International R&B stars Leona Lewis and Estelle lead this year’s MOBO awards with at least three nominations a piece including Best Album and Best Video. Set for October 15th, the 13th Annual MOBO Awards hosted by Reverend Run will take place at Wembley in London. Estelle who recently lost the coveted Mercury Prize has been nominated for five awards including Best UK Female, Best Album, Best Song, Best R&B/Soul and Best Video. Not far behind, Leona Lewis who stormed onto the charts with “Bleeding Love,” picked up three nominations including Best Female, Best Album and Best Video. Lewis became the first British woman to reach number one in the US singles charts for more than twenty years earlier this year. Kanye West, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige, Usher, Akon, Rihanna and Alicia Keys will also face off in the International category. Jay Sean and Taio Cruz have been nominated for Best Male. MOBO (Music of Black Origin) winners will be selected by fans who vote through the organization’s website.
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