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Both Little Simz and Knucks take Best Album prize at this year’s MOBO Awards

By | Published on Friday 2 December 2022


The MOBO Awards took place in London on Wednesday night with not one but two albums being presented with the Album Of The Year prize. Any why the hell not? Awards for everyone, I say.

Both ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ by Little Simz and ‘Alpha Place’ by Knucks were considered to be sufficiently magnificent to be presented with the 2022 MOBO for best album. Elsewhere, Central Cee won both the Best Male Act award and the prize for Video Of The Year, while Burna Boy was declared both Best International and Best African music-maker.

In the categories focused on career-long achievements rather than music-making in the last twelve months, Nile Rodgers got the Lifetime Achievement Award, Craig David the Outstanding Contribution Award, and SBTV founder Jamal Edwards was posthumously presented with a Paving The Way Award.

Commenting on this year’s event, MOBO founder Kanya King said: “What an incredible night it has been celebrating the 25th MOBO Awards with our family of artists and talent. It has been a night of legends and the hottest stars, an absolutely glittering array of talent”.

“Huge congratulations to all the winners tonight, with special mention to the incredible trailblazer, Jamal Edwards MBE, the posthumous recipient of our Paving The Way award, as well as our Lifetime Achievement recipient Nile Rogers and Craig David for his Outstanding Contribution. Huge thanks also to our headline partner Lucozade and everyone else who has supported us on our journey”.

“Just take a look at all the myriad of genres covered by the show, it is unprecedented”, she went on. “None of this would be possible without the incredible diversity of the black music scene and culture, significant both to the community and the economy”.

And here’s the full list of winners…

Best Male Act: Central Cee
Best Female Act: PinkPantheress
Best Newcomer: Bru-C
Best International Act: Burna Boy
Best Producer: Inflo

Best R&B/Soul Act: Mahalia
Best Grime Act: D Double E
Best Hip Hop Act: D Block Europe
Best Drill Act: K-Trap
Best Alternative Music Act: Bob Vylan
Best Electronic/Dance Act: Nia Archives
Best Gospel Act: Still Shadey
Best Jazz Act: Ezra Collective
Best African Music Act: Burna Boy
Best Caribbean Music Act: Skillibeng

Album Of The Year (Joint Winners):
Knucks – Alpha Place
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Song Of The Year: Dreya Mac, Felixthe1st & Finch Fetti – Own Brand (Baddie)
Video Of The Year: Central Cee – Doja

Best Performance: Kane Robinson (Kano) as Sully in ‘Top Boy’
Best Media Personality: Nella Rose

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nile Rodgers
Outstanding Contribution Award: Craig David
Paving The Way Award: Jamal Edwards