Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy… Score Big in MOBO 2024 Nominations
In a nod to the global impact of African music, Nigerian superstars Davido, Wizkid, Adekunle Gold, Asake, Rema, Ayra Starr and Burna Boy lead the nominations in the Best African category in the Music of Black Origin, MOBO 2024 nominations.
The list also includes talents from South Africa, Swaziland, and Cameroon, such as Tyla, Swaziland hitmaker Uncle Waffles, and Cameroonian American sensation Libianca, emphasizing the rich and varied musical landscape emerging from the continent.
The broader nominations list reveals a tapestry of musical genres, with artists from various backgrounds earning recognition in categories ranging from R&B/soul and hip-hop to grime, drill, and alternative music. British acts like Jorja Smith, Little Simz, and Stormzy feature prominently, demonstrating the continued influence of the UK music scene.
The Best International Act (US) category is a melting pot of global talent, with artists such as Doja Cat, Drake, Travis Scott, and Nicki Minaj receiving nominations, highlighting the cross-cultural appeal of their music.
The awards also recognize achievements in film and television, with notable performances by actors like Damson Idris and Idris Elba, along with a category celebrating the best media personalities.
In addition to individual artists, the Best Producer category acknowledges the behind-the-scenes talent shaping the music landscape, with names like P2J and Steel Banglez among those honored.
The MOBO Awards continue to be a platform that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in the music industry, reflecting the evolving nature of global music and the artists who contribute to its vibrancy. The winners of each category will be revealed at the awards ceremony.
See full nominations list below.
Best male act
Best female act
Album of the year
Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be
J Hus – Beautiful and Brutal Yard
Little Simz – No Thank You
Potter Payper – Real Back in Style
Raye – My 21st Century Blues
Stormzy – This Is What We Mean
Song of the year
Central Cee & Dave – Sprinter
J Hus – Who Told You (ft Drake)
Jorja Smith – Little Things
PinkPantheress & Ice Spice – Boy’s a Liar Pt 2
Raye & 070 Shake – Escapism
Stormzy – Hide & Seek
Video of the year
AntsLive – Number One Candidate (dir. Tom Emmerson)
Enny – No More Naija Men (dir. Otis Dominique)
Jords – Dirt in the Diamond EP1: Mobay ft Tay Iwar / Stay Close ft Kranium (dir. Renee Maria Osubu)
Little Simz – Gorilla (dir. Dave Meyers)
Stormzy – Mel Made Me Do It (dir. Klvdr)
Tion Wayne – Healing (dir. Wowa)
Best R&B/soul act
Best hip-hop act
Best grime act
Manga Saint Hilare
Best drill act
Best international act (US)
Drake & 21 Savage
Lil Uzi Vert
Best performance in a TV show/film
Adjani Salmon – Dreaming Whilst Black
Damson Idris – Snowfall
Deja J Bowens – Champion
Idris Elba – Hijack
India Amarteifio – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
John Boyega – They Cloned Tyrone
Lashana Lynch – The Woman King
Best media personality
Best African music act
Best Caribbean music act
Best jazz act
Blue Lab Beats
Best alternative music act
Alt Blk Era
Best electronic/dance act
Best gospel act