Since its inception in 1996, the MOBO Awards has truly become one of Europe’s biggest Music Award ceremonies, and perhaps the most important and influential event for music makers and fans. Celebrating excellence in music for more than 20 years, MOBO continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic and technical achievements of exceptional British and international talent in the musical fields of Hip Hop, Grime, RnB/Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, and African music.
Global artists attending over the years have included Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Diddy, Jay Z, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Usher, Sam Smith and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few.
From the outset MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of numerous UK artists such as Stormzy, Craig David, Rita Ora, Ms Dynamite, Krept and Konan, Chip and Kano - giving them their very first big platform at the start of their journey to global success.
Beyond the awards, MOBO supports undiscovered talent in music via MOBO UnSung, and across the wider creative industries via the MOBO Season and MOBOvation Talks, alongside our newly established charity, MOBO Trust, which aims to support young people in the creative industries via a MOBO Fund and an all-new MOBO Academy.
Find out what MOBO winners and cultural figures have to say about MOBO
"The fact that [MOBO] is putting artist like myself live on television in front of a million plus audience, an audience that is a bit difficult to reach with just social media, or just YouTube, or just radio; that can only be a good thing."
Stormzy, 6 time MOBO Award winner
"The MOBOs play a crucial role in the British music industry, showcasing Music of Black Origin. It’s more important than ever that we celebrate black excellence and recognize the achievements of black communities."
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party
"As someone who once faced homelessness, I know how important it is to have access to something better. I’m blessed to have this chance to lay a paving stone in a place that I hold so dear and leave a legacy for future generations. Thank you MOBO for giving me that opportunity."
Idris Elba, MOBO Paving The Away Award Recipient
"MOBO Awards Thanks for having me! I had so much fun. American award shows need to be this type of fun! It was too lit!!"
Cardi B, MOBO nominated artist & 2017 performer
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