Jessie J stole the show at the MOBO Awards, winning four out of the five categories in which she was nominated.
However, will critics have something to say about the fact that the big winner of the night was not of black origin? In the build up to this year’s ceremony, eyebrows were raised at the amount of white artists nominated prompting an editorial in The Voice newspaper that this was “doing a disservice to black artists.” As well as Jessie being nominated for five, Adele was up for four awards.
But the founder of the Music Of Black Origin Awards, Kanya King, argued that “most forms of pop” these days have their roots in black music:
“The awards reflect what is happening in the UK music scene right now. Now more than ever, urban music is prevalent.”
Jessie J won Best Newcomer, Best UK Act, Best Song for ‘Do It Like A Dude’ and Best Album for ‘Who You Are’.
Other winners on the night included:
- Best UK Act: Jessie J
- Best Newcomer: Jessie J (as long as it wasn’t OG wossername)
- Best Hip Hop/Grime Act: Tinie Tempah (shock)
- Best Video: Spaceship – Tinchy Stryder and Dappy (Phew, not Skepta)
- Best International Act: Rihanna
- Best Song: Do it Like a Dude – Jessie J
- Best Album: Who You Are – Jessie J
- Best Reggae Act: Alborosie
- Best Jazz Act: Kairos 4Tet
- Best African Act: Wizkid
- Best Gospel Act: Triple O
- Best R&B/Soul Act: Adele
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Boyz II Men
What do you think of the winners this year? Are the MOBO organisers out of touch? Are MOBO Awards still relevant?