1997 MOBO Awards

Held at London’s Connaught Rooms on 10 November, the second ever MOBO Awards included performances by Mary J. Blige and Eternal. The British charts were being set alight by Shola Ama and The Prodigy, while Coolio and Funky DL represented farther fields.

Jungle was booming and Roni Size and Reprazent represented by picking up an award on the night. Will Smith took away Best Video for ‘Men In Black, while Blackstreet won Best International Act.Jamiroquai won Best Album, while Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall went away with the Outstanding Achievement award.

Listen to 1997's winners on Spotify here:



The winners in full...

Best Dance Act: The Prodigy
Best R&B Act: Shola Ama
Best Hip Hop: Funky DL
Best International Hip Hop: Coolio
Best Reggae Act: Finley Quaye
Best Jungle Act: Roni Size and Reprazent
Best Single Eternal
Best Video: Will Smith
Best International Act: Blackstreet
Best Album: Jamiroquai
Best Newcomer: Shola Ama
Best Unsigned Act: Fola Sade
Best International Reggae Act: Beenie Man
Best Producer: Sean Puffy Combs
Best Radio DJ: David Rodigan
Best Club DJ: Metalheadz
Best Jazz Act: Sunship
Best Gospel Act: Beehive
Best International Single: Rosie Gaines ‘Closer Than Close’
Outstanding Achievement: Mick Hucknall
Lifetime Achievement: Bootsy Collins