Mobo has distanced itself from the ever brewing culture of homophobia in some black music by removing two nominees from this year's event.
Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were asked for written apologies for homophobic lyrics in some of their earlier work and having failed to make them, the best reggae act category will now be contested by just Toots and The Maytals and Sean Paul.
Mobo issued a statement saying: “Mobo believes in free speech, but does not condone homophobia or bigotry and has been active, on an ongoing basis, to reduce such prejudice and broaden the debate.”
The Mobo awards take place on 30th September at London's Royal Albert Hall.
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