|The MOBO Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in black music|
|Presented by||MOBO Organisation|
The MOBO Awards stands for "Music of Black Origin" and was established in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell. The MOBO Award show is held annually in the United Kingdom. Since its inception in 1996, the MOBO Awards has become one of Europe's biggest and most influential music award ceremonies, celebrating excellence in black music in the UK and internationally for more than 20 years in the musical fields of hip-hop, grime, RnB, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel, and African music. The MOBO Awards are seen[by whom?] as a UK equivalent to the BET Awards and Soul Train Awards.
Music of black origin in Britain received its first serious journalistic coverage in Black Music magazine (1973-1984).
In 1996, the MOBO Awards was the first black music awards of its kind to be televised on mainstream terrestrial television, where it was first broadcast on Carlton Television from London's Connaught Rooms. Across its 22-year history, the MOBO Awards has been broadcast on Channel 4, BBC Television, ITV2 and most recently Channel 5.
In 2009, the awards ceremony was held for the first time in Glasgow. Prior to that, it had been held in London. In 2011, the ceremony returned for a second time to Scotland. The awards then moved to Leeds for the first time in 2015. The awards show returned to Leeds in 2017. In 2018, organisers announced that the ceremony would have a one-year hiatus in order to plan a "bigger, revamped show" in 2019.
The ceremony was first broadcast regionally on ITV and produced by Carlton Television from 1996 to 1997 before moving to Channel 4 (aired nationwide) from 1998 until 2003. Since 2004 the awards have been broadcast by the BBC, and in 2006 the show was aired live for the first time in its history on BBC Three, and repeated two days later on BBC One. Highlight shows were broadcast on BBC One in a late-night timeslot.
In 2014, the awards show moved to ITV2 in a three-year partnership contract due to the BBC launching its own pop music awards. A full repeat was broadcast later the same evening on the main ITV channel.
|No.||Date||First broadcast||Best Album||Best Single||Honorary awards||Broadcaster||Host(s)||Venue|
|1||18 November 1996||21 November 1996||Timeless - Goldie||"Give Me a Little More Time" - Gabrielle||Lionel Richie
|Carlton Television (ITV)||Sonya Saul||New Connaught Rooms, London|
|2||10 November 1997||13 November 1997||Travelling Without Moving - Jamiroquai||"I Wanna Be the Only One" - Eternal ft. BeBe Winans||Bootsy Collins
|3||14 October 1998||15 October 1998||Colours - Adam F||"Freak Me" - Another Level||BB King
|Channel 4||Mel B and Bill Bellamy||Royal Albert Hall|
|4||6 October 1999||7 October 1999||Prodigal Sista - Beverley Knight||"My Love" - Kele Le Roc||Tina Turner
|Mel B and Wyclef Jean|
|5||4 October 2000||5 October 2000||Rise - Gabrielle||"Fill Me In" - Craig David||LA Reid
|Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Trevor Nelson||Alexandra Palace|
|6||4 October 2001||6 October 2001||8701 - Usher||"Independent Women Part 1" - Destiny's Child||Luther Vandross
|Trevor Nelson and Kelis||London Arena|
|7||1 October 2002||3 October 2002||Songs In A Minor - Alicia Keys||"It Takes More" - Ms Dynamite||Chaka Khan
|Alesha Dixon and LL Cool J|
|8||25 September 2003||4 October 2003||Get Rich Or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent||"In Da Club" -- 50 Cent||George Benson
Kool & The Gang
|Lil Kim and Blu Cantrell||Royal Albert Hall|
|9||30 September 2004||6 October 2004||The College Dropout - Kanye West||"Thank You" - Jamelia||Anita Baker
|BBC One||Mos Def|
|10||22 September 2005||23 September 2005||Time To Grow - Lemar||"Pow! (Forward)" - Lethal B||Public Enemy
Bob Marley & The Wailers
|Gina Yashere and Akon|
|11||20 September 2006||22 September 2006||N/A||"Déjà Vu" - Beyoncé||Sam Moore
|BBC One (highlights)
