Nines leads the way to this year's MOBO Awards with a total of five nominations, crowning a year in which he scored his first number one album in the UK.

The 30-year-old rapper, from Harlesden in north-west London, is tapped in a number of major categories at the annual event celebrating music of black origin.

These include best male act, best hip hop act and album of the year for August's chart-topping Crabs In A Bucket.

But he faces competition from Stormzy, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia and Tiana Major9, who have three nominations each.


The awards, which are taking place online this year, will see the return of Maya Jama as host, after she became the youngest person to host the awards in 2017.

She will be joined by YouTube creator, music artist and comedian Chunkz.

In the best male act category, Stormzy and Nines go up against J Hus, Headie One, AJ Tracey and Young T & Bugsey.

In the best female category, Lianne La Havas, Mahalia and Tiana Major9 are joined by Ms Banks, Darkoo and FKA Twigs.

The album of the year category features J Hus's Big Conspiracy, Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head, Mahalia's Love And Compromise, Nines's Crabs In A Bucket, and Lianne La Havas's self-titled third album.

Outside music, the best media personality award, which is voted for by the public, features Strictly Come Dancing star and radio presenter Clara Amfo, Jama and YouTuber KSI among others.

Clara Amfo

Mobo founder Kanya King said: "Recognising the unique role the Mobo Awards plays for so many, and the challenging year we find ourselves in, it is now more important than ever to be there and to continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of black music and culture.

"We are proud to partner with YouTube and the BBC to bring this year's celebration to millions of music fans, and continue to uplift creative voices here in the UK and around the world.

"A special thanks to Arts Council England, I Saw It First and Accenture for supporting us on this journey - we see you!"

The virtual ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube from 7.00pm on December 9 and re-broadcast on BBC One at 10.45pm.