In celebration of black music and entertainment, the UK’s annual Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards will return for its 25th anniversary on November 30 at the OVO Arena in London as it honours musicians across genres such as hip hop, R&B, reggae, jazz, and African music.
This year’s awards ceremony will see the introduction of two new genres, Best Alternative Act and Best Dance/Electronic Act, while the Best Reggae Act category has been replaced with Best Caribbean Music Act. Two-time MOBO winner Popcaan has once again been nominated and will be joined by his fellow Jamaican entertainers Koffee, Skillibeng, Sean Paul, Shenseea, and Spice, who were also nominated for Best Caribbean Music Act. Popcaan previously received two MOBO wins for the Best Reggae Act in 2015 and 2016 and received nominations for the same category in 2020 alongside Koffee, Lila Iké, Protoje, and Buju Banton, who was dubbed the winner.
Skillibeng received his first MOBO nominations in 2021 for both the Best Reggae Act and the Best International Act categories. Receiving his second nomination for the Best International Act this year, the Crocodile Teeth deejay will be up against musical giants Beyonce, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Burna Boy, who was also nominated for the Best African Music Act. Veteran dancehall artiste Saul Paul, who has been nominated a number of times for the MOBOs, has successfully secured six titles, while Shenseea made history in 2021 as the first woman to win the MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act after receiving her first nomination.
MOBO announced this year’s nominations on Friday via the award’s official Twitter page. See the post below: