With pop prince Jason Derulo and the nation’s sweetheart Alesha Dixon as the evening’s dynamic hosts, the 16th MOBO Awards in association with Lebara Mobile at the SECC in Glasgow, was televised live on BBC3 with highlights to follow this Friday on BBC1 at 11:45pm.
Jessie J had a markedly triumphant evening, firstly due to her daredevil stage performance (without a leg cast for one of her first performances since her accident back in June) followed by a sweep of winning 4 of her 5 nominated categories for Best UK Act, Best Album, Best Newcomer and Best Song. Tinie Tempah was the debonair man of the hour, fighting off fierce competition for the Best Hip Hop/Grime category, while Adele also came up trumps winning Best R&B/ Soul Act and Rihanna pipped the likes of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars to the post by grabbing the Best International Act Award. All winners were voted for by fans via mobo.com and media partners.
The Awards Show itself, the second time the MOBO Awards have come to the vibrant Scottish city of Glasgow, was met by fever-pitched excitement and once again raised the bar with stunning production effects and milestone performances. Power duets were the order of the evening with Professor Green and Emeli Sandé performing together as did Dubstep/Grime girls Katy B and Ms Dynamite. To cap it all, Dappy and Tinchy Stryder wowed the audience with their elaborate stage performance of hit single ‘Spaceship’, for which they picked up the Best Video award.
London rapper Wretch 32, gorgeous Glaswegian Yasmin, co-host Jason Derulo and US teen sensation Alexis Jordan also gave equally electrifying performances. Joining the top-level talent performing on the night was Dionne Bromfield, the Goddaughter of the late Amy Winehouse, who belted out a thoroughly moving rendition of Amy’s ‘Love Is A Losing Game’, in a fitting tribute including a video montage of the late MOBO Award winning singer.
Seminal R&B group Boyz II Men took to the stage to pick up the well-deserved Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and then went on to bring the house down with a medley of hits from their multi-platinum selling albums. The award was presented by JLS, who flew in to Glasgow by private jet especially to present to Boyz II Men, who they cite as musical inspirations. Making a strong comeback, Jessie J delivered a fierce performance, with the theme being shedding her former self.
Guest presenters on the night included Chipmunk, Olympic medallist Philipps Idowu, Fazer of N-Dubz and ex-Sugababe Keisha Buchanan.
The BeMOBO Award, is one that honours the hard work and special contribution made by an individual or organisation that orchestrates significant changes via grass roots, educational or community initiatives. This year saw Youth Music, a charity initiative encouraging development through music win the coveted award, with celebrity ambassador Myleene Klass on hand to present the award on the night, and was accepted by thrice MOBO Nominated duo Rizzle Kicks, who themselves went through the Youth Music programme.
Kanya King, CEO and Founder of MOBO: “The excitement and atmosphere of our second year here in Glasgow has shown the love that the whole country has for MOBO. We felt so welcome the first time we came here, we didn’t think it could be topped. This year has been a phenomenal success and we can’t wait to return in 2013. It’s been a great event that has welcomed some exciting new award winners to the MOBO roll of honour including the global superstar Adele, the UK’s hot talent Tinchy Stryder and of course the fantastic Jessie J walking away with four awards.”
Russell Atkinson, Managing Director Lebara Mobile: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees this evening. It has been an exceptional evening showcasing outstanding talent and we are extremely proud to sponsor this exciting event. A special congratulations to Jessie J for winning an amazing four awards including the Best Newcomer Act in association with Lebara Mobile.”
- BEST NEWCOMER in association with Lebara Mobile – voted for by Facebook- JESSIE J
- BEST HIP HOP / GRIME ACT – TINIE TEMPAH
- BEST VIDEO- TINCHY STRYDER AND DAPPY – SPACESHIP
- BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT- RIHANNA
- BEST SONG in association with PRS for Music- JESSIE J – DO IT LIKE A DUDE
- BEST ALBUM- JESSIE J – WHO YOU ARE
- BEST REGGAE- ALBOROSIE
- BEST JAZZ ACT- KAIROS 4TET
- BEST AFRICAN ACT- WIZKID
- BEST GOSPEL ACT- TRIPLE O
- BEST R&B / SOUL ACT- ADELE
- OUTSANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC- BOYZ II MEN
- BEMOBO AWARD – YOUTH MUSIC