Vybz Kartel was absent from the 2017 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards nomination for the “Best Reggae Act” category and as a result, his fans are outraged.
Earlier this week, the MOBO Awards took to social media to share a photo with the nominees of the coveted title including Aidonia, Alkaline, Chronixx, Damian Junior Gong Marley, and Popcaan.
Despite having a massive year in 2016, which continues into this year, Kartel was not nominated for either periods.
Many fans of the “Fever” deejay immediately shared their defensive opinions on social media.
“The system trying to fight against the boss [Vybz Kartel] but they can’t stop him,” one fan wrote.
“Joke thing dem people yah a pree eno, No Vybz Kartel? Dash weh dat yo,” another wrote.
“Kartel had a bigger year than Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline and yet he was not nominated for a MOBO are you kidding me. This is utter nonsense and that’s why people can’t take these awards serious anymore,” another added.
Fanataics of the incarcerated artist resonated similar sentiments last year when Kartel was not nominated.
Several Dancehall fans have since speculated that the underlining reason to Vybz Kartel not receiving a MOBO nomination is due to his imprisonment for murder. However, such speculation has yet to be confirmed.
Among the list of this year’s nominees, Popcaan would be considered the front-runner, having two MOBO wins under his belt after he took back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.
Three-time Grammy-winning Damion Marley, who scored MOBO nominations in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012, won the awards in 2005.
Meanwhile, Chronixx was nominated twice both in 2014 and 2015, with Alkaline scoring nominations in 2014 and 2016.
Aidonia is up for his first MOBO awards nomination.
The MOBO Awards, which is the equivalent to the UK Grammys, was established in 1996. The ceremony show is held annually in the United Kingdom to recognize artists of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music.
The 22nd annual MOBO Awards will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.