Mobo Awards give out prize to wrong band

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

R&B trio WSTRN were mis­tak­enly given some­one else’s prize at Fri­day night’s Mobo Awards in Glas­gow.

The Lon­don­ers were an­nounced as win­ners of best song and gave a speech be­fore or­gan­is­ers re­vealed the prize should have gone to MC Abra Cadabra.

“Of the many wor­thy win­ners of best song, we deeply re­gret a mis­take was made,” said Mobo or­gan­is­ers, in a state­ment blam­ing a “pro­duc­tion er­ror.”

Craig David, Drake, Kano and Lady Leshurr won the night’s main prizes.

David was named best male, cap­ping a year in which he has re­turned from the pop wilder­ness with a num­ber one al­bum, Fol­low­ing My In­tu­ition.

Drake, whose sin­gle One Dance was at num­ber one for 14 weeks ear­lier this year, was named best international act. While Birm­ing­ham MC Lady Leshurr, who learned to make mu­sic in her lo­cal youth club, took home best fe­male act.

The 27-year-old is per­haps less well-known than her fel­low win­ners, but is poised for big things after a se­ries of freestyle raps, called The Queen’s Speech, went vi­ral on­line.

She is cur­rently record­ing her de­but al­bum with US mega-pro­ducer Tim­ba­land.

“This is like a dream come true,” said the rap­per. “I’ve been watch­ing the Mo­bos since ages ago, ba­si­cally. To be here be­hind this stand... I’m shak­ing.”

Craig David’s win came 16 years after he picked up the Mobo for best new­comer.

“What a time to be alive. 2016 feels good,” he said as he picked up his tro­phy from singer Katy B. “Thanks to ev­ery­one who’s been rolling with me since 1999.

“Can I say a huge thank you to the Mo­bos for sup­port­ing me since day one?” the star added.

How­ever, he went on to recog­nise his fel­low nom­i­nees - in­clud­ing Skepta, Kano and Stor­mzy, all of whom have been at the front­line of the grime resur­gence this year.

Grime was well-rep­re­sented in the night’s other cat­e­gories. Sec­tion Boyz took home best hiphop, while Chip picked up the best grime prize.

Kano won best al­bum for Made In The Manor, a tex­tured and re­flec­tive record, rooted in his east Lon­don up­bring­ing.

The star beat Mer­cury Prizewin­ner Skepta, and two other Mer­cury nom­i­nees, Laura Mvula and Michael Ki­wanuka, to scoop the prize.

He was un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony, but sent a recorded mes­sage, hold­ing aloft a chipped tro­phy. “My award’s bro­ken but I’m go­ing to have a drink tonight,” he said.

WSTRN had kept their award for best song for al­most an hour be­fore hosts Rickie Wil­liams and Melvin Odoom an­nounced the er­ror, ex­plain­ing “some­one picked up the wrong en­ve­lope”.

Abra Cadabra then ac­cepted the award, ac­com­pa­nied by Krept and Ko­nan, whose remix of his song was the even­tual win­ner.

WSTRN’s night was not a com­plete loss, how­ever. They went on to win the prize for best new­com­ers.

Rap star Tinie Tem­pah pulled out of per­form­ing at the cer­e­mony with hours to go.

In a hand­writ­ten state­ment, the star blamed “mu­sic in­dus­try pol­i­tics” and stressed: “The Mo­bos is a cer­e­mony I have grown up watch­ing and take pride in”. The full list of Mobo win­ners: Best Male Act - Craig David Best Fe­male Act - Lady Leshurr Best New­comer - WSTRN Best Al­bum - Kano: Made In The Manor Best Hip Hop Act - Sec­tion Boyz Best Song - Abra Cadabra ft. Krept & Ko­nan: Rob­bery (remix)

Best Video - Na­dia Rose: SKWOD Best R&B/Soul - Shakka Best Grime Act (In As­so­ci­a­tion with BBC Ra­dio 1Xtra): Chip Best International Act: Drake Best Jazz Act: Esper­anza Spald­ing Best Gospel Act: Gu­vna B Best Reg­gae Act: Pop­caan Best African Act: Wiz Kid Paving The Way: Ni­cola Adams MBE and Ms. Dy­na­mite

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