A busy evening in Glasgow saw the 2016 MOBO awards take place, with plenty of action as a variety of musicians were honoured for making significant strides in the last year. Featuring a return to the top for garage legend Craig David, first MOBO prizes for the likes of Lady Leshurr, WSTRN and Nadia Rose, live performances from Wiley, Clean Bandit and Professor Green as well as a comedic mix up with the results envelopes, the ceremony was an excellent watch for fans of good music.
King of the re-rewind, Craig David swept up his 9th MOBO award as he edged the Best male act category, earning his first MOBO since 2001 after 15 years of frustration. Adding it to a trophy cabinet that also boasts three Ivor Novellos and 12 Brit awards, the velvet-voiced crooner took home his award ahead of stiff competition from Kano, Skepta, Tinie Tempah and Stormzy. Similarly hard-fought with Laura Mvula, Katy B and Nao also in contention, the best female act award went to Lady Leshurr.
(Laura Mvula was one of several acts to perform on the night)
Not everything can be as smooth as Craig’s vocal output though, as organisers found out with the accidental bestowal of the best song award on WSTRN, who were later forced to hand over to the actual winner, Abra Cadabra. The former were invited on stage to collect the erroneously awarded prize, but cannot be too downhearted after winning (and keeping) the best newcomer act instead. Other winners included Kano, who beat Mercury Prize winner Skepta to claim best album, Section Boyz and Nadia Rose, whilst Ms Dynamite and Olympic boxer Nicola Adams were presented with ‘Paving the way’ awards, demonstrating the massive positive influence that each of them have had this year.
2016 MOBOs award winners:
Best male act – Craig David
Best female act – Lady Leshurr
Best newcomer – WSTRN
Best album – Kano ‘Made In The Manor’
Best hip hop act – Section Boyz
Best song – Abra Cadabra ft Krept & Konan ‘Robbery (remix)
Best video – Nadia Rose ‘Skwod’ (Directed by Reece Proctol)
Best R&B/soul – Shakka
Best grime act (in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra) – Chip
Best international act – Drake
Best jazz act – Esperanza Spalding
Best gospel act – Guvna B
Best reggae act – Popcaan
Best African act – Wiz Kid
Paving the way – Nicola Adams and Ms Dynamite
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of MOBO.com