The MOBO Awards Roll Into Town. The Nominations Are Announced.

MOBO 2012

MOBO 2012

Freddie Matthews writes from London: First, it was the Mercury Music Prize nominations last week and now this week the nominations for the 17th Annual MOBO Awards have been announced.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 3, at the Echo Arena Liverpool, in case you have a busy schedule and have to plan watching the box as far ahead as that. 

© Stirring Trouble Internationally Google+ Fresh from her performances at the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, the amazing Emeli Sandé has been nominated in five categories for this year’s awards: Best Female, Best Video for My Kind Of Love, Best R&B/Soul, Best Song for Next To Me and Best Album for Our Version Of Events. If you remember, which you probabaly don’t, she also won the Critics’ Choice at the 2012 BRIT awards 7 months ago. It just shows that those critics really knew what they were talking about.

However, matching Sandé with another five nominations is Plan B or Ben Drew and he’s up for Best Male, Best Hip-Hop/Grime, Best Song as well as Best Video and Best Album for Ill Manors.
Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Just one nomination behind, Rita Ora also leads the way in four categories including Best Newcomer, Best Female, Best Video featuring Tinie Tempah for R.I.P and Best Album for her debut LP, Ora. London rapper Labrinth equals Ora with four nominations for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul, Best Song featuring Tinie Tempah for Earthquake and Best Album for Electronic Earth.

The Best International Act category includes Azealia Banks, Beyoncé, Drake, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross and Rihanna vying for the honour. Other artists forming the list of MOBO awards nominations 2012 are: Jessie J;
Jessie Ware;
Rebecca Ferguson;
Tulisa; Rudimental;
Lianne La Havas;
 Conor Maynard;
Misha B;
Ed Sheeran; Professor Green;
Rizzle Kicks; Wretch 32; Maverick Sabre; Azealia Banks;
Drake; Frank Ocean; Rick Ross;
 Michael Kiwanuka; Fatoumata;
P Square; Mariam and the list goes on and on.

What’s so special about the MOBO Awards anyway? MOBO stands for Music Of Black Origin and is held annually in the UK to recognise artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music. The first MOBO Awards were held in 1996.

I understand the idea behind the MOBO Awards but don’t think that idea has truly been adhered to. When you create something so definitive, shouldn’t sticking to the rules be a prerequisite?

Dizzee Rascal

Yes, the likes of Tina Turner, Dizzee Rascal, Dionne Warwick and 50 Cent will always be authentic winners but how did the likes of Justin Timberlake, Mick Hucknall, The Streets and Amy Winehouse win?

Understandably, Amy’s was an award and special tribute on her unexpected death in 2011. However back to the point and this is a music industry award ceremony for Music Of Black Origin, so where’s the justification for Adele’s award in 2011?

This very concept has become ridiculous and dangerously divisive, as the MOBO Awards have encouraged music fans to see discrimination and racism where there is none. By rights we should also have the following:

The MOWO Awards – Music Of White Origin

The MOMO Awards – Music Of Male Origin

The MOGO Awards – Music Of Ginger Origin

The MOFO Awards – Music Of Female Origin

The MODO Awards – Music Of Dwarf Origin

Where will it end? How about Morrissey from The Smiths starting the MODO Awards, better known as Music Of Depressing Origin.

A final resting place for all the emotional, heartstring pulling, ballad crap normally residing in the rubbish bin.

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Music of Black Origin Awards

Music of Black Origin Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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