In Profile: Best Male Nominees 2012

What do you know about the nominees for the 2012 Best Male Award? Allow us to introduce you to our top five...


Labrinth is one of this year’s leading nominees and is up for four MOBO Awards. The Hackney-born singer/songwriter has enjoyed chart success with songs ‘Let the Sun Shine’, ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Last Time’. Following a flurry of well-performing singles, Lab released his debut album Electronic Earth in April this year, and the record rocketed to No.2 in the UK Albums Chart. He sold out his debut UK tour earlier this year demonstrating his widespread popularity. As a producer the East Londoner has assisted several artists including Tinie Tempah, Ms Dynamite, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Emeli Sande, and the Gorillaz. This summer the naturally-gifted musician hit the stage alongside his live band at festivals all over the UK, performing to packed-out crowds at Wireless, Parklife, G-Fest, BBC Hackney Weekend, Global Gathering, and others. Vote now!

Ed Sheeran

Notorious for his characteristic red hair and strumming the guitar strapped over his shoulder, Ed Sheeran’s presence on the music scene has been unmissable. The lead single from his debut album ‘The A Team’ was an international chart topper, and finished as the best selling debut single and the overall eighth best selling single of 2011. The British singer/songwriter released his debut album + in September last year, and it included the hit singles ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’, ‘Lego House’ and ‘Drunk’. Unsurprisingly, + smashed the UK Albums Chart and positioned at No.1. Loved by fans across the globe, Ed recently performed at the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Vote now!

Plan B

East Londoner Plan B has proved he is a man of many talents. After releasing the thought-provoking lead single in March, Plan B dropped his third album Ill Manors. Soundtrack to the British drama film Ill Manors – a work written and directed by the rapper himself – the album launched in at No.1 and became the musician’s second album to top the charts. The soul-infused track ‘Lost My Way’ was named Hottest Record by the BBC, and the album’s third single ‘Deepest Shame’ dominated radio airwaves. While proving his strengths as a film-maker and actor, Plan B remains an important political voice in the UK scene. Vote now!

Professor Green

Following a successful debut album, Professor Green released At Your Convenience in October last year. The Hackney-born musician’s second studio album, the record proved popular and charted at No.3 in the UK. The powerful lead single ‘Read All About It’ featuring vocals from Emeli Sande – a track the pair performed at last year’s MOBO Award ceremony – rightly reached the No.1 spot. The music video has since clocked up almost 20 million views on YouTube. ‘Remedy’ and Pro Green’s recent track ‘Avalon’ also feature on his latest album. Just Be Good To Green… and vote now!


Wiley is a veteran in the urban music scene. Popularly known for his Top Ten hits ‘Wearing My Rolex’ and ‘Never Be Your Woman’, the artist released his ninth studio album Evolve Or Be Extinct at the beginning of the year. This material proved Wiley is one of the most prolific artists the UK has to offer. Wiley recently secured his first UK No.1 with the summer smash ‘Heatwave’, and the YouTube video to this track exceeded two million views within just four weeks of the song being posted. Wiley has recruited Boy Better Know brothers Skepta and JME to jump on his follow up single ‘Can You Hear Me’, a tune that is quickly receiving airplay. Vote now!

Rizzle Kicks

Over the past twelve months the cheeky pop duo have blessed the scene with their infectious style, loveable personalities and quirky fashions. Jordan and Harley released their debut studio album Stereo Typical in October last year – a record which has since sold over 300,000 copies in the UK. The album includes the catchy hit single ‘When I Was A Youngster’, as well as the pair’s highest-charting hit to date, the Fatboy Slim-produced ‘Mama Do the Hump’ – a track which peaked at No.2. The Brighton boys played their first headline tour earlier this year, and performed in Hyde Park in front of 80,000 people to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay Final. Not only engaging performers, Rizzle Kicks play an active part in the creation of their music, writing all of their songs. Vote now!


Sally Murrills