In case you missed Saturday’s star studded MOBO Awards, we have a quick re-cap for you.
Awards given out on the night were:
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
Held in the newly opened and gorgeous, SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, there were also performances from Naughty Boy, Aluna George, Tinie Tempah, Fuse ODG, Ms Dynamite and The So Solid Crew.
Performance of the night definitely belonged to Fuse ODG, who vibrantly showcased his two Afrobeats/hip hop style fusions ‘Azonto’ and ‘Antenna’, getting every body on their feet and completely dismissing the more formal mood in the more formal part of the arena.
We were most happy to see awards to go both Krept & Konan and of course, the Godfather of grime, Wiley.
Wiley’s award has been long overdue and he appeared to think so too tweeting: ‘Big up everyone who voted… Peace and love…. Finally man won a MOBO’ …amongst other things about the event.
Krept & Konan have consistently delivered since their careers began and it is fair to say that they certainly hold a large amount of clout, in terms of the ‘new wave’ of rappers emerging from London. Now they also have a very well deserved MOBO award and we couldn’t be happier for them.
The best acceptance speech on the night belongs to Sean Paul, who won an award for Best Reggae Act, but sadly couldn’t be there in person. We are not quite sure what he said in his VT, as he was speaking so fast and in Jamaican patois, but it ended with …Boom!’ And we love that.
The celeb we were most happy to see arrive was 90’s UK RnB singer, Gabrielle. After being off the radar such a long time, you could tell everyone felt so pleased to see her and slightly nostalgic, especially when seeing her hair styled to cover her eye in true Gabrielle fashion.
Speaking of fashion, the best dressed celeb is a difficult one, as everyone looked so lovely. We really loved Fuse ODG’s African print and also, Ms Dynamite’s red carpet entrance. She looked gorgeous in a simple plain black dress, but also posed with her back up dancers, who wore traditional carnival costumes with large feathers and encrusted bikinis. In the pouring rain, they brought some (much needed) sunshine to a very (soggy) MOBO red carpet.
In all, the 2013 MOBO Awards was a successful event, bringing together some of the most amazing names in contemporary music of black origin from the UK and we are already looking forward to the next one!