MOBO Awards 2024: Host Indiyah Polack dazzles in a silver jewelled gown as she joins Beverly Knight, Sanam Harrinanan and Jessica Ennis-Hill on the red carpet at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena
The 2024 MOBO Awards kicked off at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield on Wednesday night, with some of the industry’s biggest stars in attendance for the ceremony.
Among the glitzy arrivals was host Indiyah Polack, who certainly dazzled as she arrived in an eye-catching silver gown, alongside fellow guests Beverley Knight, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Love Island’s Sanam Harrinanan.
Stormzy and Raye are among the nominees battling it out for coveted gongs at the ceremony, with Babtunde Aleshe, Indiyah Polack and Zeze Mills acting as hosts.
Ahead of acting as host of the ceremony, Indiyah put on a showstopping display in a dramatic sheer silver gown adorned with jewels.
The former Love Island star posed up a storm with her presenting partner Babetunde Aleshe, before reuniting with her boyfriend Dami Hope.
The former Love Island star posed up a storm with her presenting partner Babetunde Aleshe
Ahead of acting as host of the ceremony, Indiyah put on a showstopping display in a dramatic sheer silver gown adorned with jewels and a flowing train
Proudly supporting his girlfriend Indiyah, Dami put on a snazzy display in a white trouser suit as he arrived for the swanky event.
Beverley showed off her ageless physique in a black midi dress with cut-out detailing, teamed with matching platform heels.
The legendary hitmaker accessorised her look with a red clutch bag as she made her way along the red carpet.
Love Island winner Sanam was accompanied by her boyfriend Kai Fagan, with the couple proving their romance is still stronger than ever.
The reality star showed off her svelte physique in a wine-coloured fishtail gown with frilled detailing.
Olympic gold medallist Jessica showed off her incredible figure in a form-fitting black velvet gown with a daring thigh-high split.
The heptathlete’s dress was adorned with a diamante trim, and she teamed the look with a matching silver box clutch bag.
Speaking to The Sun on the red carpet, she said: ‘I feel so fortunate and lucky that I’ve been able to have a career with something that started off as a hobby for so many years, and then that extends to inspiring others and young girls to get into sport which is such an honour.
Indiyah also put on a cosy display with her boyfriend Dami Hope, after arriving in a dramatic silver sheer jewelled gown with a matching headpiece
Ever the supportive boyfriend, Dami let his girlfriend Indiyah take centre stage
Proudly supporting his girlfriend Indiyah, Dami Hope put on a snazzy display in a white trouser suit as he arrived for the swanky event
The Love Island star showed off his eye-catching sense of style in the double-breasted two-piece as he made an early arrival for the ceremony
Love Island winners Kai Fagan and Sanam Harrinanan put on a loved-up display as they headed into the event
The reality star showed off her svelte physique in a wine-coloured fishtail gown with frilled detailing
Beverly proved she’s barely aged a day since kickstarting her music career in the 1990s as she arrived for the awards in her fun black cut-out dress
The music legend accessorised her look with matching silver drop earrings
Olympic gold medallist Jessica showed off her incredible figure in a form-fitting black velvet gown with a daring thigh-high split
The heptathlete’s dress was adorned with a diamante trim, and she teamed the look with a matching silver box clutch bag
Love Island alumni Whitney Adebayo flaunted every inch of her eye-popping curves in a perilously plunging black gown with illusion detailing
The Sugababes’ Keisha Buchanan (centre), Mutya Buena (left) and Siobhan Donaghy (right) were among the arrivals
Keisha Buchanan , Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy posed up a storm as they headed into the ceremony together
In an unlikely collaboration, Jessica posed for snaps on the red carpet alongside the Sugababes ahead of the awards event
FLO, who last year scooped the coveted BRIT Rising Star Award, put on a glamorous display as they graced the red carpet
Host Babatunde was suited and booted as he arrived ahead of fronting the ceremony
JLS star Oritsé Williams cut a casual figure as he headed down the red carpet ahead of the ceremony
Boxer Johnny Nelson was accompanied by a female companion as they graced the red carpet together ahead of the ceremony
Jazzie B and Efua Bake were among a slew of stars in attendance for the ceremony
Poppy Ajudha put on a glamorous display in a plunging pale pink gown with a dramatic train as she posed for a slew of snaps
Bugzy Malone and Zol Geraghty were also among the stars in attendance for the awards
Esther Falana (left) put on a daring display in a sheer black lace gown, while Charlie Kamale dazzled in champagne sequins (right)
‘I never feel the pressure, it’s just an absolute privilege to be honest.’
