Estelle and Duffy to go head-to-head at Mobo Awards after scoring Best Female nominations
British singers Estelle and Duffy will battle it out at this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards after receiving nominations for Best Female.
The American Boy star has previously criticised the heavy promotion of white singers performing black music.
She has said: 'I'm not mad at them, but I'm wondering - how the hell is there not a single black person in the press singing soul?'
Estelle scored five nominations in total, including Best Album, Song, R&B/Soul and Video.
She received more nominations than X Factor star Leona Lewis, who is up for Best U.K. Female, Best Video and Best Album categories.
Londoner Estelle's career soared to new heights only after she went to the US and signed to a record label there.
Her single American Boy was a massive success and she was nominated for the Mercury Prize for the album Shine.
But Estelle lost out to Elbow, who won last night's Mercury Prize with their fourth album The Seldom Seen Kid.
This year's Mobo Awards see Dizzee Rascal up for Best Song and Hip-Hop as well as Best Male, the category he scooped last year.
International Mobo nominees include Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo, Usher, Akon and Alicia Keys.
Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, Wiley and Sway join Dizzee Rascal in the category of Best Male.
US acts usually dominate the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop categories but British stars Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Estelle and Jay Sean have made inroads this year.
Mobos chief executive Kanya King said there were still 'barriers' preventing stars of British black music from reaching the top.
She said: 'Hip Hop and R&B have emerged as popular music, not just genres beloved by a minority and British artists are at the forefront.
'It's fantastic to see artists like Estelle, who Mobo championed early on, get their due.
'I'd like to call on the music industry to keep up the good work and capitalise on this. There are still barriers out there.
'Estelle had to go to America to really break through and be given her big chance. The talent is undoubtedly here, let's get behind them.'
Mel B, who last presented the Mobos in 1999, is back as host, saying: 'I am really excited to be returning as host to this year's awards ceremony.
'I have witnessed the rise of Estelle and Leona Lewis in the US, and 2008 has been an incredible year for Music of Black Origin on both sides of the Atlantic.'
The 13th annual awards will be co-hosted by Rev Run at Wembley Arena in London on October 15 and winners are voted for by the public.
Nominations for the 2008 Mobo Awards:
Best UK Female
Best UK Male
Best UK Newcomer
Best International Act
Mary J Blige
Best African Act
D'Banj Mo Hits All Stars
Hip Hop Pantsula
American Boy - Estelle
Dance Wiv Me - Dizzee Rascal
Lollipop - Lil' Wayne
Low - Flo Rida
Wearing My Rolex - Wiley
Best Hip Hop
Kidulthood To Adulthood - Bashy
American Boy - Estelle
Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
Stryderman - Tinchy Stryder
Heartbreaker - Will.i.am
As I Am - Alicia Keys
Shine - Estelle
Spirit - Leona Lewis
The Carter III - Lil' Wayne
Here I Stand - Usher
Best Radio DJ
Ace and Invisible
Best Club DJ
Friday, September 12, 2008
12 Sept: Estelle and Duffy to go head-to-head at Mobo Awards after scoring Best Female nominations
The Daily Mail had this story (which has by now appeared in many places all over the internet).