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2011 MOBO Awards nominees: Dbanj and others in, Ghana misses out!

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2011 MOBO Awards nominees: Dbanj and others in, Ghana misses out!

The nominees for the 2011 MOBO Awards have been announced at a launch ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London with runaway British sensation, Jessie J topping the list with 5 nominations.  

The 23-year-old singer is up for Best Album, Best Newcomer, Best UK Act, Best Video and Best Song. The ‘Price Tag’ swinger, who only arrived back in the U.K after her impressive performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday, “What amazing news to come home to!! 😀 wooo hooo!”

Jessie, who is set to perform at the awards ceremony in October, will be up against Adele, who has four nominations, in the Best UK Act, Best Album and Best Song categories. Speaking about her five nominations she said: “I am so honoured to be nominated. I have watched so many of the artists I look up to being nominated, winning awards and performing.”

Wretch 32 and Tinie Tempah also join Adele with four nominations each. Meanwhile Ghana missed out on the ‘ Best African Act’ category this year which saw nominations from the likes of Cheikh Lo, D’banj, Fatoumata Diawara, Liquideep, Owiny Sigoma Band, Seun Kuti, Smod, Spoek Mathambo and Vieux Farka Toure.  Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna, Snoop Dog and Bruno Mars are up for the Best International accolade.

The launch on Wednesday evening wasn’t only attended by the nominated bands but also a whole host of familiar faces from the music industry. Lauren Goodger and Lauren Pope of TOWIE were also at the launch along with Frederik Ferrier from Made In Chelsea and Jessie B from E4’s Dirty Sexy Things.

The MOBO Awards, which recognises music of black origin in the UK, will be hosted by Jason Derulo on October 5 in Glasgow.

Best UK Act

Chase & Status
Jessie J
Katy B
N – Dubz
Wretch 32
The Streets
Tinie Tempah
Best Newcomer

Alex Clare
Ed Sheeran
Emeli Sande
Jamie Woon
Jessie J
Loick Essien
Maverick Sabre
Rizzle Kicks
Wretch 32
Best Uk Hip Hop / Grime Act:

Rizzle Kicks
Tinie Tempah
Wretch 32

Best Video:

Chipmunk Ft. Chris Brown – ‘Champion’
Jessie J – ‘Do It Like A Dude’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Down With The Trumpets’
Tinchy Stryder Ft. Dappy – ‘Spaceship’
Wiley – ‘Numbers In Action’

Best International Act:

Alexis Jordan
Aloe Blacc
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green
Jason Derulo
Nicki Minaj
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Best Song:

Adele – ‘Someone Like You’
Chase & Status Ft. Tinie Tempah – ‘Hitz’
Jessie J – ‘Do It Like A Dude’
Tinie Tempah – ‘Wonderman’
Wretch 32 – ‘Traktor’

Best Album:

Adele – 21
Chase & Status – ‘No More Idols’
Jessie J – ‘Who You Are’
Katy B – ‘On A Mission’
Tinie Tempah – ‘Disc-Overy’


Best Reggae:

Damian Marley & Nas
Jah Cure

Best Jazz Act:

Denys Baptiste
Gwilym Simcock
Kairos 4tet
Matthew Halsall


Best African Act:

Cheikh Lo
Fatoumata Diawara
Owiny Sigoma Band
Seun Kuti
Spoek Mathambo
Vieux Farka Toure

Best Gospel Act:

Bobby Bovell
Four Kornerz
Junior Garr
Triple O
Best UK R&B / Soul Act:
Dionne Bromfield
Marsha Ambrosious
Mike Hough

Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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  1. Oye

    September 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

    ooh Ghana my motherland…….why?

  2. Claude

    September 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Ghana will not cause of singing always in local tongue. Who understand that!

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