Labrinth thinks the MOBO's have lost their way
- Bang Showbiz
- 25 October 2012
Labrinth thinks the MOBO Awards have become a "bit weird," with certain nominees - such as Ed Sheeran and Conor Maynard - making pop rather than Music Of Black Origin
Labrinth thinks the MOBO Awards are suffering an identity crisis.
The 'Let the Sun Shine' singer doesn't think some of this year's nominees - such as Ed Sheeran - fit the ceremony's remit of celebrating Music Of Black Origin (MOBO).
He explained: "I think it is a bit weird because Ed Sheeran doesn't make black music, and neither does Conor Maynard - he makes commercial pop."
Labrinth, real name Tim McKenzie, is up for three awards, and admits even he doesn't make traditional "black music," but believes it is better suited to the awards than some other musicians.
He added to The Daily Star newspaper: "Even I'm not making black music. It's commercial music, but at least it is more related to hip-hop so it makes more sense.
"I don't think it should be called Music Of Black Origin anymore. It should be Music Of Urban Original, or just Music Awards."
Despite not seeing eye-to-eye with some of the show's choices, Labrinth is backing Scottish singer Emeli Sande - who he recently collaborated with on 'Beneath Your Beautiful' - to win big in the five categories she is nominated in.
He said: "Emeli has done a great job. To have a number one album after all the years working hard being the scenes is impressive. We are total music geeks together."
Labrinth's debut 'Electronic Earth' is nominated for Best Album at the MOBOs and he is also up for Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Song at the ceremony, which takes place in Liverpool on November 3.