Lady Leshurr – creator of the Queen’s Speech freestyle series – will bring a powerhouse performance to this year’s Mobo Awards, and she could walk away with the Best Female Act gong too.
The 27-year-old Birmingham MC (real name Melesha O’Garro) will be joined by Craig David, Laura Mvula, Tinie Tempah and Chase & Status at the celebrations at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday November 4.
The awards ceremony, celebrating music of black origin in the UK, was launched in 1996 and counts Stormzy, Drake and Ella Eyre among its winners. Ahead of the Glasgow event, there will be a pre-awards night in London featuring jazz, gospel, African and R&B performers.
It has been a year since Lady Leshurr’s first Mobo nomination – for Best Hip Hop Act – and she’s been pretty busy in the meantime. Following her hit single Where Are You Now? featuring Wiley, she is now working on her debut album.
She faces competition from Katy B, Laura Mvula, Little Simz and Nao to be named Best Female Act.
Wiley will also be at the event, which will be broadcast live on ITV2, for his first time in four years, returning with his dance outfit Eskimo Dance.
Musicians making their Mobo stage debuts this year will include Popcaan.
Already boasting Drake as a fan, he will be up against Alkaline, Kranium, Potoje and Spice to scoop the award for Best Reggae Act – the title he won last year.