Central Cee, Little Simz & Ghetts Among Winners At 2021 MOBO Awards

A year on from the special, live-streamed ceremony held in the midst of lockdown, last night saw the MOBO Awards return with an live in-person ceremony.

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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
Little Simz

Best Male Act

Best Newcomer – In Association With ASOS 
Central Cee

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
Cleo Sol

Best Hip-Hop Act 
D-Block Europe

Best Drill Act – In Association With TRENCH 
Central Cee

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
Guvna B

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

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