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Monday, 2 September, 2002, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Ms Dynamite blows Mobos away
Ms Dynamite
Ms Dynamite has had two UK top 10 singles
One of the UK's fastest-rising musical talents, garage singer Ms Dynamite, has been given a record-equalling six nominations for this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards.

The nominations come after a year in which she has burst onto the scene with two top 10 singles and a Mercury-nominated debut album.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys has four nominations
She has been named on the Mobo shortlists for categories including best album, UK act of the year, best single and best R&B act.

The Mobo Awards, now in their seventh year, honour "all types of music from urban culture".

US singer-songwriter sensation Alicia Keys and hip-hop star Ja Rule follow Ms Dynamite with four nominations each.

Another fast-rising singer who has become a star in her native US, Ashanti, has three solo nominations - but features on other songs with four nominations.

 Click here to watch a clip of Ms Dynamite perform It Takes More on Top of the Pops

Ms Dynamite, 21 - real name Naomi McLean-Daley - is one of 11 brothers and sisters from north London.

So Solid Crew performing at the Mobos 2001
So Solid Crew won two prizes in 2001
Her other nominations are for best video for her debut single, It Takes More, and best newcomer.

In 1999, Craig David earned a record six nominations and went on to win three awards.

Last year's biggest winners, the controversial garage group So Solid Crew, have been named in two categories this time - best UK garage act and UK act of the year.

The other artists vying to be named UK act of the year are chart-toppers Sugababes, soul singer Beverley Knight, dance maestro Daniel Bedingfield and female garage trio Mis-Teeq.

In the best album category, Ms Dynamite faces competition from Ashanti, Ja Rule, five-time Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and The Streets, whose hip-hop debut was highly acclaimed by critics.


We're back waving the union flag but, as always, with an ear Stateside

Kanya King
Mobo founder
The awards will be presented at the London Arena on 1 October.

Founder and organiser Kanya King said the Mobos were supporting UK talent - but there was also a strong line-up of US acts.

"We're back waving the union flag but, as always, with an ear Stateside," she said.

"This year's line-up reflects the emergence of strong domestic talents."

Craig David at the Mobos 2000
Craig David won a trio of awards in 2000
The Mobos have become one of the biggest music awards in the UK's calendar as the styles of music it covers have been embraced into the mainstream.

They were first held in 1996, but the 2001 ceremony was the biggest so far.

In 2001, So Solid Crew and US R&B singer Usher won two awards each.

Beverley Knight, who is also in the running for the Mercury Prize, won three awards in 1999.

The ceremony also honours the best in world, gospel, jazz and reggae.

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