The first MOBO Awards in three years were broadcast on YouTube yesterday.
London rapper Nines won Album Of The Year as the MOBOs returned on December 9th for a virtual ceremony.
With huge stars such as s Stormzy, FKA twigs, Dave and Skepta all nominated for prizes, it was a night for the connoisseurs to get the headlines, though Headie One did pick up Best Male Act, and JME got the public’s vote for Best Grime Act.
“I feel very proud about this year’s show which will go down in history because of its unique commentary and set of circumstances,” MOBOs founder Kanya King said.
“We will archive it for future generations to watch and learn about the times we are currently in. I want to thank the BBC and YouTube for working together, all for the greater good.
“This wasn’t just an Awards show, this is an empowering show with a purpose that represents opportunity over inequality, that represents pride for an audience that often feels marginalised, that represents achievement against all odds.”
“There will be new artists watching the show and because of it, and their lives and those of their families may be forever changed. Roll on our 25th anniversary next year – let’s get ready to MOBOLISE!”
MOBO Awards 2020 winners:
Album Of The Year: Nines – Crabs in a Bucket
Best Male Act: Headie One
Best Female Act: Mahalia
Song Of The Year: Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush (featuring Headie One)
Best Newcomer: Aitch
Video Of The Year: NSG – Lupita
Best R&B/Soul Act: Mahalia
Best Hip Hop Act: Nines
Best Grime Act: JME
Best International Act: Burna Boy
Best Performance TV Show/Film: Michael Ward
Best Media Personality: Chunkz
Best Album 2017-2019: Ella Mai – ‘Ella Mai’
Best African Act: Wizkid
Best Reggae Act: Buju Banton
Best Gospel Act: CalledOut Music
Best Jazz Act: Ego Ella May
Best Producer: Jae5
Inspiration Award: Steve McQueen