Konan was celebrating his 24th birthday in Manchester on Tuesday when he found out about the nomination.
He said: "It's a big achievement. I have grown up with the MOBOs and watched them every year since I was really young.
"Everything I went through was for a reason and has given me character and made me humble.
"My mum rang to wish me happy birthday and I told her about the award. She was screaming and told me how proud she was."If the name seems familiar, well, it should. I'm sure poor Carlton Ned is proud of what his sacrifice has wrought...