Hosted by Mel B and Reverend Run, the 2008 MOBO Awards took place at Wembley Arena. it was a night when British R&B stars including Estelle and Leona Lewis broke the tradition of losing to their US counterparts.
Estelle had a blinding 2008 with her global smash ‘American Boy’, a collaboration with Kanye West, and was “very happy” to pick up the Best UK Female Award that year.
Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Chris Brown and Mavado were just some of the other winners, while YolanDa Brown picked up best Jazz after opening for The Tempations across the UK that same year.
Leona Lewis emerged from The X Factor fully formed, picking up two MOBO Awards for Best Video (‘Bleeding Love’) and Best Album in the process.
Listen to 2008's MOBO winners in full via this Spotify playlist:
The winners in full...
Best UK Female: Estelle
Best Album: Leona Lewis - Spirit
Best Gospel: Jahaziel
Best UK Newcomer: Chipmunk
Best African Act: 9ice
Best Hip Hop Act: Lil' Wayne
Best Video: Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Best International Act: Chris Brown
Best Song: Estelle - American Boy
Best UK Male: Dizzee Rascal
Best Radio DJ: Trevor Nelson
Best Jazz Act: Yolanda Brown
Lifetime Achievement: Mary Wilson
See what the year's MOBO winners had to say in this YouTube playlist full of winners' speeches: