenseea, Sean Paul and Koffee all released studio albums in 2022, while Popcaan and Skillibeng are working on new albums.
Five of the six 2022 nominees, except Spice, have a major label record deal.
Spice, Shenseea, Sean Paul, Popcaan, Skillibeng, and Lila Iké were nominated for ‘Best Reggae Act’ at the 2021 Awards.
The ‘Best Reggae Act’ Award was first issued in 1996.
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Crocodile Teeth deejay Skillibeng is a four-time nominee, as he was also nominated for ‘Best Reggae Act’ and ‘Best International Act’, last year.
It’s the third nomination for both Queen of Dancehall Spice and Grammy Award winner Koffee, while Sean Paul won the award in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2013.
Popcaan, who has now been nominated eight times, had won back-to-back, in 2015 and 2016.
Buju Banton emerged as the winner of Best Reggae Act in 2020.
Damian Marley won in 2017, before the awards went on hiatus in 2018 and 2019.
MOBO founder Kanya King CBE shared her thoughts on the anniversary and their return to London.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
She continued: “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!”
Voting for the 2022 awards is now open. Check out the full list of nominees below.
BEST PRODUCER SUPPORTED BY COMPLEX UK
BEST MALE ACT
BEST FEMALE ACT
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
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
BEST GRIME ACT
D DOUBLE E
MANGA SAINT HILARE
BEST HIP-HOP ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MIXTAPE MADNESS
BEST DRILL ACT SUPPORTED BY TRENCH
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
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
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSHALL
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT SUPPORTED BY MIXMAG
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT SUPPORTED BY AFROZONS
ADEKUNLE GOLD (NIGERIA)
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)
FIREBOY DML (NIGERIA)
KABZA DE SMALL (SOUTH AFRICA)
OMAH LAY (NIGERIA)
BEST GOSPEL ACT SUPPORTED BY PREMIER GOSPEL
BEST JAZZ ACT SUPPORTED BY JAZZ FM
BLUE LAB BEATS
EGO ELLA MAY