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Brian Coney
18 December 2023, 12:12

MOBO Awards announce 2023 nominees, including Little Simz, Nia Archives, TSHA, more

The annual celebration of Black music and culture sees the return of the Best Dance/Electronic category

MOBO Organisation / Ashley Verse

The nominees for this year's MOBO Awards have been announced.

One year on from the introduction of the Best Electronic/Dance Act category at the 25th-anniversary edition of the awards show, the UK's biggest celebration of Black music and culture will take over the Utilita Arena Sheffield on 7th February 2024. 

Announced on Thursday, 14th December, this year's MOBOs sees artists nominated across 20 categories, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year supported by BBC Radio 1xtra, Best Newcomer and more.

Little Simz is nominated for four awards: Best Female Act, Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Best Hip Hop act. Stormzy also receives four nominations including Best Male Act and Album of the Year. Last week, the artist's album, 'No Thank You', won in the Best Rap Album/Mixtape category at DJ Mag's Best Of British Awards

In the Best Dance/Electronic Act category, four of the five nominees are female: 2022 winner Nia ArchivesAluna, PinkPantheress, Shygirl, TSHA, as well as Salute. Elsewhere, Central Cee, PinkPantheress, J Hus and Raye have three nominations each.

In a statement, MOBO founder Kanya King said:  “We are proud to champion this year’s incredible lineup of nominees for the 26th MOBO Awards, who have all brought stellar music and content to our attention through their remarkable work in music, film, TV, online and more. Since 1996, we've celebrated Black music and culture, breaking new ground and leading the way, seeing MOBO evolve and innovate to champion outstanding talent beyond music."

"This year’s nominees not only represent the best of their genre and artform and an incredible year of music, but also continue our dedication to sustaining an inclusive ecosystem where diverse talent is both recognised and empowered to thrive."

Go to the MOBO official website for the full list of nominations and tickets to the ceremony on 7th February.

Founded in 1996, the MOBO Awards is a celebration of music and artists of Black origin. Other existing genre categories cover gospel, jazz and reggae.