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MOBO nominations...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 21, 2006
Once again it's time for the MOBO nominations and every year begs the question whether they know what they're doing. Blues & Soul scribe Bigger is perhaps the most outspoken on the subject each year and I'm looking forward to reading what he thinks about this years list. Again there is enough ammo to be critical. Below is the nominations with my opinions underneath. At least they are finally going to show the awards live, but whether it will be worth watching is another story.

Best Group: Black Eyed Peas, Gnarls Barkley, OutKast, The Streets, Pussycat Dolls

BEP are more pop than anything these days and as much as I like Outkast they are only just about to release an album this month.

Best UK Female: Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Keisha White

Jamelia has been changing nappys all year and Beverley Knight released a pop sounding album. Alesha Dixon has only just started her solo career and yet there is no place for Terri Walker.

Best International Female: Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson, Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado > Keyshia Cole? This one's Mary's but it does make you wonder what sort of criteria you have to match to get nominated.

Best UK Male: Kano, Lemar, Nate James, Plan B, Sway

This will be between Sway or Lemar but again Lemar's album is released just before the awards night. I'm sure Nate was nominated last year when he actually released an album.

Best International Male: Chris Brown,Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ne Yo, Pharrell Williams

Ok so we always knew he would make a return but has anyone seen Jay-Z release an album since 2003? Please let me know if he has so I can buy it.

Best UK Newcomer: Corinne Bailey Rae, Fundamental 03, Lady Sovereign, Plan B, Sound Bwoy Ent.

When I was trying to find these nominations I stumbled on the Wikipedia entry and it said that Choong Family were meant to be on this list but were pulled due to pressure from Def Jam who wanted Lady Sovereign on the list. A bit harsh if true but not all that surprising due to MOBO's credibiltiy these days. At least Choong Family have released more material than SoundBwoy Entertainment.

Best Song: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - 'Déjà vu', Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Put Your Records On, 'Gnarls Barkley - 'Crazy', Mary J Blige - 'Be Without You, 'Ne Yo - 'So Sick'

Not exactly the best songs in the last year now. Too due the killing of the song that radio gave to it, I'd say Crazy pretty much has this one rapped up.

Best Video: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - 'Déjà vu. 'Busta Rhymes - 'Touch It (remix)', Chris Brown - 'Run It', Kano - 'Brown Eyes', Roll Deep - 'Shake A Leg'

How do they choose this one? Out of all those Shake A Leg has to win because of the comedy factor. Who would have thought they'd see Wiley as an old man? Although he did look funny in the Pies video as a chubber. Not to pry though but shouldn't this have got nominated last year? And isn't that Beyonce video the one everyone is petitioning about? Hmmm...

Best Hip-Hop: Akala, Busta Rhymes, Kano, Kanye West, Sway

Sway won last year without releasing an album and was surely chosen as a winner to make MOBO look credible and seem like they are in touch with what is happening on the underground by recognising Sway's mixtapes. That's not to take anything away from Sway at all though as he is deserving of all his success. I doubt he'll win it for a second year running though.

Best R'n'B: Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo, Rihanna

Probably the closest the panel have got to getting a fair selection of nominations. I'd pick Ne-Yo but reckon Mary will take it.

Best Reggae: Anthony Hamilton, Burning Spear, Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy

That Anthony Hamilton song is one of the best songs of the year period and as good as anything from a reggae artist. But a reggae artist he is not. Why not put him in the R'n'B catagory?

Best African Act: Batman Samini, Lebo Mathosa, P Square, Jose Chameleone, Tony Tetuila

I have to hold my hands up here and say I have no idea what any of these artists sound like so I hope they all deserve their nominations.

Best Gospel: Alan Charles, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Noel Robinson, Nu Life

That Shackles song is still a floorfiller. It would be good to see the Uk's Nu Life win this one although that Kirk Franklin song is one of my favourites this summer. Take it to church!

Best DJ: Semtex, Shortee Blitz, Steve Sutherland, Tim Westwood, Trevor Nelson

If this is based on skills and ability then I would take Trevor Nelson and Tim Westwood out straight away. But if it does take into account personality as well then fair enough. Semtex or Shortee for me here. They used to have best radio DJ and best club DJ as seperate catagories.

I do take my hat of about the Luther Vandross tribute they have planned, I just hope they don't forget to mention Lynden David Hall and J Dilla.


Brosnan (HF) said... @ 10:38 PM

lol Best dj? Westwood... ? they might aswell chase down the person who made the Bomb sound because thats all he does to mix... presses play, taps a couple random bomb effects ! oh dont forget the dog sounds aswell.... wow.. ! i cracked the westwood dj code

Warren Dell said... @ 8:27 PM

what's scary is that he's old enough to be my dad and once i walked past a club where he was playing and heard him shout 'where my naughty girls at' when he played beyonce, gun claps and all. And the club is usually full of barely legal pramfaces.

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