MOBO nominations announced

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The Streets, OutKast and Gnarls Barkley are set to battle it out

The nominations for the 2006 MOBO awards have been announced, with The Streets up against Gnarls Barkley and OutKast for the best group award.

Beyonce has been nominated for four awards, while Corinne Bailey Rae and Kano have three nominations each.

UK hip-hop and R&B artists are well represented at the awards with nominations for Plan B, Jamelia, Beverly Knight and Mercury Music Prize contender Sway.

There’s no shortage of recognition for the US heavyweights however, with Busta Rhymes and Kanye West up against Sway and Kano in the Best Hip-Hop category.

This year’s Music of Black Origin Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall on September 20, feature four new categories.

Awards for Best UK Female, Best UK Male, Best International Male and Best International Female will all be given out for the first time at the ceremony which will be broadcast live on BBC Three.

The full nominations are:

Best Group:

Black Eyed Peas

Gnarls Barkley

OutKast

The Streets

Pussycat Dolls

Best UK Female:

Aleesha Dixon

Beverley Knight

Corinne Bailey Rae

Jamelia

Keisha White

Best International Female:

Alicia Keys

Beyonce

Janet Jordan

Mary J Blige

Nelly Furtado

Best UK Male:

Kano

Lemar

Nate James

Plan B

Sway

Best International Male:

Chris Brown

Jay-Z

Kanye West

Ne Yo

Pharrell Williams

Best UK Newcomer:

Corinne Bailey Rae

Fundamental 03

Lady Sovereign

Plan B

Sound Bwoy

Best Song:

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – ‘Déjà vu’

Corinne Bailey Rae – ‘Put Your Records On’

Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’

Mary J Blige – ‘Be Without You’

Ne Yo – ‘So Sick’

Best Video:

Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – ‘Déjà vu’

Busta Rhymes – ‘Touch It (remix)’

Chris Brown – ‘Run It’

Kano – ‘Brown Eyes’

Roll Deep – ‘Shake A Leg’

Best Hip-Hop:

Akala

Busta Rhymes

Kano

Kanye West

Sway

Best R’n’B:

Beyonce

Jamie Foxx

Mary J Blige

Ne Yo

Rihanna

Best Reggae:

Anthony Hamilton

Burning Spear

Damian Marley

Sean Paul

Shaggy

Best African Act:

Batman Samini

Lebo Mathosa

P Square

Jose Chameleone

Tony Tetuila

Best Gospel:

Alan Charles

Kirk Franklin

Mary Mary

Noel Robinson

Nu Life

Best DJ:

Semtex

Shortee Blitz

Steve Sutherland

Tim Westwood

Trevor Nelson