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Mobo Awards 2006: Beyonce leads nominations

Beyonce

Story by Jack Foley

BEYONCE Knowles heads this year’s Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards with four nominations.

The Destiny’s Child singer, who is about to release a new solo album, is in line for best international female artist, best song, best video and best R&B act.

Joining her in the running for best international artist are Mary J Blige and Nelly Furtado, while emerging UK talents Corinne Bailey Rae and Kano have three nominations each.

The awards ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 20 and will be presented by comedian Gina Yashere.

This year’s awards include the addition of four new categories – best UK female, best UK male, best international male and best international female.

Corinne Bailey Rae is favourite to take the best UK female artist prize following a hugely successful breakthrough year, although she is competing against former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, Jamelia and Keisha White.

Rae is also nominated for best song for Put Your Records On, and for best newcomer along with Plan B, Fundamental 03, Lady Sovereign and Soundbwoy.

Rapper Kano, meanwhile, is nominated for best UK male artist, best hip-hop act and best video – although he faces tough competition from Mercury Music Prize-nominated rapper Sway in the best hip-hop category, as well as Akala, Busta Rhymes and Kanye West.

Black Eyed Peas, Gnarls Barkley, OutKast, Pussycat Dolls and The Streets will vy for the best group prize.

Beyonce and Corinne Bailey Rae take spoils