Kano and Laura Mvula are leading the nominations for the MOBO awards, with four nominations each including best male and best female.
Skepta – who took home the Mercury Music Prize last week for his album ‘Konichiwa’ – has also been nominated three times for best male, best album and best grime act.
Craig David has been nominated for the first time in 16 years with nods in the best male and best song categories. He was awarded the best newcomer gong in 2000.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, David said, “I remember rocking up to the 2000 awards, I had my ‘Buy British’ red jumper on and I was proud to be walking up there. It feels full circle to be standing here again. It’s crazy.”
Stormzy and Lady Leshurr are also nominated for an award, with Mercury Music Prize nominee Michael Kiwanuka telling The Guardian that this year felt like “a good moment for black music being recognised in the mainstream”.
He pointed to the popularity of grime, not just in the UK mainstream but across the world. “You can’t really escape it,” said Kiwanuka. “Up till now grime has been pushed to one side, and not seen as relevant, but finally people are taking notice. It’s always been credible but people are finally sitting up and taking notice. So it’s a good year I think and good to be a part of it.”