The MOBO Awards 2020: Full nominees list, performers, how to watch & more

7 December 2020, 15:11 | Updated: 9 December 2020, 15:57

The MOBO Awards 2020: Full nominees list, performers, how to watch & more.
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The MOBO Awards are back! See the full nomination list and categories here.

The MOBO Awards are officially back after a three year hiatus.

After Kanya King launched the show in 1996, the last ceremony took place in 2017, with Stormzy winning the award for best album for his debut effort Gang Signs & Prayer.

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Fans of the show were left disappointed after show organisers announced that it would not be taking place the following year, with no show being held in 2019 either.

However, fast-forward to 2020, and the MOBO Awards are finally returning to our screens, albeit virtually, with Maya Jama and Chunkz hosting the ceremony.

And if that wasn't exciting enough, King has promised a huge return for the live show at Wembley Arena in 2021.

  1. When are The MOBO Awards 2020?

    MOBO Awards are returning to our screens on December 9th.

    After a 3 year hiatus, the beloved show celebrating music of Black origin will be returning virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. How can I watch The MOBO Awards 2020?

    The MOBO Awards 2020 will be streamed on YouTube at 7.00PM GMT on Wednesday 9th December.

    The show will be fully broadcasted on BBC One at 10.45PM GMT with a highlights special available on BBC iPlayer on the night.

  3. Who are the nominees? What are the categories?

    BEST MALE ACT

    HEADIE ONE

    J HUS

    STORMZY

    NINES

    AJ TRACEY

    YOUNG T & BUGSEY

    BEST FEMALE ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISAWITFIRST)

    LIANNE LA HAVAS

    MS BANKS

    TIANA MAJOR 9

    MAHALIA

    DARKOO

    FKA TWIGS

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    J HUS – ‘BIG CONSPIRACY’

    STORMZY – ‘HEAVY IS THE HEAD’

    MAHALIA – ‘LOVE AND COMPROMISE’

    NINES – ‘CRABS IN A BUCKET’

    LIANNE LA HAVAS – ‘LIANNE LA HAVAS’

    SONG OF THE YEAR [PUBLIC VOTED]

    YOUNG T & BUGSEY FEAT. HEADIE ONE – ‘DON’T RUSH’

    DIGGA D – ‘WOI’

    DARKOO FEAT. ONE ACEN - ‘GANGSTA’

    TION WAYNE FEAT. STORMZY & DUTCHAVELLI – ‘I DUNNO’

    ABRA CADABRA – ‘ON DECK’

    BEST NEWCOMER (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND )[PUBLIC VOTED]

    AITCH

    ALICAÌ HARLEY

    DARKOO

    DUTCHAVELLI

    IVORIAN DOLL

    M1LLIONZ

    MIRAA MAY

    PA SALIEU

    SHAYBO

    TIANA MAJOR 9

    M HUNCHO

    LOSKI

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR

    BREE RUNWAY – ‘APESHIT’ (DIRECTED BY WILL HOOPER)

    NINES – ‘CLOUT’ (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE DI PLACIDO)

    NSG – ‘LUPITA’ (DIRECTED BY KEVIN HUDSON)

    JORJA SMITH – ‘BY ANY MEANS’ (DIRECTED BY OTIS DOMINIQUE)

    KNUCKS – ‘HOME’ (DIRECTED BY RAY FIASCO)

    KOJEY RADICAL – ‘20/20’ (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE DI PLACIDO)

    BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

    WSTRN

    TIANA MAJOR 9

    MICHAEL KIWANUKA

    MAHALIA

    LIANNE LA HAVAS

    BEST HIP HOP ACT
    J HUS

    NINES

    MS BANKS

    D-BLOCK EUROPE

    KREPT & KONAN

    POTTER PAYPER

    BEST GRIME ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]

    GHETTS

    P MONEY

    MANGA SAINT HILARE

    CAPO LEE

    JME

    BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]

    BURNA BOY

    DRAKE

    KOFFEE

    MEGAN THEE STALLION

    POP SMOKE

    POPCAAN

    RODDY RICCH

    REMA

    SHENSEEA

    SUMMER WALKER

    H.E.R

    LIL BABY

    BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM [PUBLIC VOTED]

    KANE ROBINSON AS SULLY – ‘TOP BOY’

    MICHAELA COEL AS ARABELLA – ‘I MAY DESTROY YOU’

    NCUTI GATWA AS ERIC EFFIONG – ‘SEX EDUCATION’

    JESSICA PLUMMER AS CHANTELLE – ‘EASTENDERS’

    MICHEAL WARD AS MARCO – ‘BLUE STORY’

    DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT – ‘SNOWFALL’

    BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY [PUBLIC VOTED]

    MUNYA CHAWAWA

    CHUNKZ

    YUNG FILLY

    MO GILLIGAN

    CLARA AMFO

    MAYA JAMA

    HENRIE KWUSHUEKSI

    HARRY PINERO

    ZEZE MILLZ

    BEST ALBUM (2017 – 2019)
    This is a one-off additional category just for this year’s MOBO Awards to highlight the best albums released from 1st September 2017 – 31st August 2019.

    DAVE – ‘PSYCHODRAMA’

    KANO – ‘HOODIES ALL SUMMER’

    ELLA MAI – ‘ELLA MAI’

    SKEPTA – ‘IGNORANCE IS BLISS’

    NINES – ‘CROP CIRCLE

    ’LITTLE SIMZ – ‘GREY AREA’

    BEST AFRICAN ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS)[PUBLIC VOTED]

    BURNA BOY

    TIWA SAVAGE

    DAVIDO

    FIREBOY DML

    REMA

    MASTER KG

    ADEKUNLE GOLD

    NSG

    AFRO B

    WIZKID

    STONEBWOY

    SHATTA WALE

    BEST REGGAE ACT

    POPCAAN

    KOFFEE

    LILA IKÉ

    BUJU BANTON

    PROTOJE

    BEST GOSPEL ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL)

    CALLEDOUT MUSIC

    NOEL ROBINSON

    GUVNA B

    THE KINGDOM CHOIRS

    HEKINAH

    BEST JAZZ ACT

    MOSES BOYDJOE

    ARMON-JONES

    TOM MISCH & YUSSEF DAYES

    YAZMIN LACEY

    EGO ELLA MAY

    BEST PRODUCER

    JAE 5

    808 MELO

    SIR SPYRO

    TSB

    STEEL BANGLEZ

    M1ONTHEBEAT

  4. Who will be hosting The MOBO Awards 2020?

    Maya Jama will be hosting The MOBO Awards alongside YouTube creator and singer Chunkz.

  5. Which artists are performing at The MOBOs 2020?

    Homegrown acts performing on the night include Ms Banks, Headie One, M Huncho, Kojey Radical, Shaybo, Tiana Major9 and Loski.

    Meanwhile, International acts including H.E.R, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Stylo G will also be performing.

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