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22 Nov 2023 10:38 PM
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Thursday 23 November - The MOBO Awards is excited to announce it is coming to the city of Sheffield for the first time ever! This year’s ceremony is set to kick off the 2024 awards season, coming to you live from the Utilita Arena Sheffield on 7 February 2024 for its incredible 26th year. Tickets are available now via mobo.com/tickets. 

With a commitment to delivering an exceptional show for fans, viewers at home, and artists, the event has moved from its usual date and will be taking place in early 2024 to ensure a memorable celebration of Black music and culture. 

Sheffield's unique blend of industrial history, diverse and welcoming communities, natural beauty, cultural vibrancy, and a strong sense of community is what makes it so special, and MOBO are delighted to be expanding to the north once again, continuing its tradition of bringing the MOBO Awards and the exceptional music, talent and culture to cities and regions UK-wide. 

MOBO Founder Kanya King CBE, said:

"MOBO are excited to be kicking off the 2024 Awards season and heading to the city of Sheffield for the very first time for the 26th MOBO Awards. For the past 14 years, the MOBO Awards have travelled to cities outside of London – including Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Coventry, and now Sheffield. Our desire to bring MOBO to different cities across the UK has always been rooted in the desire to unite massive talent from a local and global level, as well as fans, to deliver an iconic music experience rooted in celebrating Black music’s present and future, as well as elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. Now in its twenty sixth year, the MOBO Awards continues its reign as the ultimate platform to showcase creativity, culture, and excellence. As we prepare to celebrate a few cultural milestones next year, the groundbreaking work MOBO does to empower and uplift underrepresented talent beyond the stage will also be at the forefront. Prepare for an unmissable night of iconic performances and surprises as we celebrate artistic excellence, MOBO’s enduring legacy, and a game changing future.” 
Cllr Tom Hunt, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome MOBO Awards to Sheffield early next year and welcome thousands of people to celebrate music of Black origin at one of Europe’s biggest music award ceremonies. With Sheffield’s rich musical history and our reputation for hosting major events, we’re proud to recognise and honour exceptional British and international talent across a range of genres. Music runs through our blood and this partnership with MOBO and Utilita Arena Sheffield is another example of our ambition for this city and an opportunity for us to celebrate our diverse music and culture. 2024 will be a big year for Sheffield and we cannot wait to roll out the red carpet.”

MOBO is also excited to welcome Shea Moisture as the Official Hair Care Partner for MOBO Awards, and delighted to announce the Crowne Plaza as the official VIP Hotel for the awards. 

MOBO is proud to partner with the BBC for the fourth consecutive year. BBC One will broadcast a special behind-the-scenes show, which will include exclusive backstage content, never-before-seen performances and interviews from the award ceremony. More details of the live-stream and broadcast to be announced. 

Last year, the milestone 25th MOBO Awards was held in London, hosted by Chunkz and Yung Filly. Knucks, Little Simz, Central Cee and PinkPantheress scooped up the big awards of the night; alongside Nile Rodgers who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Craig David for the Outstanding Contribution Award. The show also featured performances from Nile Rodgers, Craig David, Kojey Radical, Tion Wayne, Fireboy DML, Cat Burns, FLO, Eliza Rose, Beanie Man and a special tribute to Jamal Edwards by Emeli Sandé.

For a quarter of the century, MOBO has been proudly celebrating and elevating black music in the UK. Its 26-year legacy has seen MOBO be pivotal in supporting the growth of British Black music on a global scale, championing homegrown talent, and setting the standard in Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Grime, Drill, Gospel, Jazz, Reggae, African music, Electronic/Dance, Alternative music and beyond. 

Since its inaugural ceremony in 1996 at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms, the exceptional homegrown talent like Stormzy, Dave, Little Simz, Skepta, Kano, Headie MOBO Awards has become a calendar staple in the UK and its iconic trophy now one of the highest accolades in music. In recent years, it has honoured trailblazers and One, Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Central Cee, J Hus, Ezra Collective and more. Recognising its unique position in Black British popular culture, MOBO in recent years have also expanded beyond music to celebrate talent in the arts and media. It awarded an Inspirational Award to Hollywood star Idris Elba and acclaimed British filmmaker Steve McQueen, