The MOBO Awards 2016: The Lowdown!

The 2016 MOBO Awards kicked off last night, with the lovely teacher turned singer, Laura Mvula opening up with an authentic rendition of The Fugees 1996 hit single “Ready or Not”. I for one, couldn’t think of a better opening. 

This year’s 21st annual awards show held in Glasgow was hosted by ITV’s Melvin and Rickie.

The ‘Bang on the Money’ duo were rocking good old Scottish attire (and I mean Kilts with all the trimmings) which had me feeling slightly sorry for the audience who had views from down below…

The lovely Katie B presented the best Male act and the nominees were Craig David, Kano, Skepta, Tinie Tempah & Stormzy. After a phenomenal come back and a number one album it was only right that Craig David took home the award, his long awaited return has proven to be hugely successful so far. 

We then had a tight knit choreographed performance from Birmingham’s Lady Leshurr who performed a medley of her hits including the popular ‘Queen’s Speech’.


Nadia Rose beat Laura Mvula, Kojey Radical, M.I.A, & Bugzy Malone in the Best Video category for her “SKWOD” video. Her speech was overly gracious and humbling. A surprise for the whole family to say the least.

“My mum only saw me perform last week for the first time, now she’s here watching me get this”

Professor Green and Maya Jama presented Section Boyz with the best MOBO Hip Hop award and with their current work rate, a successful UK tour and mixtape collaboration with Chris Brown, I must say it was a well deserved win for the South London crew.  

Jamaican artist Popcaan swagged up in his pink suit to take Best Reggae act making it his second award in total. His UK fans have doubled over the past three years making him everyone’s favourite spice right now.

CEO and MBE Kanya King took to the stage to introduce Sir Lenny Henry and if you didn’t see his speech last year you better check it out! Awesome is an understatement!

The comedian announced the winner for “Paving the Way” and after reeling off a list of fictional super women heroes he went on to announce the winner as Nicola Adams; the 34 year old boxer who smashed gold in this years Olympics.

“I started boxing at 12, my mum had to fund everything from gym to training. I worked and I worked and I’m standing here now”

Such an inspiration to any young woman who wishes to box and with her accomplishing so much it’s apparent that anything is possible with hard work.

WSTRN collected the MOBO for the Best Newcomer and Akelle with a big glass of red was very bubbly in accepting this with the whole crew, thanking everybody from manager to band former.

The night came to wraps quickly after a few more performances from the likes of Chase and Status, Professor Green and “Ova Dweet” star Popcaan.

Popcaan doing a sweet little medley ending with “Only man she want” was joined by surprise guest Sneakbo who was more than happy to shout out all his “Aigons” whilst gracing the stage.

Kano, 31, won a MOBO for Album of the year with “Made in the Manor” which was released earlier this year. The legend gave his acceptance speech whilst at the airport, his Award was broken and I couldn’t help but laugh at how casual he was. Totally relaxed with his win, I do love him.

After an embarrassing mix up where WSTRN accidentally picked up a MOBO for the best song of the year it was later rectified when Abra cadabra, Krept and Konan were confirmed to be the real winners for their Robbery Remix.

Fekky closed the awards with Section Boyz and the performance was short lived as the title reels soon revealed themselves giving them less than 60 seconds to do their thing.

It’s apparent that after last years criticism, the award show made an extra effort to capture the real meaning of the MOBOs and show case Black Music. 

For me, Craig David was the best thing to hit the stage tonight and I don’t know if I’m just being moody but the MOBOs seem to have lost its flare.

The full list of MOBO winners:

  • Best Male Act – Craig David
  • Best Female Act – Lady Leshurr
  • Best Newcomer – WSTRN
  • Best Album – Kano: Made In The Manor
  • Best Hip Hop Act – Section Boyz
  • Best Song – Abra Cadabra ft. Krept & Konan: Robbery (remix)
  • Best Video – Nadia Rose: SKWOD
  • Best R&B/Soul Act – Shakka
  • Best Grime Act (In Association with BBC Radio 1Xtra): Chip
  • Best International Act: Drake
  • Best Jazz Act: Esperanza Spalding
  • Best Gospel Act: Guvna B
  • Best Reggae Act: Popcaan
  • Best African Act: Wiz Kid
  • Paving The Way: Nicola Adams MBE and Ms. Dynamite

Let us know your thought on this years 2016 MOBO Awards!

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