The MOBO Awards 2016: The Round Up!
Last night Glasgow hosted the 21st MOBO Awards, and what a night it was. Some major performance from major artists, and we got all the answers that we'd been waiting for.
The night started with a powerful performance from Laura Mvula, and shortly after we saw the announcement of the 'Best Male Act' award.
Some massively influential artists up for nomination including Skepta, Kano and Stormzy. But, this was one had to go to an artist who has had an impressive comeback and has revitalised a section of UK music. Craig David picked up this one. He announced that he had won this for all the nominees. Some nominees were very deserving of the award, but we cannot deny what Craig David has done for the UK scene.
The Queen of the 0121 took to the stage to bring us a medley of her top tracks. An artist that has gained a lot of love within the UK and on a global scale. A massive face in Grime and UK Rap and is a role model for anyone who is trying to do music. From freestyles to travelling the world. Leshurr has done serious stuff not only for Birmingham, but for the UK. Her energy when on stage really makes her stand out from the rest, a talented artist all round, bars, flow, her energy on stage, all make her what she is today.
You can check out her performance below.
The next award to be announced was 'Best Video'. A difficult one to decide, the UK scene has had an unreal year and as our generation takes control and puts their talents to work it see's us be given some high quality material every day. It was Nadia Rose and her 'Skwod' that picked up this one, and it was definitely well deserved. Some very unique and cold shots put together for this video, and to see one of our own talents pick up this award at such a young age, just goes to show anything is possible.
Pro Green and Maya Jama made their way to stage to announce the winner of the 'Best Hip-Hop Act', another award which see's some sick artists up for nomination.
Giggs, Little Simz, Fekky and Wretch 32 were all up for nomination.
All having big years in 2016. Giggs and Wretch in particular with the 'Landlord' from Giggs and Wretch 32 with 'Growing Over Life'.
Section Boyz were also up for nomination. After winning 'Best Newcomer Act' last year they've been doing some serious stuff and were looking for more awards this year. And, that is exactly what they got. The South London crew picked up the award and they've got some big events coming up before the year is out. I'm sure they'll be striving for the same success next year aswell.
UK legends, Chase and Status, took to the stage to perform and we were blessed as Frisco took to the stage to perform 'Funny' which they linked up for this time last year. Frisco, as per usual, killed his performance and to see this one performed live was very sick.
And, now for the one that, personally I feel like this is the award with the toughest list of nominees.
AJ Tracey, an artist that has taken the game by storm and had a very impressive year.
Kano, an experienced head in the game who has seen on the nomination list for a number of awards this year, one in particular being the 'Mercury Prize' for his legendary album 'Made In The Manor'.
Chip, still a young head in the game, but a head that has been in the game from a very early age. 10 years deep and he has done things in the music industry that none many have. The Cash Motto man has returned to his roots and been one of the most influential characters over the past few years.
Skepta, the most obvious nomination as he took his sound global this year and gained a large number of accolades whilst doing so.
Stormzy, again another MC that undeniably deserves the nomination, a man that has changed the scene and brought grime back to life.
It was Chip who took the award back to North London and I feel that he deserves this the most. After years of hard work and discovering himself. The CM man put in serious work this year and gave the scene a new found life by bringing back what really matters.
WSTRN took to the stage after this announcement. A group of artists who have brought a very powerful vibe and have really made a name for themselves. Consistently coming through with some heavy tracks. In2 got everyone listening and they have definitely continued the vibe.
It was then time for the 'Best Song' award. This has to be one of the strongest line ups for this category for the MOBO's. 2016 has definitely seen saw massive tracks and to narrow down to such a short list does not only express how powerful the UK is, but the artists nominated must take serious pride in their work after such a big achievement.
The list of nominations can be seen below.
Craig David x Big Narstie “When The Bassline Drops”
(Produced by White N3rd)
Kano Feat. Giggs & Wiley “3 Wheel-Ups”
(Produced by Swifta Beater)
Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson “Girls Like”
(Produced by NANA ROGUES)
(Produced by PRGRSHN for PARALLEL)
Jorja Smith “Blue Lights” (Produced by Joice)
Naughty Boy Feat. Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin “Runnin’”
(Produced by Naughty Boy)
Abra Cadabra Feat. Krept & Konan "Robbery (Remix)"
(Produced by Yamaica)
Chase & Status Feat. Frisco “Funny”
(Produced by Chase & Status)
Ghetts – “You Dun Know Already”
(Produced by Sir Spyro)
M.O “Who Do You Think Of”
(Produced by FRED)
J.Hus "Friendly" (Produced by J5)
Lethal Bizzle “Wobble” (Produced by Diztortion)
Unfortunately, their was a mistake made at the awards show and WSTRN collected the award. But in actual fact it was Abra Cadabra who picked up the award. A massive achievement at such a young age, and the link up for the remix with Krept and Konan really elevated his name and sound. And it is clear for everyone to see that it is going to be widely appreciated. If his year hadn't been mad enough after his Rated Award win, then picking up a MOBO has definitely topped it off.
