Winners of MOBO Awards 2012
This year the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards event returned to England and more specifically Liverpool. Crowds braved the climate to come out in force to celebrate the evening’s proceedings, making the red carpet run feel more like something from the Oscars. This was matched by as much media attention on what outfits the girls were donning as the music. A far cry from the humble beginnings.
The MOBOs have grown up though and thanks in no small way to its creator Kanya King MBE. She has worked tirelessly to rid the awards of its stigma and once negative perceptions that were held back by violence in previous years. This perception also impacted the whole urban music scene, so British urban music owes her a great debt. Anyway moving on to this tears winners.
Not so long ago Emeli Sande had a manic time, dominating playing a big role in both the opening and closing ceremonies for this year’s London Olympics. She gained massive plaudits but also some criticism following one particular performance, however the good side has been recognised at the MOBOs with Emeli Sande walking off with three awards.
Emeli Sande, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter won Best Female, Best Album for her number one-selling ‘Our Version of Events’ and Best R&B/Soul at the event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. She also opened the evening with a great performance of ‘My Kind Of Love’.
One of Music Eyz favourites, Plan B also got a couple of awards Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime. Plan B turned back to his roots with a Hip Hop album in the form of Ill Manors that we all loved during our review.
TLC‘s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas collected this year’s MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Members of the Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ family jetted in especially to celebrate the honour on her behalf. The singer died in a car accident ten years ago.
Rita Ora jetted in especially from the US leg of her tour to pick up Best Newcomer and also to present Plan B with one of his.
Crowd-pleaser Labrinth, who was a major hit with fans lining the red carpet, was awarded Best Song for ‘Earthquake’. Labrinth also pleased the crowd inside the packed venue with a brilliant performance offering a mash-up of his biggest hits.
Surprisingly, perhaps, JLS arrived on a specially-chartered easyJet flight to collect the gong for Best Video for ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’ and got the crowd on their feet with a performance of their newest single, ‘Hottest Girl in the World’.
Misha B presented Rachel Kerr with Best Gospel for her smooth, spell-binding vocals, and D’Banj was awarded Best African Act.
Best Jazz went to Zoe Rahman, who collected the accolade from Delilah and previous double MOBO Award winner, YolanDa Brown.
And after an outstanding year, Nicki Minaj beat off stiff competition for Best International Act. Sean Paul was awarded Best Reggae.
The event – now in its 17th year – was interspersed with a series of performances from special guests including rapper Wiley, who shared the stage with Skepta and Ms D to perform his new release ‘Can You Hear Me’ and number one single, ‘Heatwave’.
Rising star Misha B treated crowds to a version of her debut single’ Home Run’, and Angel wowed the crowd with a super smooth version of his single, ‘Wonderful’. Stooshe performed their cover of TLC‘s Waterfalls on stage, as introduced by “T-Boz” and “Chilli“. Surely a great honour for the relative newcomers of Stooshe.
Dionne Warwick was also at the ceremony and was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dionne took to the stage to unanimous acclaim and rapturous applause ensuring that not a single person in the house could deny her the accolade.
MOBO Awards 2012 Winners List
Best Female Act: Emeli Sandi
Best Male Act: Plan B
Best Newcomer: Rita Ora
Best R&B/Soul Act: Emeli Sandi
Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act: Plan B
Best Video: JLS – Do You Feel What I Feel
Best Song: Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah – Earthquake
Best Album: Emeli Sandi – Our Version Of Events
Best International Act: Nicki Minaj
Best Reggae Act: Sean Paul
Best Jazz Act: Zoe Rahman
Best African Act: D’Banj
Best Gospel Act: Rachel Kerr
Outstanding Contribution to Music: TLC
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dionne Warwick