The 21st MOBO Awards opened and closed to a raptuous applause at this years award ceremony, held at the prestigious SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Hosts Rickie & Melvin of BBC 1Xtra radio station opened the show in true Glaswegian style, draped in traditional Scottish attire, complete with ties and kilts!
Garage star Craig David, who snagged the Best Newcomer award at the Mobos in 2000 secured his return to the music scene by winning this years Best Male Act. Whilst fellow garage and grime artist Chip walked away with the Best Grime Act award.
The ladies did not disappoint either with the Queen of Grime, Lady Leshurr delivering a stellar performance and snagging the Best Female Act award. She said on the night, “It has been a long time coming. I’ve been doing this for over a decade and been trying different things,”.
Girl power reigned supreme as rapper Ms Dynamite and Boxer Nicola Adams scooped the Paving The Way award. Upon collecting her award, Adams delivered a victorious speech that roused a thunderous applause throughout the stadium, as she said, “Tell me I can’t – and that’s why I will…It’s nice to know that people appreciate the hard work I put into the sport and the effort to create a path so that girls behind me don’t have to struggle”.
The pinnacle of the awards undoubtedly goes to Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Popcaan who entered the stage for his performance engulfed by a multitude of Jamaican flags, scantily clad dancers and confetti that rained down like the sunshine of the island. He rightly shone the light on the prominance of dancehall music worldwide as the stadium erupted with a vibe akin to a Caribbean carnival, with a mixture of blaring horns and high spirits amongst all. The only let down on the night was that Popcaan’s performance ended far too soon, but the after parties surely made up for it!