what's going on with the 2012 mobo award nominations

The nominations are in for the 2012 MOBO Awards and we have to say we've been left feeling a little bit confused.

Of course the usual names are in the running - Plan B, Professor Green, Wiley, Wretch 32 etc - but there are also some other questionable nominations that we're having difficulties getting our heads around.

For example Rizzle Kicks being nominated in the Best Male category, an award that is for a male solo artist. Correct us if we're wrong but the last time we check there were two guys in Rizzle Kicks making them a band and unable to be nominated for Best Male.

Moving on with have X Factor graduate Rebecca Ferguson nominated for not one but two awards including Best Female. As an artist who has really gone rather unnoticed within the music industry she seems like a very strange choice considering plenty of other very successful acts have been missed off the nominations list.

Elsewhere we have another X Factor contestant, Misha B, up for Best Newcomer. She's up against the likes of Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Rudimental and once again we don't really see how she fits in with the rest of the names.

Call us cynical if you will but it feels like the MOBOs have lost their edge slightly this year opting for crowd pleasers and little known pop stars over big selling credible artists. They might as well quit and leave those types of awards to The Brits.

The full list of nominations looks like this...

Best Female

Emeli Sande
Jessie J
Jessie Ware
Rebecca Ferguson
Rita Ora
Tulisa

Best Male

Ed Sheeran
Labrinth
Plan B
Professor Green
Rizzle Kicks
Wiley

Best Newcomer

Alunageorge
Angel
Conor Maynard
Delilah
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas
Misha B
Rita Ora
Rudimental
Stooshe

Best R&B/Soul Act

Angel
Emeli Sande
Labrinth
Maverick Sabre
Rebecca Ferguson

Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act

Devlin
Plan B
Professor Green
Wiley
Wretch 32

Best Video

Emeli Sande - 'My Kind Of Love'
JLS - 'Do You Feel What I Feel'
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'
Rita Ora Ft Tinie Tempah - 'RIP'
Rizzle Kicks - 'Mama Do The Hump'

Best Song

Ed Sheeran - 'Lego House'
Emeli Sande - 'Next To Me'
Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah - 'Earthquake'
Michael Kiwanuka - 'I'll Get Along
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'

Best Album

Ed Sheeran - '+'
Emeli Sande - 'Our Version Of Events'
Labrinth - 'Electronic Earth'
Plan B - 'iLL Manors'
Rita Ora - 'Ora'

Best International Act

Azealia Banks
Beyonce
Drake
Frank Ocean
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Nas
Ne-Yo
Nicki Minaj
Rick Ross
Rihanna

Best Reggae Act

Damian Marley
Konshens
Mr Vegas
Popcaan
Sean Paul

Best Jazz Act

Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Femi Temowo
Roller Trio
Zara Mcfarlane
Zoe Rahman

Best African Act

Amadou & Mariam
Cabo Snoop
Camp Mulla
D’Banj
Fally Ipupa
Fatoumata Diawara
P Square
Sarkodie
Spoek Mathambo
The Very Best

Best Gospel Act

El Mafrex
Ni-cola
Rachel Kerr
RAM1
V9 Collective