Young music stars dominate this year’s MOBO Awards


YOUNG MUSIC stars dominated tonight’s (Nov 4) Music Of Black Origin Awards (MOBOs) taking home all the top awards.

Winners at the annual event, now in its 21st year, included Birmingham rapper Lady Leshurr, who took home Best Female Act and London-born MC, Kano, who walked away with Best Album.

Lady Leshurr, who missed out on the Best Hip-Hop award at last year’s ceremony, wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe I just won best female act omg.”

Kano also took the social media site to acknowledge his win: “Worst travel day. Best Album. Cheers. @MOBOAwards.”

Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan won Best Reggae Act, north London MC Chip was awarded Best Grime Act, while London trio WSTRN took home Best Newcomer.

Craig David, who re-launched his music career earlier this year, walked away with Best Male Act.

The 35-year-old, who has been nominated for twelve Brit Awards: three times for Best British Male, and twice received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, has had 20 UK top 40 singles, and seven UK top 40 albums, selling over 14 million records worldwide as a solo artist.

Canadian rapper Drake won Best International Act, south London rapper Nadia Rose took home Best Video, south London collective Section Boyz won Best Hip-Hop Act, while Abra Cadabra was honoured with Best song for Robbery, which features south London duo, Krept and Konan.

Afrobeats artist WizKid, gospel star Guvna B and UK R&B singer Shakka also took home awards at a pre ceremony in London last week.

In addition, award-winning artist, songwriter and producer Ms Dynamite and record-breaking multiple Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams were honoured with Paving The Way awards, acknowledging their status as trailblazers in their field who are paving the way for future generations of talent.

WORDS: Layla Young


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