Sam Smith Sweeps The Boards at MOBO Awards Wembley Spectacular
· Singer takes home four awards
·Jessie J named MOBO Best Female
·Krept & Konan win Best Hip Hop 12 months after winning Best Newcomers while unsigned
·Fuse ODG wins Best African Act for the second year running
London, 23 October 2014: Sam Smith swept the board at this year’s spectacular MOBO Awards in association with HTC One (M8), coming away with four awards, including MOBO Best Male and MOBO Best Song and MOBO Best Album.
Hosted at the SSE Arena, Wembley, and shown exclusively live on ITV2, with highlights on ITV1, this was MOBO’s 19th ceremony and the first in its spiritual home of London for five years.
The capital’s own Jessie J was named MOBO Best Female, while Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé, took home Best International artist.
Voting was weighted equally between the public and MOBO’s Panel of Specialists, with the exceptions of Best Grime Act, voted by listeners to BBC Radio 1Xtra, and Best Album, which was decided by a live Twitter vote.
Ella Eyre won in the coveted Best Newcomer in association with HTC award, which has often been a springboard to mainstream success, with previous recipients – including Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Rita Ora – collectively going on to land 33 number ones (and counting).
Two other previous best newcomer winners, Krept & Konan, completed an incredible 12 months, with the duo winning Best Hip Hop a year after winning the Best Newcomer award and landing a Guinness World Record for the biggest UK album from a then-unsigned act.
This is the first year that MOBO has featured a specialist Grime category, recognising the uniquely British genre’s distinctive qualities from hip hop, with Stormzy taking home the inaugural Best Grime in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra awards.
2014 MOBO Award winners:
· MOBO Best African: Fuse ODG
· MOBO Best Female: Jessie J
· MOBO Best Hip Hop: Krept and Konan
· MOBO Best Intl.: Beyoncé
· MOBO Inspiration: Idris Elba
· Best Male: Sam Smith
· Best Newcomer in association with HTC: Ella Eyre
· Best Reggae: Stylo G
· Best Song: Sam Smith
· Best Video: Skepta
· Best RnB/Soul: Sam Smith
· Best Gospel: Living Faith Connection Choir
· Best Jazz: Zara McFarlane
· Best Grime in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra – Stormzy
· Best Album: Sam Smith
Actor Idris Elba was presented with another inaugural award, the MOBO Inspiration award, which recognises someone who has overcome hardship and adversity to achieve great success – regardless of the field they work in.
The awards were jointly hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford and Mel B, hosting for a record fourth time. Award presenters ranged from Tulisa and Louis Smith to Tinie Tempah and Nicole Scherzinger, boxers Nicola Adams MBE and David Haye, and supermodel Naomi Campbell with US star Eve.
The show’s track record in stellar performances and incredible collaborations continued with trans-Atlantic tie-ups including Jessie J and LA rapper Kid Ink, Professor Green and US soul singer Tori Kelly – and living legend Candi Staton working with the UK’s hottest young rapper, Little Simz.
There were also genre-busting three-way collaborations between Gorgon City, MNEK and Jess Glynne, plus Fuse ODG, Stylo G, Meridian Dan and Fekky, as well as superb solo spots from leading ladies Nicole Scherzinger and Ella Eyre.
Kanya King MBE, founder and driving force of the MOBO movement, said: “
“We saw so many inspiring people on stage tonight from so many different fields, I hope tonight’s show encourages the next generation of kids with the right mix of audacity and tenacity to make their mark. “The one message from tonight is if you have the talent, you owe it to yourself to get out there and let your voice be heard.”
HTC is the lead sponsor of the MOBO awards for the third year running. It is also proud to support the Best Newcomer Award, helping foster new up and coming talent in the music industry. For more details on products or their sponsorship visit www.htc.com.
The MOBO Organisation has teamed up with ITV for a three-year partnership to bring the MOBO Awards ceremony to the UK’s biggest digital channel ITV2 as well as a highlights show on ITV1.
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About MOBO Organisation
The MOBO Organisation was established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists in musical genres of black origin. It is now Europe’s leading urban music brand.
The MOBO Organisation has evolved into far more than just an awards show, supporting a huge variety of genres all year round as it pursues its mission to identify, inspire, motivate and educate the next generation of creative talent.
It has established a busy training and mentoring programme, including MOBO UnSung, which helps talented young performers, who are more often than not from challenging backgrounds, find their feet in the music industry.
2014 will see the MOBO Organisation take the biggest step in its history and move beyond its focus on music to encourage the next generation of creative talent regardless of their field, teaming up with established organisations in film, broadcast, the theatre and entertainment as a whole.