No Win For Wretch 32 At This Year's Mobo Awards. Fans And Artists Are Disgusted...
Last night marked the 16th MOBO Awards show. Held in Glasgow, the prestigious show – which stands for Music of Black Origin – sets out to congratulate current and active music artists that have contributed to such music and made a positive impact to the music industry...
The nominations saw an array of artists, new and old, in the lucky draw: Wretch 32, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder, to name but a few, all who were nervously waiting last night for the announcements.
Jessie J, who has been the talk of the year, was nominated for 5 awards and walked home with 4 awards, including Best UK Act, Best Newcomer, Best Song ('Do It Like A Dude') and Best Album for 'Who You Are'. The singer looked overwhelmed and tearful as she went up to collect her last award and insisted on bringing Tinie Tempah with her on stage – who was also up for the award, but lost to the Essex-born singer.
However, there has been controversy raised over the MOBO Awards and why there appeared to be a lack of black music artists winning awards. Chipmunk had a lot to say last night on Twitter, and expressed his anger towards Wretch 32 not having won a single award despite being nominated for 4. These verging on angry tweets were soon deleted, but then he wrote: “Just for the record, it was NOT me who deleted the tweets. I would have left them there. But today is a new day..."
The humble Wretch 32 simply tweeted "speechless" after the awards show had finished. Thousands of fans replied to him to show support and congratulate him on his success, regardless of him not winning the desired trophies. The MOBOs have received a lot of stick this year with everyone, even Tim Westwood, being heavily critical of the award show. The Voice Newspaper even suggested that the MOBOs were "doing a disservice to black artists" by using less black performers on the show.
Kanya King, who founded the show, said in response to all of the abuse: "The awards reflect what is happening in the UK music scene right now. Now more than ever, urban music is prevalent. The excitement and atmosphere of our second year here in Glasgow has shown the love that the whole country has for MOBO. We felt so welcome the first time we came here, we didn't think it could be topped. This year has been a phenomenal success and we can't wait to return in 2013."
Words: Melissa Erasia (@MelissaErasia)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)