BBC Three (live coverage)
|Gina Yashere and Coolio|
|12||19 September 2007||"Because Of You" - NeYo||N/A||Jamelia and Shaggy||The O2 Arena|
|13||15 October 2008||Spirit - Leona Lewis||"American Boy" - Estelle||Mary Wilson||Mel B and Rev. Run||Wembley Arena|
|14||30 September 2009||Uncle B - N-Dubz||"Beat Again" - JLS||Michael Jackson||Reggie Yates and Keri Hilson||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)|
|15||20 October 2010||JLS - JLS||"Playing With Fire" - N-Dubz ft. Mr Hudson||Billy Ocean||Alesha Dixon and Reggie Yates||Echo Arena Liverpool|
|16||5 October 2011||Who You Are - Jessie J||"Do It Like A Dude" - Jessie J||Boyz II Men||Alesha Dixon and Jason Derulo||SECC|
|17||3 November 2012||Our Version of Events - Emeli Sandé||"Earthquake" - Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah||Dionne Warwick
|Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon||Echo Arena Liverpool|
|18||19 October 2013||Home - Rudimental||"La La La" - Naughty Boy||Stephen Lawrence Trust||Trevor Nelson and Sarah-Jane Crawford||The SSE Hydro|
|19||22 October 2014||In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith||"Stay with Me" - Sam Smith||Idris Elba (Inspiration)||ITV2 (live coverage)
|Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford||Wembley Arena|
|20||4 November 2015||The Long Way Home - Krept and Konan||"Shutdown" - Skepta||Lenny Henry
|Sarah-Jane Crawford||First Direct Arena|
|21||4 November 2016||Made in the Manor - Kano||"Robbery (remix)" - Abra Cadabra ft. Krept & Konan||Nicola Adams
|Rickie Haywood Williams and Melvin Odoom||The SSE Hydro|
|22||29 November 2017||Gang Signs & Prayer - Stormzy||"Did You See" - J Hus||Idris Elba (Paving The Way)||Channel 5 (deferred)
|Maya Jama and Marvin Humes||First Direct Arena|
In the course of its history, the MOBO Awards show has witnessed performances from UK and international talent. Over the years, artists have included Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child, Dionne Warwick, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Tina Turner, Rosie Gaines, Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Coolio, Usher, John Legend, Jason Derulo, and Jessie J.
In 2000, Sade came out of retirement to perform at the Awards, her first performance in almost a decade.
Kanya King launched the MOBO awards in 1996, aiming to establish a platform for music that, according to King, encompasses urban, hip hop, R&B and reggae. After failing to raise support for her plan, she raised funds by re-mortgaging her house.
The MOBO Awards show was held at The Royal Albert Hall and hosted by Mel B and Bill Bellamy. It was broadcast nationally by Channel 4. Performers and presenters included footballer Sol Campbell, girl band All Saints, DJ Trevor Nelson, boxers Lennox Lewis and Chris Eubank, Puff Daddy, Chaka Khan, Goldie, Another Level, and Martine McCutcheon. Contribution to Black Music went to Carl McIntosh and B.B. King won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 1999 award ceremony was held at The Royal Albert Hall, sponsored by Malibu and hosted by Mel B and Wyclef Jean. International Hip-Hop Act Award went to Jay-Z, Best Album was awarded to Beverley Knight, International Act to Lauryn Hill and Lifetime Achievement Award to Tina Turner. Performers and presenters included Des'ree, Dru Hill, Tim Westwood, Lionel Richie, Lulu, Victoria Beckham, Chris Eubank, Another Level, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Destiny's Child, and girl band Eternal.
In 2003, the MOBO awards show moved to The Royal Albert Hall and was hosted by Blu Cantrell and Lil' Kim, with performances from DMX, Lumidee, Wayne Wonder, George Benson, Lemar, Seal, Mis-teeq and Redman, J'Nay John Adeleye, Big Brovaz, The Black Eyed Peas and Kool and the Gang. Among the winners of the night were: 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Big Brovaz and Lisa Maffia, who was the only UK female artist to win an award.