The Sugababes’ Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy posed up a storm as they headed into the ceremony together.
While Keisha flashed her toned abs in a black crop top, Mutya opted for a daring black thigh-split gown, and Siobhan donned a chic pearl-studded blazer.
This year’s ceremony sees Stormzy and Little Simz receive the most nods after they were both nominated four times each.
For the first time in its history the 26th MOBO Awards in association with MOBOLISE. is taking place at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.
Acclaimed rapper Little Simz landed nominations for Best Female Act, Album of the Year, Video of The Year and Best Hip Hop Act.
In the Best Female category she is up against Flo, Jorja Smith, Mahalia, Pinkpatheress and Raye.
Simz won big at last year’s ceremony in London, taking Album of the Year in a joint win with Knucks, which saw a tie for the first time in MOBO history.
Elsewhere, grime superstar Stormzy is nominated for Best Male Act, Album of The Year, Song of The Year, Video of The Year.
The widely celebrated MC has won six MOBO Awards in his career, and was the first ever recipient of Best Grime Act when the category was introduced in 2014.
He is battling it out against Central Cee, Dave, D-Block Europe, J Hus, and Nines.
Following closely behind with three nominations each are Central Cee, J Hus, PinkPantheress and Raye.
Central Cee is up for Best Male Act, Song of The Year (supported by BBC Radio 1xtra) and Best Drill Act.
J Hus, the London rapper who has had a career defining year with the release of his third album Beautiful and Brutal Yard, also has three nominations; Best Male Act, Album of The Year and Song of The Year (supported by BBC Radio 1xtra).
Up for the coveted Album Of The Year are Central Cee & Dave’s Sprinter, Who Told You from J Hus. feat Drake, Little Things by Jorja Smith, Boys A Liar Pt. 2 by Pinkpantheress and Ice Spice, Escapism by Raye & 070 Shake, and Stormzy’s Hide and Seek.
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 artform 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.
Stormzy and Little Simz received the most nods at the 2024 MOBO Awards, when the full shortlist was revealed in December
Acclaimed rapper Little Simz landed nods for Best Female Act, Album of the Year, Video of The Year and Best Hip Hop Act
Following closely behind with three nominations each are Central Cee, J Hus, PinkPantheress and Raye (pictured)
‘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!’
With preparations underway for showstopping live music performances, there will also be special honours.
Performances from Soul II Soul, Ghetts, Sugababes, DJ Spoony, Cristale, and Byron M will entertain guests during the ceremony.
As well as the existing Paving The Way and Lifetime Achievement Award, MOBO will also introduce the MOBO Impact and MOBO Pioneer Award.
The 26th MOBO Awards: Access All Areas special, hosted by DJ Target, airs this Friday 9 February on BBC One, 11.30PM.
2024 MOBO Awards Nominations
BEST MALE ACT
BEST FEMALE ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHEA MOISTURE
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 & DAVE – ‘SPRINTER’
J HUS FEAT. DRAKE – ‘WHO TOLD YOU’
JORJA SMITH – ‘LITTLE THINGS’
PINKPANTHERESS & ICE SPICE – ‘BOYS A LIAR PT.2’
RAYE & 070 SHAKE – ‘ESCAPISM’
STORMZY – ‘HIDE & SEEK’
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&B/SOUL ACT
BEST HIP HOP ACT
BEST GRIME ACT
MANGA SAINT HILARE
BEST DRILL ACT SUPPORTED BY TRENCH
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT (US)
DRAKE & 21 SAVAGE
LIL UZI VERT
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
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOCO MUSIC
ADEKUNLE GOLD (NIGERIA)
AYRA STARR (NIGERIA)
BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)
TYLA (SOUTH AFRICA)
UNCLE WAFFLES (ESWATINI)
BEST CARIBBEAN MUSIC ACT
BEST JAZZ ACT SUPPORTED BY JAZZ FM
BLUE LAB BEATS (UK)
EZRA COLLECTIVE (UK)
REUBEN JAMES (UK)
YAZMIN LACEY (UK)
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARSHALL
ALT BLK ERA
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT SUPPORTED BY BEMA & MIXMAG