Craig hopes for Mobo repeat

R&B star Craig David will get the opportunity to repeat his stunning record at last year's MOBO awards, having been nominated for three prizes at this year's event.

The 20-year-old Southampton-based singer collected a hat-trick of gongs at last year's ceremony.

But he will face stiff opposition at this year's event from five other acts who have all been nominated for a hat-trick of awards.

Former chart toppers So Solid Crew, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot, Usher and Oxide & Neutrino, are all in the hunt for a trio of gongs.

Last year David won the best single, best R&B act and best UK newcomer, but he failed to repeat the success at the Brit awards when he walked away empty handed despite a hatful of nominations.

US soul singer Luther Vandross will also collect a lifetime achievement award at the event, while R Kelly will be given a prize for his outstanding contribution to the genre.

The Music Of Black Origin awards will be held in October at the London Arena and will see some of the biggest names in Urban music attending and performing.

US star Kelis will join Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson to host the glittering evening.

There are 18 categories in all with 15 being voted for by the music listening public.

Here are some of the nominations:

Best R&B Act


Destiny's Child - Columbia


Usher - Arista/BMG


Craig David - Wildstar


Sisqo - Def Soul


Damage - Afterlife/Cooltempo

Best Hip Hop Act


Outkast - Laface/Arista


Missy Elliott - Elektra/East West


Ja Rule - Def Jam


Roots Manuva - Big Dada


Nelly - Universal Records


Eve - Interscope/Polydor

Best Video


Outkast, Ms Jackson - Laface/Arista


Missy Elliot, Get Ur Freak On - Elektra/East West


Eminem, Stan - Interscope


Usher, Pop Ya Collar - Arista/BMG


Oxide & Neutrino, Up Middle Finger - East West

Best Jazz Act


St Germain - Blue Note


Courtney Pine - Verve


Incognito - Talkin Loud


Guru's Jazzmatazz ft Angie Stone - Virgin


Rachelle Ferrell - Capitol

Best UK Garage Act


So Solid Crew - Relentless


Oxide & Neutrino - East West


Artful Dodger - Public Demand/Ffrr


Sticky ft Ms Dynamite - Ffrr


DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies - Relentless/MOS


DJ Luck & MC Nea - Red Rose Recordings/Island

Best UK Act


Damage - Afterlife/Cooltempo


Craig David - Wildstar


Crew - Relentless


Mis teeq - Inferno/Telstar


Sade - Epic

Best Album


Destiny's Child, Survivor - Columbia


Outkast, Stankonia - Laface/Arista


Craig David, Born To Do It - Wildstar


Usher, 8701 - Arista/BMG


Mya, Fear Of Flying - Interscope


Samantha Mumba, Gotta Tell You - Wildcard/Polydor

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