The 2009 MOBO Awards was an historic night for UK talent. On one of the music's biggest nights, homegrown talent not only came together, but also took home the gold...
A tribute performance was dedicated to Michael Jackson, who was honoured with the MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Young Soul Rebels performed their charity single, "I Got Soul". Reggie Yates and Keri Hilson hosted the awards, with Peter Andre doing backstage interviews throughout the show.
For the 14th annual awards, we moved from our London home to the SECC Arena in Glasgow. MOBO founder and CEO Kanya King MBE explained: “Holding the awards in Glasgow is testament to the fact that MOBO music is the sound of Britain as a whole. The reception from Scotland has been great and we cannot wait to put on our show up there.”
JLS began their years-long haul of MOBO Awards with Best Newcomer and Best Song gongs, while other acts who emerged triumphant on the night included Sean Paul, Beyonce, Chipmunk, N-Dubz and Victizzle.
Chipmunk, ever-gracious, said “Music Of Black Origin shows we are coming somewhere”; Nneka was similarly thankful in her speech: “thank you very much MOBO awards for acknowledging my music”.
Listen to 2009's winners' playlist, coming to you via Spotify:
The winners in full...
Best Newcomer: JLS
Best Reggae Act: Sean Paul
Best Album: N-Dubz - Uncle B
Best Video: Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Best Gospel Act: Victizzle
Best Hip Hop Act: Chipmunk
Best African Act: Nneka
BeMOBO Award: War Child
Best Song: JLS - Beat Again
Best DJ: Trevor Nelson
Best Jazz: Yolanda Brown
Lifetime Achievement: Michael Jackson