Dave leads this year’s MOBOs nominations with five, as the awards show returns with its first live show since 2017.
Central Cee, a newcomer, comes in second with four nominations.
Arlo Parks, Ghetts, and Cleo Sol each have three, including Best Female Act and Album of the Year.
The awards, which have been honouring music of African descent since 1996, will be held on December 5 in Coventry.
Mahalia and Nines won two awards each at last year’s remote event, which was only streamed online.
With four nominations, London rapper Central Cee is off to a good start at the MOBOs.
Commitment Issues won Best Male Act and Song of the Year.
Previous winners include Stormzy, who took home three awards in 2017, and Kano, who took home best album in 2016.
Krept & Konan, Nicola Adams, Skepta, Lenny Henry, Ms Dynamite, and Sam Smith have all been honoured in recent events.
On the MOBOs website, people can now vote for who they want to win.
Cleo Sol, a soul singer, is nominated this year for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Female Act, and Album of the Year for her latest album Mother.
The MOBOs will also present their first award for Best Drill Act at this year’s ceremony.
According to the organisers, they want to “recognise the cultural and urgent force that the genre has become in recent years.”
Headie One, Tion Wayne, Unknown T, Digga D, and M1llionz are among the nominees.
“The last 20 months have been extremely difficult for artists everywhere,” Kanya King CBE, the founder and CEO of MOBO Group, explains.
“As always, we see creatives rise up and adapt, even in the face of a global pandemic.”
When will it be on?
The ceremony will take place at Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday, December 5th.
It will be live-streamed on YouTube, and a behind-the-scenes show with interviews and performances will air on BBC One.
The awards will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra, with DJ Target’s weekday shows featuring performances and interviews with this year’s nominees and winners.
The nominees in full
Best Male Act
Best Female Act
Album of the year
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
Celeste – Not Your Muse
Cleo Sol – Mother
Dave – We’re All Alone in this Together
Ghetts – Conflict of Interest
Headie One – Edna
Song of the year
A1 x J1 – Latest Trends
Central Cee – Commitment Issues
Dave featuring Stormzy – Clash
Enny featuring Amia Brave – Peng Black Girls
Pa Salieu featuring Backroad Gee – My Family
Tion Wayne and Russ Millions, Arrdee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1 (3×3), Fivio Forei & ZT (3X3) – Body (remix)
Midas the Jagaban
Video of the year
Bree Runway – Hot Hot (Directed by Jocelyn Anquetil)
Fredo featuring Dave – Money Talks (Directed by Edem Wornoo)
Little Simz featuring Cleo Sol – Woman (Directed by Little Simz)
M1llionz – Lagga (Directed by Teeeezy C)
Pa Salieu Featuring Backroad Gee – My Family (Directed by Femi Ladi)
Slowthai featuring A$AP Rocky – Mazza (Directed by The Rest)
Best R&B/soul act
Best grime act
D Double E
Best hip-hop act
Best drill act
Best international act
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Young Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna)
Best performance in a TV show/film
Ashley Thomas as Henry in Them
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in Snowfall
Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in Judas & the Black Messiah
Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-LeCointe in Small Axe
Micheal Ward as Franklyn in Small Axe
Best media personality
Chunkz & Yung Filly
Best gospel act
Maverick City Music
Best African music act
Best reggae act
Best jazz act
Blue Lab Beats
Sons of Kemet