Top 10 MOBO Moments
In celebration of tonights (November 4) MOBO Awards ceremony, we've listed our top 10 MOBO moments.
1996: Baby D
At the inaugural MOBO Awards ceremony back in 1996, UK dance group Baby D received the very first ever MOBO Award, winning the award for Best Dance Act. Their classic track ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’ is still heard every weekend in clubs around the country having initially been released in 1992.
The new millennium brought with it an iconic moment in the history of the MOBO Awards when founder Karen King managed to persuade Soul icon Sade to perform her track ‘By Your Side’ back in 2000 after an eight year hiatus away from the music industry. ‘Lovers Rock’, the album on which the track was from, has since gone on to be certified triple platinum.
2000: Craig David
With a host of American artists picking up MOBO’s at the 1999 ceremony, including Destiny’s Child, Lauryn Hill, Jay Z, TLC and Eminem, the awards in 2000, which were presented by the late Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopez, will go down in history for the statement Craig David made when he donned a ‘Buy British’ jumper as he won the award for Best Newcomer. Considering how many records he went on to sell over the years, it appears people listened to him too.
2001: So Solid Crew
Legendary UK collective So Solid Crew opened the proceedings at the 2001 awards ceremony, performing their smash hit ‘21 Seconds’, and went on to win the awards for Best Newcomer and Best UK Garage Act. So Solid members Oxide & Neutrino also won the Best Video award for ‘Up Middle Finger’, making it a very special year for the group.
2005 saw Sway take home the award for Best Hip Hop Act despite not having released his official debut album yet. At that point in his career the UK rapper had only shared two independent mixtapes, ‘This Is My Promo’ volumes 1 & 2, which he sold on the street and at gigs. Following his win, Sway claimed “I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised.”
In 2006, a host of well known American rappers including Kanye West, The Game, Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent had been nominated for the Best Hip Hop Award, but it was a homegrown talent in the shape of Akala who stunned the crowd by taking the award. Definitely a win for the UK urban scene and a very well deserved victory for Akala.
2009/2011: RIP Michael Jackson & Amy Winehouse
Many artists leave a huge legacy when they pass away and the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse have both created memorable moments at the MOBO’s. In 2009, months after Michael Jackson’s death, his siblings LaToya and Jermaine Jackson led an emotional tribute to the the King of Pop, which also included a performance by dance crew Diversity. In 2011, Amy Winehouse’s goddaughter Dionne Bromfield performed a moving rendition of ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ in honour of the London icon.
2010: Tinchy Stryder Feat. Giggs, Professor Green, Chip, Tinie Tempah, Example & Devlin
At the end of the last decade, Tinchy Stryder ensured the 2010 MOBO Awards were a year to remember as he put together a supergroup of UK talent and performed ‘Game Over’. Featuring Giggs, Professor Green, Chip, Tinie Tempah, Example and Devlin, the performance was a brilliant moment for the scene and showcased what can be created when artists put their creative talents together. Somehow we don’t think we’ll be seeing Chip and Tinie on another track together anytime soon though.
Skepta ensured his 2014 win in the Best Video category for ‘That’s Not Me’ went down in MOBO history when he revealed that the video had only cost him £80 to make, surely making it the cheapest music video of all time to win a MOBO.
Stormzy was the recipient of the first ever Best Grime award in 2014, beating the likes of Skepta, Ghetts, Jme & Wiley to the award and his shock told you everything you needed to know about one of the UK’s most humble artists. Throw in Jammer’s “It’s the year of Grime; the year of UK culture” speech at the end and you’ve got a classic MOBO’s moment.
Words: Matt Tarr