mobo awards 2013It’s been 18 years since a brave woman from north-west London organised an event that brought urban music from the margins of British popular culture to the heart of the UK mainstream.

The MOBO Awards was the first of its kind in the UK and seeing as it’s been 18 years since the first show was aired, Pappzd is presenting you with a list of what the world was like in 1996, when the MOBO Awards were born.


Tony Blair & Kanya King mobo awards 1996

Tony Blair wasn’t the Prime Minister yet, but he was an honorary guest at the first MOBO Awards in 1996. Look how happy he is to be there!


HTC One  mobo awards limited edition

HTC, who released a limited edition, 18ct gold plated phone to celebrate the MOBOs 18th anniversary, a phone I will never be able to afford, hadn’t even been founded yet.


sse hydro glasgow arena before and after

The SSE Hydro Glasgow, where the award show is being held this year, was nothing but land. A derelict dock to be precise. Now it’s a beast of a building and officially the largest entertainment venue in Scotland. Maybe even the world! (OK not the world, but I like to exaggerate.)


east 17 1996

East 17, Dru Hill and All Saints, who have all performed at one of the MOBOs, hadn’t split up yet. Do you remember how cool East 17 were back in the days? Now they look like the type of guys who come in to fix a burst pipe.


kanya king 1996 mobo awards

Kanya King had the same hairstyle 18 years ago. She probably uses Brazilian hair now. But it’s still as diva-ish as ever!


Alan Jackson was still on Eastenders



David Beckham had those unforgettable curtains.


wannabe spice girls 1996

The Spice Girls burst onto the scene with Wannabe and girls all over the world found new Idols.


MOBO Awards 2011 - Show

Dionne Bromfield, who performed a tribute to her godmother Amy Winehouse at the 2011 MOBOs, was born.



Mark Morrison’s Return of the Mack was No.1 in the charts. You’re going to YouTube it now aren’t you?


mis teeq  1996

Alesha Dixon, who has hosted the MOBOs like a hundred times, just met Sabrina Washington who she would later form girl-group Mis-teeq with.


trainspotting 1996

Scottish Blockbuster Trainspotting was released.


dunblane 1996

The Dunblane school massacre occurred at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland. The gunman entered the school armed with four handguns, shooting and killing sixteen children and one adult before committing suicide. Scottish tennis star and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray went to the school, he was there on the day and was lucky to escape alive. He was just eight years old.


biggie-smalls-1996 alive

Biggie was still alive


lisa lopes mobo awards 2000

Lisa Left Eye Lopez, who hosted the show in 2000, was also still alive.


pokemon 1996

Pokemon was created and changed our lives forever.


dolly_sheep scotland

Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, was born in Scotland.


Shola Ama releases You’re the One I Love.

Seems like such a long time ago doesn’t it? Tell us your favourite memories from 1996 and look forward to some amazing MOBO Awards coverage coming soon.