MOBO Awards 2013 – The Winners
So first off, what a great night for all involved in Scotland’s second city, Glasgow. The newly opened SSE Hydro arena played home to the Music Of Black Origin Awards evening. The annual event which celebrates the best in RnB, soul, gospel, hip hop, reggae and urban music in general. This years event, also notably was the first MOBO Awards to be televised, thanks to BBC3.
We really need the awards to come home to London so we can get the urban buzz back in the capital. However, back to last night.
The evening saw gongs handed out in 13 diverse MOBO categories featuring nominees such as Disclosure, Aluna George, Rudimental, Jessie J, Jessie Ware and Wretch 32 amongst others who were all in the running for one of the coveted awards with success stories; Laura Mvula and Wiley in the lead with four nominations each. Each winner was given an 18ct gold leaf MOBO trophy carefully redesigned for this year’s 18th anniversary celebrations.
Throughout the evening, Glasgow and BBC3 audiences were treated to exhilarating performances from Tinie Tempah who took home the Best UK Hip Hop/Grime act award and Laura Mvula who picked up two awards for Best Female in association with Tresor Paris and Best RnB/Soul Act. While winners for Best Newcomer Award in association with HTC, Krept & Konan made no secret of their delight at taking home the gong, which will no doubt help them on their journey to further industry success. The dynamic duo has been recognised as one of the UKs most promising urban artists and has become one of a handful to be awarded a prestigious MOBO award while still unsigned. Without a doubt, the award for performance of the night went to garage collective, So Solid Crew, who closed the show with an amazing rendition of their number one hit 21 Seconds. The high-energy 10-piece collective’s show-stopping finale was a fitting celebratory end to MOBO18.
MOBO Awards founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE said, “It has been an exciting road this year that has seen artists both new and established demonstrate their worth and talent. For us at MOBO, the awards are about recognising the exciting and inspiring artists out there and giving them a platform to perform on. This year has been a great representation of the wealth of talent MOBO music has to offer. It’s an amazing industry to work in and we love being at the forefront honouring the past and supporting the future.”
The full winners are below:
- Best African Act – Fuse ODG
- Best Album – ‘Home’, Rudimental
- Best Female in association with Tresor Paris – Laura Mvula
- Best Gospel – Lurine Cato
- Best International Act – Kendrick Lamar
- Best Jazz – Sons of Kemet
- Best Male – Wiley
- Best Newcomer in association with HTC – Krept & Konan
- Best Reggae Act – Sean Paul
- Best RnB/Soul Act – Laura Mvula
- Best Song in association with PRSforMusic – ‘La La La’, Naughty Boy
- Best UK Hip Hop/Grime – Tinie Tempah
- Best Video in association with SBTV – ‘La La La’, Naughty Boy
- Be MOBO – Stephen Lawrence Trust