MOBO Awards 2016
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Even the briefest glance at the charts confirms that 2016 has been a breakthrough year for contemporary urban artists. Consequently, the latest edition of MOBOs felt like even more of a celebration than usual, as they recognised the incredible diversity of music in Britain at a star-studded ceremony in Glasgow on 4th November. Get acquainted with all the winners below.
Kano might have lost out on the Mercury Prize to Skepta, but Made In The Manor beat Konnichiwa to Best Album at the MOBOs.
Seeing off stiff competition from MOBO frontrunner Laura Mvula, neo soul star Nao and rising rapper Little Simz, Lady Leshurr took home the prize for Best Female Act.
Comeback king Craig David topped off an incredible year by beating Skepta, Tinie Tempah et al to the title of Best Male Act.
Named Best Newcomer last year, South London rap collective Section Boyz capitalised on their 2015 win by taking home the prize for Best Hip Hop Act.
Delivering arguably the biggest upset of the night, Tottenham MC Chip beat Stormzy, Skepta, Kano and AJ Tracey to the much-coveted title of Best Grime Act.
Notting Hill’s Shakka was named Best R&B/Soul Act for the second consecutive year, beating James Blake and Michael Kiwanuka to the prize.
Congratulations to US multi-instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding for seeing off stiff competition to take home the title of Best Jazz Act.
As Major Lazer’s dancehall-flavoured pop dominates the charts, the MOBO committee continue to give the scene’s true trailblazers some much deserved dues in the Best Reggae Act category.