R&B stars Beyonce Knowles, Big Brovaz and newcomer Terri Walker lead the field for this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards, with four nominations each.
Beyonce Knowles scored a global hit with Crazy In Love
Former Destiny's Child star Beyonce is up for best album, best single and best video as well as best R&B act.
As the popularity of R&B, hip-hop and reggae have risen in recent years, the Mobo Awards have become the main prizes for black music.
The majority of awards are voted for by the public.
The ceremony was first held eight years ago and stars from around the world attend the annual event.
But a number of last year's big winners - including Ms Dynamite, Alicia Keys and Ja Rule - are absent from this year's nominations.
Big Brovaz, a six-piece collective from south London, have been shortlisted for best UK act, album, video and newcomer.
British female trio Mis-Teeq - who won best garage act last year - have sustained their appeal, picking up three nominations this time including UK act of the year.
Mercury Award nominees Terri Walker, Dizzee Rascal and Floetry all feature in the best newcomer category.
Walker also received nominations for best album, best UK act and best R&B artist.
Chart-topping Jamaican star Sean Paul is continuing his steep rise to fame by being nominated for best reggae artists - which he won last year.
Jay-Z shares two of Beyonce's nominations for their collaboration, Crazy In Love, but also makes it into the nominations as a solo rap star.
He will compete against the likes of Busta Rhymes, Eminem and 50 Cent in the best hip-hop category.
Kelly Rowland will compete with her former Destiny's Child bandmate Beyonce for best R&B act, and is also shortlisted for her collaboration with Nelly on his single Dilemma.
This year's ceremony will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 25 September.