Fuse ODG Makes History At 2015 MOBO Awards
Ghanaian-born UK-based Afrobeats act, Fuse ODG, made history by winning the Best African Act, three times in a row.
Grime was the big winner at this year’s Mobo awards, with Stormzy taking home Best Male Act and Best Grime Artist while Skepta won Best Song for his hit “Shutdown”.
Also, after receiving the highest nominations, ‘Freek Of The Week’ duo Krept and Konan won Best Hip-Hop Act and best album for The Long Way Home. Elsewhere, 'Godfather of Grime' Wiley won a Paving The Way award, as did Sir Lenny Henry. In total, there were 27 nominations for grime artists.
The awards show took place at Leeds Arena, with guests including Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, Robert Pattinson and Idris Elba.
Performances came from FKA Twigs, Lianna La Havas and Cee-Lo Green, ITV coming under fire for cutting the latter’s rendition of "Forget You" short from their broadcast.
Sir Lenny Henry’s acceptance speech was labelled ‘epic’ by viewers, winning unanimous praise on Twitter for lines such as:
“Thank you Mobos, Music of Black Origin Awards, I feel like Ed Sheeran up in here!”
Over the last few years, the Mobos has come under fire for rewarding white artists such as Sheeran, Sam Smith and Jessie J.
Below is the full list of winners at this year’s awards
Best hip-hop act: Krept and Konan
Best newcomer: Section Boyz
Best African act: Fuse ODG
Best female act: Ella Eyre
Best male act: Stormzy
Best song: Skepta – Shutdown
Best grime act: Stormzy
Best album: Krept and Konan – The Long Way Home
Best video: FKA twigs – Pendulum
Best reggae act: Popcaan
Best jazz: Binker and Moses
Best R&B/soul act: Shakka
Best gospel act: Faith Child
Best international album: Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Mobo outstanding achievement award: CeeLo Green
Paving the way: Wiley
Paving the way: Sir Lenny Henry