Stormzy and Little Simz lead the nominations for the 2024 MOBO Awards with four nods apiece.

The annual ceremony celebrating black music and culture heads to Sheffield's Utilita Arena on February 7, 2024.

Both rappers are nominated for Album of the Year for 'This Is What I Mean' and 'No Thank You', respectively, for which they will contend with Raye's 'My 21st Century Blues', Ezra Collective's 'Where I'm Meant To Be', J Hus' 'Brutal And Beautiful Yard', and 'Real Back In Style' by Potter Payper.

Raye, Central Cee, PinkPantheress, and J Hus earned three nominations each.

The shortlist for Song of the Year is: 'Sprinter' (Central Cee and Dave), 'Who Told You' (J Hus and Drake), 'Little Things' (Jorja Smith), 'Boys A Liar Pt.2' (PinkPantheress and Ice Spice), 'Escapism' (Raye and 070 Shake), and 'Hide And Seek' (Stormzy).

Stormzy will compete with Central Cee, Dave, D-Block Europe, J Hus, and Nines to be crowned Best Male Act.

And Little Simz faces competition from Flo, Jorja Smith, Mahalia, PinkPantheress, and Raye for Best Female.

Speaking ahead of the event, MOBO Founder Kanya King CBE said: "We are proud to champion this year’s incredible lineup of nominees for the 26th MOBO Awards, who have all brought stellar music and content to our attention through their remarkable work in music, film, TV, online and more. Since 1996, we've celebrated Black music and culture, breaking new ground and leading the way, seeing MOBO evolve and innovate to champion outstanding talent beyond music.

"This year’s nominees not only represent the best of their genre and art form and an incredible year of music, but also continue our dedication to sustaining an inclusive ecosystem where diverse talent is both recognised and empowered to thrive. With the advancement of our MOBO UnSung talent programme and career development platform MOBOLISE, we are ready and excited to take our pioneer status to the next level, to celebrate and recognise the vast contributions of trailblazing musicians and cultural heroes, in a way that only MOBO can. See you on February 7th!"

Last year's ceremony in London was hosted by Chunkz and Yung Filly, with the likes of Little Simz, PinkPantheress and Central Cee receiving the big prizes.

Elsewhere, Craig David was recognised with the Outstanding Contribution award, and Nile Rodgers was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement accolade.

Arena Tickets are on sale now via www.MOBO.com/tickets.

26TH MOBO AWARDS NOMINEES:

BEST MALE ACT

CENTRAL CEE

DAVE

D-BLOCK EUROPE

J HUS

NINES

STORMZY

BEST FEMALE ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHEA MOISTURE

FLO

JORJA SMITH

LITTLE SIMZ

MAHALIA

PINKPANTHERESS

RAYE

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

EZRA COLLECTIVE - WHERE I'M MEANT TO BE

J HUS - BEAUTIFUL AND BRUTAL YARD

LITTLE SIMZ - NO THANK YOU

POTTER PAYPER - REAL BACK IN STYLE

RAYE - MY 21ST CENTURY BLUES

STORMZY - THIS IS WHAT I MEAN

SONG OF THE YEAR SUPPORTED BY BBC RADIO 1XTRA

CENTRAL CEE and DAVE - 'SPRINTER'

J HUS FEAT. DRAKE - 'WHO TOLD YOU'

JORJA SMITH - 'LITTLE THINGS'

PINKPANTHERESS and ICE SPICE - 'BOYS A LIAR PT.2'

RAYE and 070 SHAKE - 'ESCAPISM'

STORMZY - 'HIDE AND SEEK'

BEST NEWCOMER

AMA LOU

ANTSLIVE

DEBBIE

JAYO

NIPPA

NO GUIDNCE

RIMZEE

STRANDZ

TAMERA

TUNDE

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

ANTSLIVE - 'NUMBER ONE CANDIDATE' (DIRECTED BY TOM EMMERSON)

ENNY - 'NO MORE NAIJA MEN' (DIRECTED BY OTIS DOMINIQUE)

