MOBO Awards Announce First Acts
Get ready for the MOBO Awards, the UK’s biggest celebration of urban music and culture. International music sensation Cardi B is amongst the first names to be announced as a 2017 MOBO Award performer. The Bronx rap star became the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 with a solo hit. Her breakout smash ‘Bodak Yellow’ is the unmistakable rap anthem of the summer. This will be Cardi B’s first ever UK awards show performance. She is nominated for Best International Act alongside DJ Khaled, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Solange and Sza.
Fresh from sending both their mixtapes “7 Days” and “7 Nights” straight into the UK Top 10, Krept & Konan are now set for a major return to the MOBO Awards stage in Leeds on 29 November. It was here at the First Direct Arena two years ago that the South London rap duo were crowned Best Hip Hop Act, the first of many career-defining milestones.
Krept & Konan, who took home Best Newcomer at the 2013 MOBO Awards, recently peaked at #6 (for “7 Days”) and #8 (for “7 Nights”) on the UK Albums Chart, marking their simultaneous second and third Top 10 entry since 2015’s monster UK #2 hit debut “The Long Way Home”.
One of the UK’s most exciting new emcees, Stefflon Don, will be unleashing her sickening flow on the MOBO stage in less than three weeks. The ‘Hurtin’ Me’ star, who just signed a million pound deal with Universal, is one of the most nominated talent in this year’s awards, up for the big gongs: Best Female, Best Hip Hop and Best Newcomer. Stefflon Don was tipped by Complex UK and BBC Music Sound of 2017 as one to watch and in the past few months alone, she has racked up a UK Top 10 hit with ‘Hurtin’ Me’ and a Top 20 hit on Jax Jones’ ‘Instruction’ with Demi Lovato.
Yungen’s infectious hit ‘Bestie’ with Yxng Bane, topped the Official Charts’ Official Trending Chart last month and has clocked over 25 million streams on Spotify to date – there is no stopping this multi-faceted star. The South London sensation will be bringing his blend of rap and R&B to the stage with Yxng Bane to cap off a hugely successful year that will no doubt leave listeners watching his next steps intently. Many more performers to be announced. Watch this space.
Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO Awards nominations with a whopping five nominations for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album for “Gang Signs & Prayer”, Best Song and Best Video for ‘Big For Your Boots’. East London rapper J Hus picked up four nominations for Best Male, Best Album for “Common Sense”, Best Song for ‘Did You See’ and Best Video for ‘Spirit’. Elsewhere, hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith picks up three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer, and Sampha earns nods for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Album for his critically acclaimed debut “Process”.
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