Written by richclark
So this years MOBO awards, the 15th anniversary, took place in Liverpool this year. This has traditionally been seen as the pinnacle awards for the UK urban music scene. However, I have personally been a little disenchanted over the past few years. This is a personal feeling and one that isn’t shared with the majority of people in the UK, as their popularity grows.
The rise of the MOBO Awards popularity and its breakthrough in to an accepted mainstream event, could even be part of the reason. Anyway as urban music in the UK receives a decent boost over the past year or so, its worth seeing how the awards panned out.
So as far as I am aware, this years show was the first to move out of London. The show was hosted by TV Presenter and Radio 1 host Reggie Yates along with singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon. I was pleasantly surprised by the hosting of the pair, with quite a good chemistry that got better as the show went on. Reggie however is a much obvious natural at this stuff than Alesha.
So whilst the hosts were good, the talent on display was of a high standard, the move to Liverpool didn’t help with my sceptism of the awards. At one point Reggie was doing a link and he was surrounded by a harem of WAG type blonde bimbos. Whilst some readers may approve, not really what an urban music award ceremony is about for me.
Anyway, who were the winners and losers on the night?
JLS and Tinie Tempah were the biggest winners on a night when nobody really dominated. The other notable award was the Best International Act, where Eminem ran out winner.
Tinie Tempah (Winner)
BEST UK HIP HOP / GRIME ACT
Professor Green (Winner)
BEST AFRICAN ACT
BEST VIDEO in association with MTV Base
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft. Q-Tip & MNDR – Bang, Bang, Bang
Tinie Tempah ft. Labrinth – Frisky (Winner)
Tinchy Stryder – You’re Not Alone
Alesha Dixon – Drummer Boy
Dizzee Rascal – Dirtee Disco
BEST REGGAE ACT
BEST JAZZ ACT
BEST GOSPEL ACT
Guvna B (Winner)
BEST UK R&B / SOUL ACT
Corinne Bailey Rae
Plan B (Winner)
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
BEST UK ACT
BEST SONG in association with PRS for Music
Taio Cruz ft Ke$ha – Dirty Picture
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
N-Dubz ft Mr Hudson – Playing With Fire (Winner)
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL ft Q-Tip & MNDR – Bang, Bang, Bang
Professor Green ft Ed Drewett – I Need You Tonight
Plan B – The Defamation of Strickland Banks
JLS – JLS (Winner)
N-Dubz – Against All Odds
Chipmunk – I Am Chipmunk
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue in Cheek
BEST UK ACT in association with Lebara Mobile.
Merseyside Dance Initiative