Knucks leads the best way on the Mobo Awards with 5 nominations, whereas Mercury Prize winner Little Simz is shut behind with 4.
The annual occasion, which celebrates music of black origin, will mark its twenty fifth anniversary later in November with a particular ceremony on the OVO Enviornment Wembley.
London rapper and producer Knucks, whose music combines rap and jazz, secured nods in classes together with album of the 12 months for Alpha Place, finest male act and finest hip hop act.
A 12 months after profitable the Mobo for finest feminine act, Little Simz scooped 4 nominations, together with album of the 12 months for Generally I May Be Introvert, her critically acclaimed fourth document.
That work received her the Mercury Prize in October, with judges hailing it as “achieved and sophisticated but totally accessible”.
Chart-topping west London drill rapper Central Cee additionally acquired 4 nominations, together with finest drill act.
The 24-year outdated received the Mobo for finest newcomer and the inaugural drill award final 12 months.
The nominations additionally noticed rapper Ivorian Doll change into the primary feminine artist to be nominated within the drill class.
Different nominees embrace Dave, D-Block Europe, Digga D, Mahalia, Ms Banks and PinkPantheress.
This 12 months organisers have launched two new classes – finest various music act, recognising these working in indie, rock and punk, and finest dance/digital act, celebrating genres resembling jungle, drum and bass, home and techno.
Mobo founder Kanya King stated: “At present’s announcement really exhibits what a bumper 12 months it has been for the scene.
“It’s a proud second to see Mobo as soon as once more recognise and honour the luminaries and tip the celebs of the long run.
“That is what it means after we say ‘honouring the previous, inspiring the long run’.”
King added that they’re “proud to announce the addition of two new classes to recognise the breadth of black tradition’s affect on a wide range of music genres and welcome extra rising stars, forward of what is going to be a really unmissable celebration of our 25 years”.
The inaugural Mobo Awards befell in 1996 at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, and the trophies have change into a lot sought-after amongst these in music.
The hosts and performers for the awards ceremony on November 30 are but to be introduced.