What a night! Little Simz and Ghetts were among the many winners at this year’s Mobo awards after claiming their first trophies for best male and female act at the glamourous 24th annual ceremony on Sunday.
Hosted by Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock alongside comedian Munya Chawawa, the awards, which stand for Music of Black Origin and recognise and celebrate black music and culture, were streamed on YouTube.
After collecting a staggering 11 Mobo nominations since 2014, Little Simz scooped her first win at long last, following the release of her album, Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert.
Rapper Ghetts also collected his first Mobo trophy and performed at the ceremony, after his hit album Conflict Of Interest reached number two in the UK albums chart back in March this year.
Other winners included singer Dave, 23, the most nominated artist of the night with five altogether, winning the coveted prize for album of the year for his second number one album, We’re All Alone In This Together. This follows his best newcomer win at the ceremony in 2017.
London rapper Central Cee also took home two big wins including best newcomer and the new category of best drill act.
Other highlights included performances from Pa Salieu, Stefflon Don and Ms Banks, Bree Runway, Potter Payper, Tems, and Enny while Tion Wayne and Russ Millions won song of the year for Body (featuring Bugzy Malone).
Nigerian star Wizkid collected a double whammy of trophies for best international act and best African music act, while World heavyweight champion boxer Frank Bruno was honoured with the Mobo Inspiration Award. He had been open about battling racism and mental health stigma at various times during his career.
Mobo Awards 2021: The Winners
Album of the year – Dave We’re All Alone In This Together
Best male act – Ghetts
Best female act – Little Simz
Best newcomer – Central Cee
Song of the year – Tion Wayne and Russ Millions featuring Arrdee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1, Fivio Foreign and ZT – Body
Video of the year – Lagga – M1llionz
Best grime act – Skepta
Best R&B/soul act – Cleo Sol
Best hip hop act – D Block Europe
Best drill act – Central Cee
Best international act – WizKid
Best performance in a TV show/film – Micheal Ward as Franklyn in Small Axe
Best media personality – Chunkz and Yung Filly
Best gospel act – Guvna B
Best African act – Wizkid
Best reggae act – Shenseea
Best jazz act – Sons Of Kemet
Best producer – JAE5
Finally, moving to the small screen Bafta-winning actor Micheal Ward was honoured with the gong in the best performance in a TV show or film category for his portrayal of Franklyn in Sir Steve McQueen’s acclaimed anthology series Small Axe.
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