Tinie Tempah heads Mobo nominations
Rapper Tinie Tempah has headed the nominations for this year's Mobo Awards ahead of other urban stars as shortlists were announced.
The 21-year-old Frisky hitmaker, from south London, is up for four gongs - the highest tally of any act for the 2010 awards.
Chart stars Professor Green, N-Dubz, Dizzee Rascal and Plan B all find themselves up for three titles at the event, which takes place at Liverpool's Echo Arena next month.
Tempah - real name Patrick Okogwu - will compete for the titles of best newcomer, best UK act, best song and best video.
Also competing for best UK act are a lengthy list of nominees who include Jay Sean, Tinchy Stryder, N-Dubz, JLS, Dizzee, Plan B and Leona Lewis.
The best album prize will be fought out between Plan B's The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, JLS's JLS, N-Dubz's Against All Odds, Chipmunk's I Am Chipmunk and Dizzee's Tongue n' Cheek.
This year's bash takes place on October 20.
Members of the public will have the chance to vote for a number of categories at www.mobo.com.
Awards founder Kanya King said: "I am very proud of the level of talent in the UK today and extremely pleased with the dominance of Mobo music artists in the charts both here and in the US, what a massive change compared to when we started 15 years ago.
"In the past year alone we have seen two out of every three number one hits was from urban artists."