Following the footsteps of MTV Europe Music Awards, another prize-giving event Mobo Awards unveils its own nominees for 2012. The annual show, which is held to recognize artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music, pits Beyonce Knowles against her own husband Jay-Z in Best International Act category.
Jigga is in the run for the prize along with his The Throne partner, Kanye West. In addition to Queen Bey, they will face stiff competition from Azealia Banks, Drake, Frank Ocean, Nas, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Rihanna.
Leading in terms of number are Scottish musician Emeli Sande and English artist Plan B with five each. They will compete against each other in Best Video, Best Song and Best Album categories. The "Next To Me" singer is additionally up for Best Female and Best R&B/Soul Act titles, while the "Ill Manors" rapper gets his other nods in Best Male and Best Hip Hop/Grime Act categories.
Rita Ora, who gets four nominations, joins Sande in the race for Best Female award along with Jessie J, Tulisa, Jessie Ware and Rebecca Ferguson. The judge of British "The X Factor", Tulisa, says of being nominated without her N-Dubz bandmates, "It feels amazing. But pretty scary. It feels strange knowing all the past years I've been here it's been with N-Dubz, so it's a weird experience."
Also scoring four nods is Labrinth, who vies for Best Male, Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Song and Best Album. The "Earthquake" hitmaker is pitted against Ed Sheeran, who snatches three nods, in Best Male, Best Song and Best Album categories.
This year's Mobo Awards will be held at Liverpool's Echo Arena on November 3, while voting is already open on mobo.com. Performers and presenters at the show will be announced later.
Full nomination list of 2012 Mobo Awards: