Dancehall artistes packed this year’s MOBO nominations for the reggae category.
Six Jamaicans have been nominated for Best Reggae Act by the Music Of Black Origins, MOBO, Awards slated for December 5. However, Jamaicans are not pleased that the awards franchise has mixed up Jamaican and Reggae artistes for a Reggae award.
The artistes nominated are reggae artiste Lila Ike and dancehall acts- Spice, Popcaan, Sean Paul, Shenseea, and Skillibeng.
The British-based awards, which seek to honor people of color in the entertainment industry, revealed the nominations on Thursday with hundreds of comments and retweets chiding Mobo awards for the grave error.
Some quick to call out Mobo Awards.
“SAY IT WITH ME: Reggae and Dancehall are NOT the same genre of music,” one person posted. Another offered context to Mobo as to why people were upset. “It’s like grouping Hip Hop and Country music as one genre.”
Another person pointed out that “it’s 2021 and people still think every artist from Jamaica sing reggae.”
Mobo Awards have not reacted to the post as yet, but that has not stopped the commentary from making fun of the researchers working for the awards show.
“Never hear one reggae artist scream’ skin out mi pum pum’ from mi born..who does the research at Mobos I just need a word?” one person said with laughing emojis, clearing referencing Spice for her song “So Mi Like It” that has the exact lyric quoted.
Another commenter also pointed out a long list of young artistes who could have made the reggae cut, including Chronixx, Sevana, Runkus, Kabaka Pyramid, Jaz Elise, Jesse Royal, Protoje, among others.
While the mistake is hard to reconcile, some artists have actually been grouped under reggae in spaces like the United States, where music by Jamaican artists are streamed under one banner, which is reggae music.
While the nuances between the genres are apparent, and Jamaicans might find the list of nominees by Mobo disrespectful to true reggae artists, it is apparent that Mobo might not be aware of the difference and how stark it is.
None of the artists nominated have responded.
2021 Mobo full nominations:
Best reggae act
Lila IkePopcaanSean PaulShenseeaSkillibengSpice
Best male act
AJ TraceyCentral CeeDaveGhettsHeadie OnePotter Payper
Best female act
Arlo ParksBree RunwayCleo SolLittle SimzShayboTiana Major9
Album of the year
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in SunbeamsCeleste – Not Your MuseCleo Sol – MotherDave – We’re All Alone in This TogetherGhetts – Conflict of InterestHeadie One – Edna
Song of the year
A1 x J1 – Latest TrendsCentral Cee – Commitment IssuesDave – Clash (feat Stormzy)Enny – Peng Black Girls (feat Amia Brave)Pa Salieu – My Family (feat BackRoad Gee)Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body (remix feat ArrDee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1, ZT & Fivio Foreign)
Arlo ParksArrDeeBackRoad GeeBerwynCentral CeeEnnyJoy CrookesMidas the JagabanPinkPantheressWes Nelson
Video of the year
Bree Runway – Hot HotFredo – Money Talks (feat Dave)Little Simz – Woman (feat Cleo Sol)M1llionz – LaggaPa Salieu – My Family (feat BackRoad Gee)Slowthai – Mazza (feat A$AP Rocky)
Best R&B/soul act
BellahCleo SolJorja SmithSaultTiana Major9Wstrn
Best grime act
Bugzy MaloneChipD Double EFriscoGhettsSkepta
Best hip-hop act
DaveD-Block EuropeFredoLittle SimzPotter PayperSlowthai
Best drill act
Central CeeDigga DHeadie OneK TrapLoskiM1llionzRuss MillionsSRTion WayneUnknown T
Best international act
Doja CatDrakeKanye WestLil Nas XMegan Thee StallionPolo GRemaSkillibengWizkidYoung Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna)
Best performance in a TV show/film
Ashley Thomas – ThemDamson Idris – SnowfallDaniel Kaluuya – Judas & the Black MessiahLetitia Wright – Small AxeMicheal Ward – Small Axe
Best media personality
Charlene WhiteChunkz & Yung FillyHarry PineroHenrie KwushueJulie AdenugaMaya JamaMo GilliganMunya ChawawaNella RoseZeze Millz
Best gospel act
CalledOut MusicCece WinansGuvna BKirk FranklinMaverick City MusicSO
Best African music act
Ayra StarrBurna BoyCkayDavidoKing PromiseNSGRemaTemsTiwa SavageWizkid
Best jazz act
Alfa MistBlue Lab BeatsEmma-Jean ThackrayJacob CollierNubiyan TwistSons of Kemet