The next award to be announced would be the 'Paving The Way' award. A very meaningful award that is an honour to anyone who picks up such a prestigious award.
This years winner was, Nicola Adams, a female boxer, but the first first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. A very influential and powerful character. All through her career she has been open to herself and worked hard to reach her dreams, and whilst doing so has worked with charities and aimed to make a difference not just for herself but for everyone.
It was that time of the night for us to find out who this years 'Best Newcomer' was, the award comes in association with the major UK platform, Link Up TV, an organisation that knows a lot about the newcomers in the scene as they are a popular platform to turn to if you need to get your music heard. Again another strong list of nominations.
67, one of the most urban collectives in the scene right now, and they've been a very popular act throughout the year.
Avelino, after working very closely with one of the UK's most influential rappers, Wretch 32, it was no doubt that his sound was going to grow in quality. A very talented MC and with the guidance from his experienced peers it was only a matter of time till a wider audience started listening.
Izzy Bizu, an artist who has made a real name for herself this year. Coming from South West London she has built a strong network after signing a record label. She has also received a lot of love from Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ's this meant she was always striving for success.
AJ Tracey, straight out of the country's capital, he has elevated his talents and his art to serious levels this year and has gained a lot of love within the UK and across the scene.
MoStack, another artist who brought a very unique vibe to the scene, and expressed himself through his sound. Some big link ups and heavy tracks this year and he is definitely well worthy of his nomination.
Kojey Radical, an MC, a poet, a creative from East London, an artist who really appreciates the power his voice holds and expresses this perfectly through his music. A very new face in the game who is making some serious noise.
Nadia Rose, this is a woman who is going to be a massive influence in the UK scene for years to come. Her raw talent and vibe that she brings with her music is a sound that will remain popular for years to come, still very early into her career and she has got a lot of achievements coming her way.
RAY BLK, a very impressive year for this talented young lady. After releasing powerful tracks such as 50/50 and her track with Stormzy, 'My Hood' she started to get a lot of well deserved recognition.
Anne-Marie, a singer/songwriter from the UK who as a child performed in 2 West End performances, so it was clear she was not shy of putting on a show, and this talent really shines through in her sound.
WSTRN, the WINNERS. An amazing year and have built a strong legacy in such a short space of time. In2 and A-List have kick started their careers which are definitely on their way to the top. The crew have quickly become one of the most popular sounds in the UK and there was a time when you could not go anywhere without hearing their work. Deserved winners.
As the night drew closer to an end, it was time for us to find out who would be announced as the winner for the 'Best Album' category. Would it be....
Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
Giggs - Landlord
Kano - Made In The Manor
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Skepta - Konnichiwa
It's KA...Made In The Manor was the project that picks up the award for the MOBO's Best Album of 2016. An album that will go down in UK history and will become a timeless classic. A sound that will always be appreciated and the journey that Kano has been on up until now is really shown through this body of work. Kano couldn't be at the awards as he was traveling but you can see his acceptance speech for his win below.
Jamaica was the next to bring the vibe at the MOBO's. Popcaan took to the stage to bring the vibe, and to help him along the way he brought out Sneakbo. Another artists making serious noise, and they both shutdown their link up at the MOBO's last night. Check it out below.
The last award of the night was the 'Best Female Act'. Over the past few years we have seen a number of females take the game by storm and the competition amongst the women in the game has risen by a large amount.
But, the winner of this years award has excelled and performed admirably. The work rate, the talent, everything about this artist and the success she has seen is extremely well deserved. Lady Leshurr, Birmingham's very own. This years MOBO 'Best Female'.
To close the night we were given some new music by two acts that have got a very strong reputation in the game. Fekky, who has brought us a catalogue of bangers, and Section Boyz. We all know about them after they picked up their award earlier in the night, and if you don't know about them by now, I don't know where you have been.
The new track comes with the title 'Madting, Sadting'. Two days ago they announced the link up and captioned the artwork on Instagram with..'Loading'. It seems that Friday night was the right time to give it us, and we now await the official release.
Fekky and the Section crew shut down this new banger at the MOBO's. The perfect way to bring the night to a close as we now await the official release and maybe some visuals?
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