The MOBO Awards 2020 – Hosted by Chunkz and Maya Jama
The MOBO’s makes its highly anticipated return after 3 years with a virtual ceremony streamed live via their YouTube channel on Wednesday 9th December.
The awards were held at ‘Exhibition London’ in Shepherd’s Bush and hosted by two of the nations most treasured media personalities; Maya Jama & Chunkz. Despite this years cybernated approach due to Covid-19, it was nevertheless a mighty celebration of some of the brightest stars and the finest talent in the UK black music and entertainment scene.
Headie One and M Huncho kicked things off as the opening act performing track ‘Bumpy Ride’ from Headie’s highly acclaimed and chart topping debut album ‘Edna’, followed by a cocktail of vibrant, conceptual performances from H.E.R., Tiwa Savage, Ms Banks, DaVido, Young T & Bugsey, Shaybo, Tiana Major9, Stylo G & Kojey Radical, as well as thought provoking tributes to Grenfell, SARS and Thea and Reign Tecruz.
Maya and Chunkz’ infectious chemistry and banter lead us through the ceremony with Chunkz himself picking up the award for ‘Best Media Personality’. Nines and Headie one both scooped up two awards each; Nines for ‘Album of the Year and Best Hip Hop Act’, and Headie for ‘Best Male Act’ and joint triumph with fellow artists Young T and Bugsey for ‘Song of the Year – Don’t Rush’. Other winners include JME for ‘Best Grime Act’, Aitch for ‘Best Newcomer’ and Mahalia, taking home both ‘Best R&B/Soul Act’ and ‘Best Female Act’.
(In partnership with YouTube Music, ISAWITFIRST, Accenture, Arts Council England and Afrozons).
Chloe Mykel @cocomykel