Friday 24 November 2017

Jessie J leads Mobo award stars

Jessie J - nominated for Mobos tonight
Jessie J - nominated for Mobos tonight

Karl Mansfield, Press Association

Top music stars are expected to turn out tonight for an award ceremony which celebrates music of black origin.

It is just the second time the Mobo Awards have been staged in Scotland and the third year in a row the event has been staged outside London.

Chart-topping star Jessie J leads the field at this year's awards, which honour the best music of black origin, after she was nominated for best newcomer, best UK act, best album, best video and best song.

The Price Tag singer was just ahead of Wretch 32, Adele and Tinie Tempah, who were each shortlisted for four awards.

The awards take place at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) tonight, with US star Jason Derulo and singer Alesha Dixon hosting the event.

Speaking when the nominees were announced in August, Jessie J said: "I am so honoured to be nominated.

"I have watched so many of the artists I look up to being nominated, winning awards and performing - it's amazing to be in the company of such amazing talent."

Adele - who has found global success with her second album 21 - is up against Jessie J for best album, along with Chase & Status, Katy B and Tinie Tempah.

The prize for best song will be fought out between Wretch 32, Adele, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Chase & Status.

The awards show will also feature a tribute to Amy Winehouse, led by her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield.

Winehouse was found dead at her flat in north London on July 23. She was 27.

The Back to Black singer had fought a lengthy public battle with drink and drug problems but toxicology results showed there were no illegal substances in her system.

Dionne, the 15-year-old who is nominated for the best UK R&B/Soul act, will perform a specially-selected Winehouse song as Mobo remember and honour her contribution to music.

Glasgow staged the show in September 2009 - the first time it was held outside London.

Last year, the event was held in Liverpool.

Glasgow will host the 16th awards this year, in 2013 and for the 20th anniversary of the event in 2015.

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