*It’s MOBO season again in the UK.
The 15th annual MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards show, normally held in London, is being staged in Liverpool this year on Oct. 20 with Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Eminem among the artists up for the International Award.
English rapper Tinie Tempah leads all contenders with four nominations including Best Newcomer and Best UK Act. (Watch his video below.) Plan B and Dizzee Rascal follow with three nominations each.
“We have some incredible plans for this year’s event and we’re particularly looking forward to working with the city and implementing the BeMOBO Award as a regional initiative for the first time to honor some of the region’s unsung local heroes,” said MOBO Founder and CEO Kanya King.
Below is the list of nominees:
Best Newcomer: Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Scorcher, Labrinth, Devlin
Best U.K. Act: Tinie Tempah, Jay Sean, Tinchy Stryder, Taio Cruz, Chipmunk, N-Dubz, Giggs, JLS, Roll Deep, M.I.A., Dizzee Rascal, Alexandra Burke, Sade, Plan B, Leona Lewis
Best Song: Taio Cruz ft Ke$ha – “Dirty Picture”, Tinie Tempah – “Pass Out”, N-Dubz ft Mr Hudson – “Playing With Fire”, Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang, Bang, Bang”, Professor Green ft Ed Drewett – “I Need You Tonight”
Best U.K. R&B/Soul: Sade, Natalie Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, McLean, Plan B
Best U.K. Hip Hop/Grime: Giggs, Professor Green, Skepta, Akala, Wiley
Best International Act: Drake, Alicia Keys, Jay Z, Rihanna, Eminem, Janelle Monae, Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo, Usher, Beyonce, Jason Derulo, Lil Wayne, Travie McCoy, Trey Songz