Headie One, Nines and Aitch win big at this year’s show.
Making a much-need comeback this year is The MOBO Awards, hosted by Autumn 2020 cover star Maya Jama and Chunkz, and what a show it was. With spine-tingling performances from rising star Tiana Major9 and R&B soul singer H.E.R., the show was a celebration of black music and power from all over the world. With this year being a focal point in the strength of black pride, the show recognised the hottest new talent and put a spotlight on some of the biggest names in music right now.
Having racked up an impressive five nominations this year, north-west London rapper Nines took home the prestigious Album of The Year award for Crabs In A Bucket, seeing off steep competition from Stormzy and J Hus. The rapper also picked up Best Hip Hop Act, topping off an incredible year which saw him score his first UK number one album.
Breakout star of the year Headie One also scored big at this year’s award show, as he picked up the coveted award for Best Male Act, as well as performing a slick melody of his hits taken from chart-topping debut album Edna. In the hugely popular public voted categories, Mancunion rapper Aitch took home Best Newcomer (in association with Arts Council England) while TikTok sensations Young T & Bugsey took home Song of The Year for the viral hit “Don’t Rush” featuring Headie One.
Afrobeat royalty Burna Boy and Wizkid also picked up awards during the night, for Best International Act and Best African Act, while powerhouses Davido and Tiwa Savage delivered standout performances respectively. The show also saw exciting performances from London MC Ms Banks and Queen of The South Shaybo during the night, giving us some much need sass and realness. One of the most exciting moments of the night was from British rap newcomer Kojey Radical, who delivered a poignant performance, referencing Black Lives Matter and the social justice movement seen this year.
Honoured with the prestigious Inspiration Award this year was acclaimed British filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen CBE. The director behind the gripping Small Axe series and 12 Years A Slave, said “This is an extraordinary prize. Thank you so much. The MOBO Awards for me is part of the idea of Small Acts. When people didn’t want to recognise us, we recognised ourselves and that’s given me the inspiration to go forward.”
For the full list of winners from the night visit mobos.com