The ninth awards ceremony took place on 30 September 2004 at The Royal Albert Hall and was broadcast by BBC Television. Janet Jackson received the icon award. So Solid Crew won the award in the UK garage Act category award beating Dizzee Rascal and The Streets. Controversy surrounded the removal of reggae artists Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man from the "Best Reggae Act" category at the 2004 awards due to their homophobia and incitement to murder.
The 2005 awards show saw one of the biggest line-ups in MOBO award history, including John Legend, Ms Dynamite, Lemar, Kano, Damien Marley, Public Enemy and Lauryn Hill. The event was hosted by Gina Yashere and Akon at The Royal Albert Hall, with guest presenters Chris Eubank, Lisa Maffia, Josie Darby, Simon Webbe, Myleene Klass, Estelle, Tim Westwood, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Chuck D. Big winners on the night included Corrine Bailey-Rae, Lemar, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Sean Paul and Beyoncé.
In 2006 the awards ceremony was hosted by Coolio and Gina Yashere at The Royal Albert Hall. For the first time the World Music and Jazz categories were suspended. Corinne Bailey Rae won the prize for Best UK Newcomer. British rapper Akala won Best Hip Hop Act, beating stiff competition from American acts such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, and The Game.
The 2007 awards ceremony was broadcast live on BBC Three from the O2 Arena in London and hosted by Shaggy and Jamelia. The jazz category returned. Shaggy opened the evening with a medley. T-Pain performed on stage with Yung Joc, Craig David and Kano collaborated on stage; Ne-Yo, Mutya Buena and Robin Thicke also performed. Amy Winehouse performed two songs and accepted the award for Best UK Female. N-Dubz won Best Newcomer. England cricketer Monty Panesar and England footballer Micah Richards were among a line up of guests presenting individual awards which also included Sinitta and Quentin Tarantino.
The 2009 awards event took place on 30 September at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, the first time the MOBO awards show took place outside London. A tribute performance was dedicated to Michael Jackson, and the Young Soul Rebels performed their charity single "I Got Soul". Reggie Yates and Keri Hilson hosted the awards show, with Peter Andre presenting backstage.
The awards show returned to Glasgow's SECC on 5 October 2011, hosted by Jason Derülo and Alesha Dixon. Jessie J won four awards, making her the biggest winner of the night. Boyz II Men received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Other winners included Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Adele and Alborosie. Amy Winehouse was given an award and a special tribute, following her death in July 2011.
The 17th Awards show took place on 3 November 2012 at the Liverpool Arena. Presented by Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon - with backstage support from Rickie and Melvin - the night saw Trey Songz, Conor Maynard, Emeli Sandé, Misha B, JLS, Stooshe, Labrinth, Angel and Wiley perform.
Emeli Sandé won awards for Best Female, Best Album and Best R&B/Soul while Plan B took Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime. TLC were awarded Outstanding Contribution to Music, with Dionne Warwick receiving the MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners where:
The 18th Awards show took place on 19 October 2013 and was held at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. It was hosted by Trevor Nelson and Sarah-Jane Crawford. Performances included Tinie Tempah, Iggy Azalea, Naughty Boy, Rudimental and Jahméne Douglas.
The winners were:
The winners were:
The winners were:
Tinie Tempah was due to perform, but pulled out hours before the show. He was replaced by Professor Green.
An error saw the wrong act given the award for Best Song. "Of the many worthy winners of best song, we deeply regret a mistake was made," said Mobo organisers, in a statement blaming a "production error."
Popcaan ft Sneakbo- Only Man She Wants + Too Cool Fekky ft Section Boyz- Madting, Sadting
The winners were:
The MOBO Awards 2017 took place at Leeds First Direct Arena on November 29. Stormzy won three awards while Stefflon Don's award made her the only female winner on the night.
DJ and music journalist "Bigger" criticises the awards for "veering away from its concept of rewarding music of black origin", suggesting this process started to occur during the second year of the awards though only became a major problem from the 2000 awards onwards. He cites winners such as Steve Jackson and Mick Hucknall as evidence that the awards were being "diluted", despite the huge influence Hucknall in particular has had on the modern British soul scene. He also criticises the increasing American domination of the event and commercialisation, arguing that by its fourth year MOBO stood for "music of big organisations".