A year on from the special, live-streamed ceremony held in the midst of lockdown, last night saw the MOBO Awards return with its first live in-person ceremony at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Hosted by Munya Chawawa and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, the ceremony broke from tradition by eschewing broadcast on one of the major channels, instead opting for a YouTube live stream. It was an historic night, with a lot to celebrate. Dave, who won a MOBO for Best Newcomer back in 2017, was able to complete his arc with a win for Best Album for We’re All Alone In This Together. Meanwhile, Central Cee scooped two awards for Best Newcomer and the first ever Best Drill Act award. Wizkid also won two awards, one for Best African Act and another for Best International Act. Also on the list of winners, Little Simz won the award for Best Female and Cleo Sol won for Best R&B/Soul Act.
Arguably the biggest moment of all came when Tion Wayne, Russ, ArrDee and about a dozen others—including, as ArrDee claimed, the real life Adeola—came on stage to collect the award for Song Of The Year with “Body (Remix)”.
And making the most of the return of audiences, the live performances were some of the most epic in MOBOs history, with Pa Salieu, Stefflon Don and Ms Banks, Bree Runway, Potter Payper, Tems, NSG, ENNY and Ghetts tearing the roof off the venue with larger-than-life showings and even some pyrotechnics.
Below is the full list of winners from this year’s MOBO Awards, which you can also watch back in full on YouTube.
Album Of The Year
Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together
Best Female Act – In Association With Arts Council England
Best Male Act
Best Newcomer – In Association With ASOS
Song Of The Year – In Association With Coventry Building Society Arena
Tion Wayne & Russ Millions f/ ArrDee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1 (3x3), Fivio Foreign & Zt (3x3) – “Body (Remix)”
Video Of The Year
M1llionz – ‘Lagga’ (Directed By Teeeezy C)
Best Grime Act
Best R&B/Soul Act
Best Hip-Hop Act
Best Drill Act – In Association With TRENCH
Best International Act
Best Performance In A TV Show/Film
Micheal Ward As Franklyn In Small Axe
Best Media Personality
Chunkz & Yung Filly
Best Gospel Act – In Association With Premier Gospel
Best African Music Act – In Association With Afrozons With Sheila O
Best Reggae Act
Best Jazz Act – In Association With BBC Radio 6 Music
Sons Of Kemet
Best Producer – In Association With Complex UK