Award season is in full effect and the date for the MOBO Awards (Nov 29th) ceremony – one of the worlds most prestigous urban music awards is fast approaching. We have gone through all the artists up for nominations and picked out all the UK RnB artists you need to know about, vote for and support.
The Walsall songstress has had an awesome 2017, featuring on Drakes internationally acclaimed More Life playlist album, and dropping two massive RnB singles Teenage Fantasy and the Uk garage/RnB mashup On My Mind. She has also performed at the Outlook festival and supported Bruno Mars on tour. Her first EP, Project 11 released in 2016 brought her to the attention of key industry tastemakers setting her up for the massive 2017 she is currently having. Its easy to see why she has two MOBO nominations.
Nominated for: Best New Comer, Best Female Act, Best Rnb Soul Act
What can we say about Mabel. A scion of musical heavyweights Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey – she burst onto the scene with the massive Thinkin Bout You which went straight on the Radio 1 playlist and achieved millions of Youtube views and streams. Her Bedroom EP was well received, with the single Bedroom getting solid radio rotation. However it was Finders Keepers featuring UK rapper Kojo Funds which was the real breakout hit. As the Youtube audio continued racking up streams by the million she finally gave into fan pressure and dropped the visuals, giving the track a new lease of life and catapulting it into the UK top 10. She also released a massive remix which saw Kojo Funds joined by Burna Boy and Don-E. Her latest EP Ivy Roses dropped in October and is set to place her as one of the major names of 2018.
Nominated for: Best Female, Best Newcomer.
Without a doubt Craig David is probably the king of modern British RnB. His career stretches all the way back to 1999, and saw him rise to the top, fall then mount one of the most spectacular comebacks in recent memory. Many of his new fans may not know his classics such as ReWind, Fill Me In and 7 Days – but his recent tracks When The Bassline Drops, Got It Good, Heartline won him a whole new set of fans from the younger generation. As a bonus he also has killer mixing skills, with his TS5 Dj shows always selling out whenever they are announced.
Nominated for: Best RnB Soul Act
Wobbly Funk – a term coined by the East London artist herself to describe her unique brand of RnB saw Nao rise from obscurity to one of the leading names in the new wave of UK RnB. Her 2016 debut album For All We Know had the hits Bad Blood, Fool to Love and Girlfriend. After a sold out tour, and live performances all around the world she has finally given us a preview of her next album in the form of Nostalgia, her latest single.
Nominated For: Best RnB Soul Act, Best Female Act,
Her husky, sultry vocals have seen people draw comparisons with Mary J Blige and Lauryn Hill. She came on to our radar with the track 5050, a track about her frustrations with a badboy lover. Her track My Hood from her second EP Durt got a heavy airplay on 1Xtra and Radio one. Her EP Durt was critically acclaimed but as of now she has decided to avoid signing to labels and stay doing her thing independently. 2017 has been quiet year for her in terms of releases, but what she has dropped has been of a high quality and she has had a busy schedule of live shows and sold out gigs in December. We definitely think she’s a solid contender for her nominations
Nominated For: Best RnB Soul Act, Best Female Act
Sampha. If Craig David is the king of Uk RnB he would undoubtedly be the prince. His haunting, hollow yet soulful vocals and serious song content, set him apart from the legions of saccharine trap wannabe RnB singers.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Drake, Beyonce, Solange, Kanye West and Frank Ocean. After taking time out of music due to the death of his mother he came back in a big way with his debut album Process, which has gone on to win a Mercury Award. If there is any artist this year who deserves to take home a MOBO – then Sampha is definitely THAT guy.
Nominated for: Best RnB Soul Act, Best Male, Best Album
Her debut album Our Version of Events sold 2.3 million copies and who can forget her performance of Read All About it at 2012 at the London 2012 Olympics. Despite a breakup with her childhood sweet heart, which inspired her second album Long Live the Angels Emile Sande is back to impact the UK RnB scene in a big way. Her latest EP – Kingdom Coming has features from Giggs, American rapper Dave East and Wretch 32.
Nominated for: Best Female Act
Having released three albums via Island Records since 2012, Jesse Ware can be considered somewhat of a veteran in the music industry. Her first album Devotion went gold selling 100k copies and she has maintained a strong presence in the scene touring, performing to her loyal fan base. Her most recent album Glasshouse has recieved a largely positive response, and a MOBO win will definitely affirm her status as a major name in the UK RnB scene.
Nominated for: Best Female Act
So there you have it – a wrap up of all the UK R&B artists nominated for the MOBO awards. If you are a fan of these artists or want to support the scene then make sure you get voting. You can also buy tickets for the MOBO Awards here.