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8/25/2004 11:09:05 AM

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Finalists for the Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards were announced late on Tuesday with rapper / hip hop artist and producer Kanye West, 27, securing nominations in seven categories, including best hip hop artist and best album.

U.S. artists dominate a shortlist for Britain's biggest black music awards, with Chicago rapper Kanye West receiving a record number of nominations.

Jamelia, a 25-year old R&B singer often described as "Britain's Beyonce" was the most nominated UK artist, up for best UK act of the year, best single and best video.

British artists compete against a raft of American stars, including Alicia Keys, Outkast and Brandy.

Joss Stone, a 16-year old singer from Devon, was the only UK artist in the race for the best album award, while crooners Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum were nominated for best jazz act.

But the announcement was overshadowed on Wednesday by concern from a gay rights group that two nominated artists -- Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, both from Jamaica -- sing about violence against gays.

"We are disappointed that Mobo is promoting singers that include anti-gay lyrics in their songs," said David Allison, a spokesman for Outrage!

"Elephant Man uses the lyrics 'battyman fi dead', in other words, 'queers must be killed'."

He also said his organization had asked BBC1 to not broadcast the awards ceremony, which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sept. 30.

Organizers for Mobo were unavailable for comment.

The Mobo awards were founded in 1996 to acknowledge achievements with R&B, hip-hop, rap, jazz, reggae and gospel music, irrespective of the race of the performer.

The shortlist is made up of votes from an academy of 1,000 members, including radio DJ's, record company executives and music journalists.

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