Cardi B and Stefflon Don are among the acts confirmed to perform at the MOBO Awards 2017 making it a not-to-be-missed event.
The annual urban music awards are set to take place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Wednesday 29th November. Representing the US, Cardi B will grace the stage to perform her Billboard number one single Bodak Yellow. The former Love & Hip Hop: New York star could also be a winner on the night as she is nominated for Best International Act.
Also showing up for female rappers will be the UK’s very own Stefflon Don. Rumours are rife that the acclaimed MC could be joined by her Hurtin’ Me collaborator French Montana. Hurtin’ Me has soared up the UK singles chart and is currently at number three. Stefflon Don is nominated in three categories, for Best Female, Best Hip Hop and Best Newcomer.
Stefflon Don will no doubt be thrilled to meet Cardi B backstage at the MOBOs after gushing about the rapper in a recent interview with Hot 97. Speaking to DJ Ebro and co. earlier in November, Stefflon Don said: “I haven’t spoken to [any American female rappers] but I love Cardi though. She’s dope. She’s massive [in the UK]. She was big from Love & Hip Hop, before she even did that tune she was big. She’s sick man, everyone loves her.”
Krept & Konan, Yungen and Yung Bxne are also scheduled to perform at the MOBOs.
Listen to Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow:
Grime’s current reigning star, Stormzy, leads the nominations after notching up a staggering five awards. The Big For Your Boots hitmaker is up for Best Male, Best Album, Best Grime Act, Best Song and Best Video. J Hus follows closely with an impressive four awards while Sampha is shortlisted in three categories.
Iconic jazz singer Gregory Porter has already received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. In his acceptance statement, Porter said: “I am truly privileged to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award from the MOBOs. It is a great honour and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my career so far. Nat King Cole was my earliest musical inspiration so it seems fitting that I dedicate this award to him.”
Porter, 46, is currently at number three on the UK charts with his latest album, Nat “King” Cole & Me.
Tickets for the MOBO Awards 2017 are on sale now.
MOBOs launch ‘B Positive’ campaign
The MOBOs have teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant to launch ‘B Positive’, a ground-breaking national campaign with a 60 strong choir at its focus, as part of the MOBOvation Season countdown to this year’s MOBO Awards.
The ‘B Positive’ campaign, named after a blood type that is more common in the black population, aims to drive registrations of much needed, life-saving new blood donors, in particular targeting 17-35 year olds and those from Afro-Caribbean communities, who are more likely to have genetic blood conditions, such as sickle cell disease, which requires regular blood transfusions.
Supporting the campaign is the ‘B Positive’ choir, comprised of 60 individuals who either live with sickle cell or families, friends and supporters of those who are affected by the disease. The choir’s members have come from all over England and are led by Choir Master, Colin Anderson.
The choir will make their debut with an exclusive performance on 20th November at the MOBO pre-awards show at Boisdale Canary Wharf, London, as well as performing at various events and locations, culminating in a rousing performance at the 22nd MOBO Awards itself.
Listen to Stefflon Don’s Hurtin’ Me: