Rock duo Nova Twins have penned an open letter to the MOBO Awards today, asking for the ceremony to represent Alternative and Rock artists from the POC community.
Returning this year after a hiatus, the MOBOs – “the UK’s biggest celebration of Black music” – features eighteen categories, including best of several genres, including jazz, reggae, gospel, African, grime, hip hop, and R&B/soul. There is currently no award for Best Rock Artist.
“We would love for you to consider adding a Rock/Alternative category to your 2021 award show, celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n’Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues” Nova Twins wrote.
“We need trailblazing, influential platforms like the MOBOs to back us and look ahead to a more diverse future for music.”
Amy and Georgia go on to highlight the work of Sister Rosetta Thorpe, a Black woman who has often been cited as the true originator of rock’n’roll.
Read the whole thing here.