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20:10 20/10/2010 = MOBO Awards

Yeah blaad it's that time of the year for one of the most talked about (or do I mean heavily debated/criticised) awards. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. I do think they are sometimes judged more for what they aren't doing without consideration for the positives.

Last year, for instance, was a good show in my opinion. Celebrated a lot of UK acts, we didn't care about the Yanks apart from how good Keri Hilson looked. What do most people remember it for? UK funky artists performing by tables and Tinchy Stryder's outburst on twitter about not winning anything.

This year the nominations are quite accurate if you ask me. What were people talking about? There isn't a Best DJ category. Yes, the same DJ category they cuss every year for being biased. Not to say getting rid of it is the right thing to do mind you. I do think they should do a Best Independent Act though. The MOBO tour itself was represented with indies Donaeo, Mz Bratt and Maverick Sabre. Throw P Money, and Katy B in you've got a good line up. On the plus, there aren't any wildcards like Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj in Best Reggae for Hold You and twanging every now and again. Don't laugh or look confused Sean Kingston won Best Reggae for Beautiful Girls and soul singer Anthony Hamilton is a previous Reggae nominee for reggae song Everybody.

I'm about to predict who will win with BOLD and who I think should win in italic

Best Newcomer
Tinie Tempah
Professor Green
Scorcher
Labrinth
Devlin

Best U.K. Act
(I'm sure they cut down the amount of nominee's in this category)
Tinie Tempah
Jay Sean
Tinchy Stryder
Taio Cruz
Chipmunk
N-Dubz
Giggs
JLS
Roll Deep
M.I.A
Dizzee Rascal
Alexandra Burke
Sade
Plan B
Leona Lewis

Best Song

Taio Cruz ft Ke$ha – “Dirty Picture”
Tinie Tempah – “Pass Out”
N-Dubz ft Mr Hudson – “Playing With Fire”
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang, Bang, Bang”
Professor Green ft Ed Drewett – “I Need You Tonight”

Best U.K. R&B/Soul
(Don't care to be honest)
Sade
Natalie Williams
Corinne Bailey Rae
McLean
Plan B

Best U.K. Hip Hop/Grime
Giggs - so badly want Giggs to win
Professor Green
Skepta
Akala
Wiley

Best International Act - Don't care. Sure this has been trimmed too
Drake
Alicia Keys
Jay Z
Rihanna
Eminem
Janelle Monae
Black Eyed Peas
Nicki Minaj
Ne-Yo
Usher
Beyonce
Jason Derulo
Lil Wayne
Travie McCoy
Trey Songz

Best Reggae

Damian Marley
Mavado
GYPTIAN
Vybz Kartel
GAPPY RANKS

Best Album
Plan B – “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” (679/Atlantic)
JLS – “JLS” (Epic)
N-Dubz “Against All Odds” (UMTV)
Chipmunk -”I Am Chipmunk” (Jive/Columbia)
Dizzee Rascal – “Tongue in Cheek” (Dirtee Stank)

Best Video
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – “Bang, Bang, Bang”
Tinie Tempah ft Labrinth – “Frisky”
Tinchy Stryder – “You’re Not Alone”
Alesha Dixon – “Drummer Boy”
Dizzee Rascal – “Dirtee Disco”

Best African Act
K’Naan (Somalia)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Hip Hop Pantsula (South Africa)
JJC (Nigeria)
Banky W. (Nigeria)
Concha Buika (Equatorial Guinea)
Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia)
Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana)
Angélique Kidjo (Benin)
M3NSA (Ghana)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)
Tinny (Ghana)
Waldemar Bastos (Zimbabwe)
Staff Benda Bilili (Congo-Kinshasa)
BLK JKS (South Africa)

Best Gospel Act - Don't know any of 'em

Faith Child
Guvna B
Rachel Kerr
Jake Isaac
Beverley Trotman
Best Jazz Act
Robert Glasper
Brad Mehldau
Empirical
Phronesis
John McLaughlin

In conclusion, if Tinie Tempah doesn't win everything, I'm gonna do a KanYe in the comfort of my living room. May stretch it out as far as the Twitter eyes can see.

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