Central Cee was the big winner with two awards, as the MOBOs returned after not taking place last year. The Ladbroke Grove rapper took home Best Male Act and Song of the Year for his huge single ‘Sprinter‘ with Dave. There was plenty of competition in most categories with the MC the only artist to take home more than one award.
Little Simz and Stormzy, who had the most nominations, took home Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Video respectively. Michael Omari was victorious thanks to his star-studded visual for ‘Mel Made Me Do It‘. In the other big categories, RAYE won Best Female Act, Tunde secured Best Newcomer, and despite being snubbed by the BRIT Awards, Potter Payper won Album of the Year for ‘Real Back In Style‘.
Other genre-based winners on the night included Bugzy Malone (Best Grime), Shygirl (Best Electronic/Dance), and in a talented field, the collective SAULT won Best R’n’B/Soul. Asake, Ezra Collective, K-Trap, Valiant, Skindred, Inflo, Drake and 21 Savage, and Limoblaze won the other music categories.
The night also saw celebrations of icons. Ghetts, Soul II Soul, Sugababes, and Jessica Ennis-Hill were awarded for their impact on the music and athletics scene. The 3 musicians were among the performers on the night alongside DJ Spoony, Byron Messia, and others. In particular, Spoony brought out some UKG legends to celebrate 30 years of the genre. Alongside, the celebration of the legendary Olympian Ennis-Hill, Damson Idris won Best TV/Film Performance for his role in Snowfall.
The MOBOs certainly made a big return. Once again, it highlighted why it is one of the most highly regarded award shows in the U.K.