The singer claimed the award ceremony - which is held to honour music of black origin in the UK - has become confused with the inclusion of mainstream pop acts.
"I think it is a bit weird because Ed Sheeran doesn't make black music, and neither does Conor Maynard - he makes commercial pop," Labrinth told the Daily Star.
"Even I'm not making black music. It's commercial music, but at least it is more related to hip-hop so it makes more sense.
"I don't think it should be called the Music Of Black Origin anymore. It should be Music Of Urban Origin, or just Music Awards."
This year's ceremony will take place in Liverpool on November 3, with Emeli Sandé and Plan B leading the nominations.
Labrinth, JLS, Trey Songz, Wiley and Conor Maynard are among the performers confirmed for this year's event.
Watch the music video for Labrinth and Emeli Sandé's 'Beneath Your Beautiful' below: