Little Simz, Arlo Parks and Dave nominated for MOBO Awards 2021

The best in black British music will be celebrated on 5 December in Coventry.

Little Simz, Arlo Parks and Dave nominated for MOBO Awards 2021

The MOBO Awards have announced their nominees for this year’s award show. Leading the list are Ghetts, Little Simz, Arlo Parks and Dave, just to name a few. The MOBO Awards celebrate black music and culture, and this year the awards show will be held at the Coventry Building Society Arena on 5 December. The event will be livestreamed on Youtube and will also air on the BBC.

Rapper Dave is nominated for five awards, including Best Male Act, Best Hip-Hop Act and Album Of The Year, for the LP ‘ We’re All Alone In This Together’. Cleo Sol, Arlo Parks and Little Simz are nominated for three awards each, including Best Female Act. Parks and Sol are also nominated for Album Of The Year for their albums, ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ and ‘Mother’, respectively. They share the category with Dave, Celeste, with her record ‘Not Your Muse’, Ghetts, with ‘Conflict Of Interest’ and Headie One, with ‘Edna’.

Central Cee has been nominated for four awards, Best Male Act, Best Newcomer, Best Drill Act and Song Of The Year, for his track ‘Commitment Issues’. Other artists found within the Best Newcomer category will include BERWYN and Joy Crookes amongst others.

Artists outside of the UK have also been nominated, those who are up for the Best INternational Artist award include musicians like Kanye West, Drake, Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion.

The founder and CEO of MOBO Group, Kanya King CBE, has said: “The past 20 months have been extremely challenging for artists everywhere but as always we are seeing creatives rise up and adapt, even in a global pandemic.” She continued, “this year’s crop of MOBO nominees have not only shown resilience but incredible talent and range. We could not be prouder to celebrate their achievements across the 18 categories that span genres, as well as excellence in TV, film and media.

Public voting for the MOBO Awards 2021 is now open, and can be found here, and tickets for the event are now available, you can find all of the nominations below:

Best Male Act

AJ Tracey

Central Cee



Headie One

Potter Payper

Best Female Act

Arlo Parks

Bree Runway

Cleo Sol

Little Simz


Tiana Major9

Album of the Year

Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’

Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’

Cleo Sol – ‘Mother’

Dave – ‘We’re All Alone in This Together’

Ghetts – ‘Conflict Of Interest’

Headie One – ‘Edna’

Song of the Year – in Association With Coventry Building Society

A1 X J1 – ‘Latest Trends’

Central Cee – ‘Commitment Issues’

Dave Feat. Stormzy – ‘Clash’

Enny Feat. Amia Brave – ‘Peng Black Girls’

Pa Salieu Feat. Backroad Gee – ‘My Family’

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions, Arrdee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1 (3×3), Fivio Foreign & Zt (3×3) – ‘Body (Remix)’

Best Newcomer – in Association With Asos

Arlo Parks


Backroad Gee


Central Cee


Joy Crookes

Midas the Jagaban


Wes Nelson

Video of the Year

Bree Runway – ‘Hot Hot’ (Directed by Jocelyn Anquetil)

Fredo Feat. Dave – ‘Money Talks’ (Directed by Edem Wornoo)

Little Simz Feat. Cleo Sol – ‘Woman’ (Directed by Little Simz)

M1llionz – ‘lagga’ (Directed by Teeeezy C)

Pa Salieu Feat. Backroad Gee – ‘My Family’ (Directed by Femi Ladi)

Slowthai Feat. A$ap Rocky – ‘Mazza’ (Directed by the Rest)

Best R&B/Soul Act


Cleo Sol

Jorja Smith


Tiana Major9


Best Grime Act

Bugzy Malone


D Double E




Best Hip Hop Act


D-block Europe


Little Simz

Potter Payper


Best Drill Act – in Association With Trench

Central Cee

Digga D

Headie One

K Trap



Russ Millions


Tion Wayne

Unknown T

Best International Act

Doja Cat


Kanye West

Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Polo G




Young Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna)

Best Performance in a TV show/film

Ashley Thomas as Henry in Them

Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in Snowfall

Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton in Judas & The Black Messiah

Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-Lecointe in Small Axe

Micheal Ward as Franklyn in Small Axe

Best Media Personality

Charlene White

Chunkz & Yung Filly

Harry Pinero

Henrie Kwushue

Julie Adenuga

Maya Jama

Mo Gilligan

Munya Chawawa

Nella Rose

Zeze Millz

Best Gospel Act – in Association With Premier Gospel

Calledout Music

Cece Winans

Guvna B

Kirk Franklin

Maverick City Music


Best African Music Act

Ayra Starr

Burna Boy



King Promise




Tiwa Savage


Best Reggae Act

Lila Ike


Sean Paul




Best Jazz Act

Alfa Mist

Blue Lab Beats

Emma-jean Thackray

Jacob Collier

Nubiyan Twist

Sons of Kemet

Best Producer – in Association With Complex Uk


Jae 5





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