The highly anticipated MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards opened with the Jay-Z and Kanye West track ‘Niggas In Paris’ playing in the background (you couldn’t make it up) while a group of female dancers took to the stage and failed to dance in synch with each other in front of a subdued audience.
Then came the odd couple, show hosts former T4 presenter Miquita Oliver and actor Adam Deacon who in my opinion just didn’t gel well together. Miquita did her usual sarcastic/patronising presenting style routine which did not come across well in that particular setting and a 29 year old Adam worked hard to appeal to the 13-16 year old’s tuning in.
Kiss FM duo Rickie and Melvin would have made better hosts for the evening but they were relegated to entertaining viewers with some backstage antics.
Sullen faced winner Plan B looked and acted like he wanted to be somewhere else. What was that all about?????
Singer Rita Ora received far too much screen time. I don’t appreciate Rita’s label Roc Nation and it’s head honcho Shawn Carter aka Jigga forcing their lab creation down our throats.
The legendary Dionne Warwick was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award but I doubt the audience and the majority of artists in attendance knew who she was.
Sean Paul won Best Reggae act. This is a joke because I only remember him releasing one mediocre single last year. It has crossed my mind in the past that Sean must be sleeping with someone on the MOBO voting committee because almost every year since 2003 he has been nominated for an award even when he hasn’t released any new music.
Outstanding Contribution to Music went to R&B trio TLC (rest in peace Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes). The group’s surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas collected the award and revealed that they plan on reuniting and will go on tour together. There is also a TLC movie in the pipeline.
I was a huge TLC fan but I don’t see the tour working without Lisa Lopes. They both should just leave us fans with happy memories of the group.
Thumbs up to Labrinth, Emeli Sande and Angel. I enjoyed watching their performances.
Check out the winners list below.
Best Female Act: Emeli Sande
Best Male Act: Plan B
Best Newcomer: Rita Ora
Best R&B/Soul Act: Emeli Sande
Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act: Plan B
Best Video: JLS – Do You Feel What I Feel
Best Song: Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah – Earthquake
Best Album: Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events
Best International Act: Nicki Minaj
Best Reggae Act: Sean Paul
Best Jazz Act: Zoe Rahman
Best African Act: D’Banj
Best Gospel Act: Rachel Kerr
Outstanding Contribution to Music: TLC
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dionne Warwick
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