Hosted by Blu Cantrell and Lil’ Kim, 2003 was sensational for the MOBO Awards. Justin Timberlake arrived as the suavest thing we’d seen for years, while 50 Cent’s $1m record deal with Aftermath/Shady bore its fruits in a glorious way - the rapper winning three awards on the night (pictured above).
Christina Aguilera’s lead single from Stripped, ‘Dirrty’, won Best Video – a now-classic which saw her eliminate that girl next door image from her previous albums.
Big Brovaz beat Terri Walker, Floetry, Lisa Maffia and Dizzee Rascal to the Best Newcomer gong, while there was little dispute that Neptunes took away the Best Producer MOBO Award.
Kool and The Gang and George Benson made special appearances along with Lil’ Kim, to pick up Outstanding Achievement, Lifetime Achievement and MOBO Fashion Icon respectively.
Listen to 2003's MOBO winners in this Spotify playlist:
The winners in full...
Best R&B Act: Justin Timberlake
Best Hip-Hop Act:50 Cent
Best UK Act: (First ever joint award) - Punjabi MC and Big Brovaz
Best Album: 50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Best Single: 50 Cent - In Da Club
Best Video: Christina Aguilera feat. Redman - Dirrty
Best Newcomer: Big Brovaz
Best Producer: Neptunes
Best Garage Act: Lisa Maffia
Best Reggae Act: Wayne Wonder
Best UK Radio: DJ Tim Westwood
Best UK Club: DJ Shortee Blitz
Best Jazz Act: Soweto Kinch
Best World Music Act: Ibrahim Ferrer
Best Gospel Newcomer: Hutcheson Gayle
MOBO Unsung: J'Nay
MOBO Outstanding Achievement: Kool & The Gang
MOBO Lifetime Achievement George Benson
MOBO Fashion Icon: Lil' Kim