The MOBO Awards returned for its first full in-person event since 2017 with a ceremony at Coventry Building Society Arena on Sunday night (December 5).
The show was livestreamed on YouTube and a TV special will follow on BBC One at 10.35pm on Wednesday, December 8 with DJ Target.
The ceremony was hosted by Leigh-Anne Pinnock and comedian and broadcaster Munya Chawawa, with special guest host Eddie Kadi, who presents BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show.
The 2021 MOBOs featured performances from a diverse range of talent, including Ghetts’ rendition of Mozambique and Hop Out from his acclaimed Conflict Of Interest album; Stefflon Don and Ms Banks teaming up on Dip; and Pa Salieu playing in his home city. There were also performances from rising stars Bree Runway, Tems and Enny, as well as hip-hop collective NSG and rap star Potter Payper.
Dave, who took home Best Newcomer at the 2017 MOBO Awards, won Album of The Year for his critically lauded and hugely successful We’re All Alone In This Together. The South London rapper was the most nominated artist at this year’s MOBO Awards, accumulating five nominations in total.
After racking up 11 MOBO nominations since 2014, Little Simz scooped her first ever win, triumphing as Best Female Act. The former Music Week cover star achieved a commercial breakthrough with the universally praised album Sometimes I Might Be An Introvert.
Grime legend Ghetts also scored his first ever MOBO win, taking home Best Male Act in recognition of his Conflict of Interest LP, which peaked at No.2.
London rising star Central Cee took home Best Newcomer and became the inaugural winner of MOBO’s Best Drill Act.
Tion Wayne and Russ Millions won Song of The Year for Body (Remix) featuring ArrDee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1 (3x3), Fivio Foreign and ZT (3x3). The video was the biggest this year on YouTube in the UK.
Nigerian superstar Wizkid won Best International Act and Best African Music Act, following his gigs at London’s O2 Arena.
Cleo Sol, who released her second album this year and features on recordings by Sault, won for Best R&B/Soul Act.
World heavyweight champion boxer Frank Bruno was honoured with the MOBO Inspiration Award.
MOBO AWARDS 2021 WINNERS
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
DAVE - WE’RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER
BEST FEMALE ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
BEST MALE ACT
BEST NEWCOMER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS
SONG OF THE YEAR – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY ARENA
TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS FEAT. ARRDEE, BUGZY MALONE, BUNI, DARKOO, E1 (3X3), FIVIO FOREIGN & ZT (3X3) – BODY (REMIX)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
M1LLIONZ – LAGGA (DIRECTED BY TEEEEZY C)
BEST GRIME ACT
BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
BEST HIP-HOP ACT
D. BLOCK EUROPE
BEST DRILL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRENCH
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM
MICHEAL WARD AS FRANKLYN IN SMALL AXE
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
CHUNKZ & YUNG FILLY
BEST GOSPEL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL
BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS WITH SHEILA O
BEST REGGAE ACT
BEST JAZZ ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
SONS OF KEMET
BEST PRODUCER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMPLEX UK