Kanye West Grabs 7 MOBO Nominations

Honors set for Sept. 30 in London.

With a record seven nominations, hip-hop star Kanye West is the frontrunner for the ninth annual MOBO Awards, to be held Sept. 30 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

West's debut solo album, "College Dropout" (Roc-A-Fella), is nominated for best album, and his "All Falls Down" is up for best video and single. He is also a nominee in the best hip-hop and best producer categories and is in contention for best collaboration with two Atlantic recordings: "Talk About Our Love" with Brandy and "Slow Jamz" with Twista.

Following her nomination last month for the prestigious 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize, British R&B singer Jamelia is honored with MOBO nominations in three categories. The Parlophone artist is up for U.K. act of the year, and her tracks "Thank You" and "See It in a Boy's Eyes" are up for best single and best video, respectively.

The public will vote on the majority of the 18 award categories. The as-yet-unannounced outstanding achievement and lifetime achievement award winners will be decided by a MOBO-appointed panel.

N.E.R.D. frontman Farrell will host the ceremony, which will air on public broadcaster the BBC as part of a new three-year arrangement. BBC One will televise the awards gala and additional programming will be transmitted on other BBC channels including Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

The MOBO brand will expand into the Netherlands this year. The inaugural Dutch MOBO Awards have been set for Oct. 2.
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