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ML Hammer95
post Oct 19 2017, 01:31 PM
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The nominations for the 2017 MOBO Awards were announced this week, and leading up to the ceremony in November the R&B Forum will be running a series of polls to figure out who should be winning the awards! First up is Best Song, a heavily competitive category but I think this year they picked five very strong songs. The songs are as follows:

J Hus - Did You See
Kojo Funds ft. Abra Cadabra - Dun Talkin'
Not3s - Addison Lee
Stormzy - Big For Your Boots
Yungen ft. Yxng Bane - Bestie

I think maybe 'No Don' could have crept in, but apart from that I think they picked the strongest five. Addison Lee has been a huge underground anthem that has crossed over, Dun' Talkin is the underground hit of the year (and the chart hit that never was), while these nominated songs saw J Hus and Yungen achieve their first Top 10 hits and cemented Stormzy as a national treasure.

I think Did You See should win overall, but don't rule out the impact of Addison Lee. What does everyone else think?

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post Oct 19 2017, 01:41 PM
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I think Did You See , Bestie , or Big For Your Boots will win

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post Oct 19 2017, 06:15 PM
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My fave of those is Bestie but I imagine Big For Your Boots will win. Addison Lee is a good tune too, dislike the other 2.
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post Oct 19 2017, 06:25 PM
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Big For Your Boots is my fave by far wub.gif
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post Oct 19 2017, 06:38 PM
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Has to be Bestie for me but I can see Big For Your Boots nabbing it.
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post Oct 19 2017, 07:09 PM
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Bestie for me, but I think Stormzy will take it
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post Oct 19 2017, 09:03 PM
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Stormzy is the only choice! The only other song that's nominated that would be deserving is "Did You See" but I think Stormzy is going to clean up in every category. A bit disappointed that there's no Stefflon/female representation in this category though.
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post Oct 19 2017, 09:04 PM
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I think and hope for Stormzy!
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post Oct 19 2017, 09:21 PM
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QUOTE(THEO. @ Oct 19 2017, 10:03 PM) *
Stormzy is the only choice! The only other song that's nominated that would be deserving is "Did You See" but I think Stormzy is going to clean up in every category. A bit disappointed that there's no Stefflon/female representation in this category though.


I do think Finders Keepers could have been nominated, but maybe the Stefflon Don one hasn't been out long enough. I do think it would have been harsh to exclude any of the five nominated.
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post Oct 19 2017, 09:49 PM
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I think Big For Your Boots *.*
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post Oct 19 2017, 10:31 PM
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Loving the female representation.
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post Oct 19 2017, 11:02 PM
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I love Big For Your Boots and Bestie, so either of those, but the former is my favourite in this list.
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post Oct 20 2017, 08:00 PM
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Never actually heard that Dun Talkin song ohmy.gif

Voted for Big For Your Boots as my fave as I still go back to it quite often but Did You See is great too and would also make a great winner. I like Bestie & Addison Lee a lot too but not as much as those two...
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post Oct 20 2017, 08:13 PM
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Big for your Boots and Stormzy have defined 2017 for urban music surely!
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post Oct 21 2017, 12:04 PM
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QUOTE(ML Hammer95 @ Oct 19 2017, 10:21 PM) *
I do think Finders Keepers could have been nominated, but maybe the Stefflon Don one hasn't been out long enough. I do think it would have been harsh to exclude any of the five nominated.

I've literally never even heard of "Dun Talkin". At least "Addison Lee" which wasn't a chart hit I've heard. There's clearly an underlying issue here and in many music awards with 'gender neutral' categories - I can't think of any major categories at major awards ceremonies recently that haven't included male artists so why is it okay to exclude female artists?
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post Oct 21 2017, 12:27 PM
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QUOTE(THEO. @ Oct 21 2017, 01:04 PM) *
I've literally never even heard of "Dun Talkin". At least "Addison Lee" which wasn't a chart hit I've heard. There's clearly an underlying issue here and in many music awards with 'gender neutral' categories - I can't think of any major categories at major awards ceremonies recently that haven't included male artists so why is it okay to exclude female artists?


Yes, but 'Dun Talkin' was a huge underground hit - music that deserves recognition by award ceremonies like the MOBOs. It's got over 13 million views on YouTube for example and it's a song I've heard consistently throughout 2017. For black music, it has been one of the defining songs of the last twelve months. And like I've said, the MOBOs aren't there to reward the five biggest urban chart hits. Look at last years winner ('Robbery' by Abra Cadabra & Krept & Konan) and I guarantee only a handful of Buzzjack members have heard that song.

I don't think the MOBOs can really be accused of gender bias either - the Best Newcomer award is full of female artists who could win that award (Mabel, Jorja Smith, Stefflon Don). Best Song is a narrow field and if it was as wide as other categories I guarantee female-led songs would have been shortlisted.
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post Oct 21 2017, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE(ML Hammer95 @ Oct 21 2017, 01:27 PM) *
I don't think the MOBOs can really be accused of gender bias either - the Best Newcomer award is full of female artists who could win that award (Mabel, Jorja Smith, Stefflon Don). Best Song is a narrow field and if it was as wide as other categories I guarantee female-led songs would have been shortlisted.

A bit of a void point when there's still over 50% male representation in that category. There's also no females in the Best Album category (something that was seen at the Brits this year as well). If it's that difficult for the panel to put through a minimum of one female artist to ALL the major categories, then I think they're void. Taking the nominees from Best Female, Emeli Sandé, Jessie Ware, Mabel, NAO or Stefflon Don could easily have been put forward for Best Album just for the representation.
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post Oct 21 2017, 12:47 PM
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QUOTE(THEO. @ Oct 21 2017, 01:37 PM) *
A bit of a void point when there's still over 50% male representation in that category. There's also no females in the Best Album category (something that was seen at the Brits this year as well). If it's that difficult for the panel to put through a minimum of one female artist to ALL the major categories, then I think they're void. Taking the nominees from Best Female, Emeli Sandé, Jessie Ware, Mabel, NAO or Stefflon Don could easily have been put forward for Best Album just for the representation.


Equally, there shouldn't be 'token representation' for these categories either. Artists should not be put forward 'just for the representation' as you've put it. I definitely don't think the point about Best Newcomer is a 'void point' either when I think it's highly likely a female artist will win that award. The type of argument you are proposing means that if there were female nominees in each category but no winners then that would be equally taken as evidence of sexism.

Also, looking at last year's nominees for Best Song there were songs by Jorja Smith, M.O. and appearances by Beyoncé and Zara Larsson in an admittedly bigger field. If the field was as big this year then at least Stefflon Don and Mabel would have made it on.
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