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R&B star Beyonce Knowles leads the way at this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards with four nominations.

She is up against Mary J Blige and Nelly Furtado for best international female artist. Her other nods are for best song, best video and best R&B act.

UK talents Corinne Bailey Rae and Kano have three nominations each. Sway, Beverley Knight, Nate James and Alesha Dixon are also shortlisted.

The London ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC Three on 20 September.

The ceremony will be held at the Royal Albert Hall and presented by comedian Gina Yashere.

Big winner

Sway won best hip-hop act at last year's Mobos
This year sees the addition of four new categories - best UK female, best UK male, best international male and best international female.

Corinne Bailey Rae, who won the BBC News website's Sound of 2006 survey, is up for the best UK female artist prize alongside former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, Jamelia and Keisha White.

She is also nominated for best song for Put Your Records On, and also for best newcomer along with Fundamental 03, Lady Sovereign, Plan B and Soundbwoy.

UK garage performer Kano is nominated for best UK male artist, best hip-hop act and best video.

He will compete against Mercury Music Prize-nominated rapper Sway in the best hip-hop category, with Akala, Busta Rhymes, and Kayne West.

Best group nominations go to Black Eyed Peas, Gnarls Barkley, OutKast, Pussycat Dolls and The Streets.

Lemar - who was the only act to win two awards at last year's ceremony - is nominated just once this year, in the best UK male category.

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