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Everyone gets their MOBOs in the end

By | Published on Monday 7 November 2016

MOBO Awards

The MOBO Awards took place on Friday night in Glasgow, though with a number of hitches. Tinie Tempah pulled out of a planned performance at the last minute, Abra Cadabra’s prize was magic-ed into the hands of WSTRN by mistake, and Craig David was named Best Male. Although that last one apparently wasn’t an error.

Ahead of the show, Tinie Tempah confirmed he was pulling out via a handwritten note posted on Instagram, in which he said: “I wrote this [note] because my music and my culture is very important to me and this has been the same issue year after year. It is frustrating when music industry politics dictate my ability to celebrate either”.

He didn’t actually state specifically what was stopping him from performing, other than that it was “outside of mine and the MOBOs’ control”.

Meanwhile, once the show was up and running, newcomers WSTRN were excited to pick up the prize for Best Song, only to be told shortly afterwards that their song wasn’t actually the best and that the prize should have gone to someone else. The winner was actually rapper Abra Cadabra for his collaboration with Krept & Konan, ‘Robbery (Remix)’.

“Of the many worthy winners of Best Song, we deeply regret a mistake was made”, said organisers in a tweet later. “The best song goes to Abra Cadabra and Krept & Konan – ‘ROBBERY’!”

That’s the name of the song, of course, not an exclamation. Well, maybe it’s both. Who knows? WSTRN did receive the Best Newcomer prize though, so at least they didn’t have to go home empty handed.

Other award errors on the night were more self-inflicted, Kano accepted his Best Album prize for ‘Made In The Manor’ via a video message, noting that he’d already managed to break his trophy.

The winners in full were:

Best Male Act: Craig David
Best Female Act: Lady Leshurr
Best Newcomer: WSTRN
Best International Act: Drake

Best Album: Kano – Made In The Manor
Best Song: Abra Cadabra feat Krept & Konan – Robbery (Remix)
Best Video: Nadia Rose – SKWOD

Best Hip Hop Act: Section Boyz
Best R&B/Soul Act: Shakka
Best Grime Act: Chip
Best Jazz Act: Esperanza Spalding
Best Gospel Act: Guvna B
Best Reggae Act: Popcaan
Best African Act: Wiz Kid

Paving The Way: Nicola Adams and Ms Dynamite



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