The MOBO awards are fast approaching and there is great hype about what the awards ceremony will bring. Numerous artists have received many nominations and they all hope to be recognised at the ceremony by securing a MOBO award. The awards were created to recognise people of black origin in the music business. MOBO stands for Music of Black Origin and the awards were established in 1995 by Kanya King MBE and Andy Ruffell; the awards ceremony is held on an annual basis in the UK. Many artists strive to be recognised at the ceremony and they are recognised as being prestigious awards.
News has spread that one MOBO nominee has lost his nomination after it was revealed that he was a convicted rapist. The reggae artist Jah Cure has seen his nomination taken away after organisers discovered this information. The organisers of the ceremony have refused to discuss this but it is believed that they withdrew the nomination as they could not be associated with a criminal of this nature.
The thirty three year old artist was given a prison sentence in Jamaica in 1999 after he was found guilty of a gunpoint assault. Siccature Alcock who produces music under the name Jah Cure was released from prison in 2007.
It is believed that the organisers of the MOBO awards were aware that the artist had a conviction but they were unaware of the severity of the crime. The awards ceremony will be held in Glasygow in October.
Now that Jah Cure has been stripped of his nomination there are just four remaining nominees for the best reggae act award. The nominees still in the running are Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.
This is not the first time that artists have been stripped of their nominations for MOBO awards. In 2004 Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man both lost their nominations after they refused to apologise for using homophobic lyrics.