JORDS - 'DIRT IN THE DIAMOND EP1: MOBAY FEAT. TAY IWAR / STAY CLOSE FEAT. KRANIUM' (DIRECTED BY RENEE MARIA OSUBU)

LITTLE SIMZ - 'GORILLA' (DIRECTED BY DAVE MEYERS)

STORMZY - 'MEL MADE ME DO IT' (DIRECTED BY KLVDR)

TION WAYNE - ‘HEALING' (DIRECTED BY WOWA)

BEST R'N'B/SOUL ACT

BELLAH

JAZ KARIS

MAHALIA

RAGZ ORIGINALE

SAMPHA

SAULT

BEST HIP HOP ACT

AVELINO

CLAVISH

DIGGA D

ENNY

FREDO

GIGGS

LITTLE SIMZ

LOYLE CARNER

NINES

POTTER PAYPER

BEST GRIME ACT

BUGZY MALONE

DUPPY

FLOWDAN

MANGA SAINT HILARE

NOVELIST

P MONEY

BEST DRILL ACT SUPPORTED BY TRENCH

CENTRAL CEE

HEADIE ONE

K-TRAP

KWENGFACE

M24

RUSS MILLIONS

TEEZANDOS

UNKNOWN T

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT (US)

DOJA CAT

DRAKE and 21 SAVAGE

TRAVIS SCOTT

ICE SPICE

LATTO

LIL UZI VERT

NICKI MINAJ

SEXYY RED

SZA

VICTORIA MONET

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM

ADJANI SALMON AS KWABENA - DREAMING WHILST BLACK

DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT - SNOWFALL

DÉJA J. BOWENS AS VITA - CHAMPION

IDRIS ELBA AS SAM - HIJACK

INDIA AMARTEIFIO AS QUEEN CHARLOTTE - QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY

JOHN BOYEGA AS FONTAINE - THEY CLONED TYRONE

LASHANA LYNCH AS IZOGIE - THE WOMAN KING

LETITIA WRIGHT AS SHURI - BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER

MALCOLM KAMULETE AS BOSCO - CHAMPION

VIVIAN OPARAH AS YAS - RYE LANE

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY SUPPORTED BY BET UK

ALISON HAMMOND

AMELIA DIMOLDENBERG

HENRIE KWUSHUE

MADAME JOYCE

MAYA JAMA

PRESSED PODCAST

REMI BURGZ

SHXTSNGIGS

SPECS GONZALEZ

ZEZE MILLZ

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOCO MUSIC

ADEKUNLE GOLD (NIGERIA)

ASAKE (NIGERIA)

AYRA STARR (NIGERIA)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DAVIDO (NIGERIA)

LIBIANCA (CAMEROON)

REMA (NIGERIA)

TYLA (SOUTH AFRICA)

UNCLE WAFFLES (ESWATINI)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

BEST CARIBBEAN MUSIC ACT

BYRON MESSIA

DESTRA

KABAKA PYRAMID

POPCAAN

SHENSEEA

VALIANT

BEST JAZZ ACT SUPPORTED BY JAZZ FM

BLUE LAB BEATS (UK)

CKTRL (UK)

EZRA COLLECTIVE (UK)

MASEGO (US)

REUBEN JAMES (UK)

YAZMIN LACEY (UK)

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSHALL

ALT BLK ERA

ARLO PARKS

DEIJUVHS

KID BOOKIE

SKINDRED

YOUNG FATHERS

BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT SUPPORTED BY BEMA and MIXMAG

ALUNA

NIA ARCHIVES

PINKPANTHERESS

SALUTE

SHYGIRL

TSHA

BEST PRODUCER SUPPORTED BY COMPLEX UK

INFLO

KYLE EVANS

M1ONTHEBEAT

P2J

STEEL BANGLEZ

TSB

BEST GOSPEL ACT SUPPORTED BY PREMIER GOSPEL

ANNATORIA (UK)

CALLEDOUT MUSIC (UK)

GUVNA B (UK)

LIMOBLAZE (NIGERIA)

TOFUNMI ADORNA (UK)

TRIPLE O (UK)