MOBO Awards Nominees 2009

After reading the 2009 nominations for the MOBO awards, I am no longer surprised why the UK scene becomes so stagnated so quickly. When the same old names appear most years, regardless of whether those honours actually apply in that said year, it does beg the questing, what’s the point?

Peppered with just a handleful of newbies to keep the more outspoken members of the press (such as myself) at bay – as you can see that worked terribly well – the MOBO list is about as inspiring as a Gordon Brown speech. Next year, it would be nice to see some names appear actually due to relevance and talent rather than just profile and ass-kissing.

Oh and when was Tim Westwood last relevant? No seriously, somebody please fill me in, as I have a sneaking suspicion that it may have been before my time!

So without further ado, the list of MOBO award nominees, enjoy.

BEST UK ACT
Alesha Dixon
Bashy
Beverly Knight
Chipmunk
Dizzee Rascal
DJ Ironik
Donae’o
Mr. Hudson
N-Dubz
Tinchy Stryder

BEST NEWCOMER
Alexandra Burke
Jade Ewen
JLS
Laura Izibor
Master Shortie

BEST R&B / SOUL ACT
Beverly Knight
Ciara
Jeremih
Keri Hilson
Lemar

BEST HIP HOP ACT
Chipmunk
Dizzee Rascal
Drake
Eminem
Kanye West

BEST VIDEO
‘Bonkers’ – Dizzee Rascal
‘Boy Does Nothing’ – Alesha Dixon
‘Diamond Rings’ – Chipmunk ft. Emeli Sande
‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ – Beyonce
‘Supernova’ – Mr. Hudson ft. Kanye West

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Akon
Beyonce
Ciara
Drake
Eminem
Jay Z
Kanye West
Keri Hilson
Lady Gaga
Mariah Carey

BEST SONG
‘Beat Again’ – JLS
‘Diamond Rings’ – Chipmunk ft. Emeli Sande
‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ – K.I.G. Family
‘Number One’ – Tinchy Stryder Ft. N-Dubz
‘Strong Again’ – N-Dubz

BEST ALBUM
‘808s and Heartbreaks’ – Kanye West
‘Catch 22’ – Tinchy Stryder
‘Catch Me If You Can’ – Bashy
‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ – Beyonce
‘Uncle B’ – N-Dubz

BEST REGGAE
Movado
Sean Paul
Serani
Tarrus Riley
Vybz Kartel

BEST JAZZ ACT
Diana Krall
Herbie Hancock
Madeleine Peyroux
Melody Gardot
Yolanda Brown

BEST AFRICAN ACT
Amadou and Mariam
Baaba Maal
Eidee
Femi Kuti
K’Naan
Lira
Mujava
Nneka
Oumou Sangare
Salif Kelta

BEST GOSPEL ACT
Desire to Worship God
Kiki Sheard
Mary Mary
New Direction
Victizzle

BEST DJ
Manny Norte
Masterstepz
Mistajam
Ras Kwame
Rickie & Melvin
Sarah Love
Semtex
Shortee Blitz
Steve Sutherland
DJ Target
Tim Westwood
Trevor Nelson

Am I the only one who wishes that the MOBO’s would step up their game in recognising fresh, new talent and experiemental music? Or just one of the few that is outspoken enough to call them on it?

This one’s for you Gordy 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. I cant believe Alexandra Burke gets a nomination… WHAT FOR?

  2. The DJ line up is the same as ever and WHY Only ONE female DJ on there? There are some AMAZING Female DJs the world over and the MOBOs can’t seem to find them…!

  3. I’d like to see Master Shortie get Best Newcomer, but I think JLS will nick it as another Boy Band that gets too much attention from fans who know nought about music but are all about “yeah their gorjooooos”.


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