Jah Cure was up for the Best Reggae Act, despite only being released from jail in 2007.
The singer, 33 — real name Siccature Alcock — was locked up in 1999 for the gunpoint assault in Jamaica.
Organisers said they acted after being told about the conviction and “severity of the crime”.
It’s not the first controversial MOBO nomination. Reggae acts Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both axed in 2004 in a row over homophobic lyrics
Jah Cure, Mavado, Damian Marley and Nas, Khago and Alborosie are this year Nominations for MOBO Awards in the category of Best Reggae Acts.The Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards was established in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell to recognise and celebrate artists who are black and create ‘black’ music. The MOBO Awards is the first Black awards show in Europe.