Mobo Awards Preview

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Mobo Awards Preview
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Rolling round again for 2005, tonight sees the 10th annual MOBO awards taking place at the Royal Albert Hall.

Famously dogged with controversy last year for the revoking of homophobic reggae artists nominations, the 2005 awards should run a bit more smoothly with the only controversy so far surrounding whether Joss Stone really fits into the ethos of the event.

Former Fame Academy student and oft top 20 charter, Lemar, is the front runner at the ceremony with five nominations including Best UK Act, Best Album and Best Single. Kanye West protege John Legend follows him with three nominations.

Also nominated is Hornsey's Sway Dasafo, who despite being an unsigned artist, has been nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Hip Hop act along the likes of Snoop Dogg.

A full list of nominations can be found here.

Performers include Lemar himself, former Mercury winner Ms Dynamite,

Public Enemy and - astonishingly - Lauren Hill who has stepped in at the last minute after a cancellation by Amerie. The American star, nominated for hit single 'One Thing' has shunned the ceremony at the last minute in order to perform on the Oprah Winfrey show. Get your priorities right girl!

Hill will launch the ceremony with Doo-Wap (That Thing), her debut solo single from 1998, leaving us at Londonist wondering exactly when her much promised new material is going to materialise.

Damian Marley and family will be taking part with an exclusive Bob Marley Tribute and Luther Vandross, who died earlier in the year, will also be remembered at the ceremony which will be presented by rapper Akon & Brummie comedian Gina Yashere.

We'll be back tomorrow with all the gossip and the winners, but if you aren't lucky or rich enough to be going, you can catch the whole ceremony on BBC One tomorrow night at 11.35pm.

Last Updated 22 September 2005