THE COUNTDOWN to the MOBO Awards has begun as stars descend on the city for the glittering ceremony.
The red carpet is ready to be rolled out at the First Direct Arena tonight for stars including Rita Ora, Ella Eyre, FKA Twigs and Naughty Boy, who will all be performing at the sold-out event.
Chart-toppers Mark Ronson and Jess Glynne are both up for awards alongside grime and hip hop acts Krept And Konan and JME.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre and The Weeknd are all nominated in the International Album category.
Rita Ora, who is currently a judge on The X Factor, is nominated for Best Video for Body On Me – a collaboration with Chris Brown.
She said: “When I was asked to perform at this year’s MOBO Awards, of course I was going to say yes. MOBO gave me my first break on TV in 2008, when I performed as a featured artist before I had even released a single.”
The MOBO Awards will be held in Leeds tomorrow for the first time in its 20-year history, and will be broadcast live on ITV2 from 8pm.
Former Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford is hosting the awards.
Speaking previously about the MOBOs, she said: “This is one of the strongest nominees lists I’ve seen. That is testament to the artists themselves because you can’t put a strong nominees list together if the music’s not there, and this year the music has been there.”
Singer Ella Eyre, who is nominated for Best Female, said: “The category is just so strong, and I’m glad to be a part of that.
“The first time I went to the MOBO Awards was when I was playing with Rudimental and no-one knew who I was, so to be nominated for a second time around three years later is amazing. I’m flattered.”
MOBO Awards founder Kanya King said: “There couldn’t have been a better year for Leeds to play host to the MOBOs – the year they bid for their city to become the European Capital of Culture.”
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