Reggae artist JAH CURE has been dropped from the UK’s MOBO Awards after organisers found out he was a convicted rapist.
The Jamaican singer, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was up for the "Best Reggae Act" at this year’s Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards.
According to The Sun organisers of the awards acted after being told about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony next month.
In 1999, at the age of 19, Alcock was jailed for rape, gun possession and robbery in Jamaica. He was released from prison in 2008.
The nominees for best reggae act are:
In 2004 VYBZ KARTEL and ELEPHANT MAN were also axed from the awards after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.
Last year GYPTIAN won the reggae category award against the likes of DAMIAN MARLEY, MAVADO, VYBZ KARTEL and GAPPY RANKS.
The MOBOs will take place at the Glasgow SECC on 5 October 2011.