Emeli Sandé, Plan B, Labrinth and Rita Ora lead the way with with five (Sandé, Plan B) and four (Labrinth, Ora) nominations for the 17th Annual MOBO Awards, set to take place on Saturday 3rd November in Liverpool.

Fresh from her outstanding performances at the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, Emeli Sandé has been nominated in as many as five categories for this year’s MOBO Awards: Best Female, Best R&B/Soul, Best Video for My Kind Of Love, Best Song for Next To Me and Best Album for Our Version Of Events.

Matching Emeli with five nominations is Plan B, who has had a fantastic year in both music and film, featuring in the following categories:  Best Male, Best Hip-Hop/Grime, Best Song as well as Best Video for Ill Manors and Best Album, again for Ill Manors.

The MOBO Music Panel further nominated rising star Rita Ora in four categories including Best Newcomer, Best Female, Best Video featuring Tinie Tempah for R.I.P and Best Album for Ora. London rapper Labrinth equals Rita with four nominations for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul, Best Song featuring Tinie Tempah for Earthquake and Best Album for Electronic Earth.

The Best International Act category is showcase of the biggest names in urban music with Azealia Banks, Beyoncé, Drake, Frank Ocean, Jay Z and Kanye West, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-yo, Rick Ross and Rihanna all up against each other.

This year for the first time the ‘Best Song in association with PRS for Music’ category only includes songs performed and (co-) written by the artist and includes Ed Sheeran for Lego House, Emeli Sandé for Next To Me, Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah for Earthquake, Michael Kiwanuka for I’ll Get Along and Plan B for Ill Manors.

MOBO Founder Kanya King MBE; “We are very excited about the nominations for the 17th MOBO Awards.  The talent this year has been truly exceptional and we are so proud to be flying the flag for urban music which has again been dominating the charts in the past MOBO Music year. Good luck to all those nominated! We can hardly wait for the big event on Saturday 3rd November at the Echo Arena Liverpool.”

MOBO AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2012

BEST FEMALE in association with Tresor Paris

EMELI SANDÉ
JESSIE J
JESSIE WARE
REBECCA FERGUSON
RITA ORA
TULISA

BEST MALE

ED SHEERAN
LABRINTH
PLAN B
PROFESSOR GREEN
RIZZLE KICKS
WILEY

BEST NEWCOMER in association with HTC

ALUNAGEORGE
ANGEL
CONOR MAYNARD
DELILAH
JESSIE WARE
LIANNE LA HAVAS
MISHA B
RITA ORA
RUDIMENTAL
STOOSHE

BEST R&B/SOUL  ACT

ANGEL
EMELI SANDÉ
LABRINTH
MAVERICK SABRE
REBECCA FERGUSON

BEST HIP-HOP/GRIME ACT

DEVLIN
PLAN B
PROFESSOR GREEN
WILEY
WRETCH 32

BEST VIDEO

EMELI SANDÉ – MY KIND OF LOVE
JLS – DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL
PLAN B – ILL MANORS
RITA ORA FT. TINIE TEMPAH – R.I.P.
RIZZLE KICKS – MAMA DO THE HUMP

BEST SONG in Association with PRSforMusic

ED SHEERAN – LEGO HOUSE
EMELI SANDÉ – NEXT TO ME
LABRINTH FT. TINIE TEMPAH – EARTHQUAKE
MICHAEL KIWANUKA – I’LL GET ALONG
PLAN B – ILL MANORS

BEST ALBUM

ED SHEERAN +
EMELI SANDÉ OUR VERSION OF EVENTS
LABRINTH ELECTRONIC EARTH
PLAN B ILL MANORS
RITA ORA ORA

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

AZEALIA BANKS
BEYONCÉ
DRAKE
FRANK OCEAN
JAY-Z AND KANYE WEST
NAS
NE-YO
NICKI MINAJ
RICK ROSS
RIHANNA

BEST REGGAE ACT

DAMIAN MARLEY
KONSHENS
MR. VEGAS
POPCAAN
SEAN PAUL

BEST JAZZ ACT

AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON
FEMI TEMOWO
ROLLER TRIO
ZARA MCFARLANE
ZOE RAHMAN

BEST AFRICAN ACT

AMADOU AND MARIAM
CABO SNOOP
CAMP MULLA
D’BANJ
FALLY IPUPA ROCKSTAR
FATOUMATA DIAWARA
P SQUARE
SARKODIE
SPOEK MATHAMBO
THE VERY BEST

BEST GOSPEL ACT

EL MAFREX
NI-COLA
RACHEL KERR
RAM1
V9 COLLECTIVE