Comedian Babatúndé Aléshé and presenter Indiyah Polack will co-host the show.
Little Simz and Stormzy lead the pack with four nominations each at the ceremony while DJ Spoony, Byron Messia and Soul II Soul have been announced to perform, with many more acts to be added very soon.
Babatúndé said: “This is just massive and I am so honoured. The MOBO Awards are something you grow up watching and now to be able to say I’m a part of it… it’s an amazing feeling. Indiyah and I are gonna bring some VIBES!”
Indiyah said: “Having watched the MOBO Awards since I was young, then getting to present an award last year, to now hosting the show with Babatúndé… this is like the hugest job ever, and I’m excited! There are so many artists I listen to that have been nominated as well, so it’s going to be a real ‘pinch me’ moment on the night.”
MOBO Founder Kanya King CBE said: “We are thrilled to announce Babatúndé Aléshé and Indiyah Polack as the charismatic hosts for the 26th MOBO Awards. They share such energy and chemistry, as I saw for myself when we met, and it will be a dynamic combination for the vibrant and spectacular awards show.
I know they will pull out all the stops on the night! It has been hard not to let slip that DJ Spoony will lead a landmark performance celebrating 30 years of UK Garage, promising some special surprises. Byron Messia, dancehall’s golden boy will light up the stage, while Soul II Soul, our MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, will honour us with their timeless sound that has shaped British music. Some more great names in the pipeline……watch this space! It will be a historic night where music, culture, and outstanding talent converge at the MOBO Awards – a celebration not to be missed!“
PLUS MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe organised by Sheffield City Council in collaboration with MOBO and members of the local community, will take place in the run-up to the awards show on 7 February, and will see the city showcase all it has to offer in the way of Black music and culture. From Monday 5 February right up to the Awards, the city will be transformed into a haven for Black music and culture lovers. Sheffield’s best new and emerging talent from across the MOBO genres will perform at a talent showcase on 5 February.
The city will also play host to a music industry panel, with leading players in the industry offering insight to young talent. Local schools will also be getting involved in the action, exploring the impact of Black music and culture through a range of educational activities, with the Fringe finale celebration on the day of the Awards in the city centre.
The 26th MOBO Awards takes place on 7th February in Sheffield @ the Utilita Arena.