Emeli Sande and Plan B are set to battle it out at for Mobo domination after landing five nominations each for this year’s awards.

Emeli could scoop Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Video, Best Song and Best Album.

RIP singer and X Factor guest judge Rita Ora and singer/producer Labrinth are hot on their tails with each having a shot at taking home four gongs.

The Best International Act category is a showcase of the biggest names in urban music sees husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé face off for Best International Act alongside Azealia Banks, Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Ne-yo, Rick Ross and Rihanna all up against each other.

This year for the first time the ‘Best Song in association with PRS for Music’ category only includes songs performed and (co-) written by the artist and includes Ed Sheeran for Lego House, Emeli Sandé for Next To Me, Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah for Earthquake, Michael Kiwanuka for I’ll Get Along and Plan B for Ill Manors. According to Guy Fletcher OBE, Chairman PRS ‘“It is a privilege to present the Best Song category, especially as all nominees are from the UK. The impressive output from home-grown talent in the last twelve months has been substantial and enjoyed by millions around the world. This award reinforces why the UK continues to be such a vital place for music creators and writers.”

MOBO Founder Kanya King MBE; “We are very excited about the nominations for the 17th MOBO Awards. The talent this year has been truly exceptional and we are so proud to be flying the flag for urban music which has again been dominating the charts in the past MOBO Music year. Good luck to all those nominated! We can hardly wait for the big event on Saturday 3rd November at the Echo Arena Liverpool.”

Voting for the 17th Annual MOBO Awards opens today (17th Sept.) at 8pm – visit www.mobo.com/voting

Arena and VIP tickets for the MOBO Awards on Saturday 3rd November at the Echo Arena Liverpool can be purchased at www.mobo.com

Best female in association with Tresor Paris’
• Emeli Sande
• Jessie J
• Jessie Ware
• Rebecca Ferguson
• Rita Ora
• Tulisa

Best male
• Ed Sheeran
• Labrinth
• Plan B
• Professor Green
• Rizzle Kicks
• Wiley

Best Newcomer in association with HTC’
• Alunageorge
• Angel
• Conor Maynard
• Delilah
• Jessie Ware
• Lianne La Havas
• Misha B
• Rita Ora
• Rudimental
• Stooshe

Best R&B/soul act
• Angel
• Emeli Sande
• Labrinth
• Maverick Sabre
• Rebecca Ferguson

Best hip-hop/grime act
• Devlin
• Plan B
• Professor Green
• Wiley
• Wretch 32

Best video
• Emeli Sande – My Kind Of Love
• JLS – Do You Feel What I Feel
• Plan B – Ill Manors
• Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah – RIP
• Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump

Best Song in association with PRSforMusic
• Ed Sheeran – Lego House
• Emeli Sande – Next To Me
• Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah – Earthquake
• Michael Kiwanuka – I’ll Get Along
• Plan B – Ill Manors

Best album
• Ed Sheeran – +
• Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events
• Labrinth – Electronic Earth
• Plan B – Ill Manors
• Rita Ora – Ora

Best international act
• Azealia Banks
• Beyonce
• Drake
• Frank Ocean
• Jay-Z & Kanye West
• Nas
• Ne-yo Motown
• Nicki Minaj
• Rick Ross
• Rihanna

Best reggae act
• Damian Marley
• Konshens
• Mr Vegas
• Popcaan
• Sean Paul

Best jazz act
• Ayanna Witter-Johnson
• Femi Temowo
• Roller Trio
• Zara Mcfarlane
• Zoe Rahman

Best African act
• Amadou & Mariam
• Cabo Snoop
• Camp Mulla
• D’Banj
• Fally Ipupa
• Fatoumata Diawara
• P Square
• Sarkodie
• Spoek Mathambo
• The Very Best

Best gospel act
• El Mafrex
• Ni-cola
• Rachel Kerr
• RAM1
• V9 Collective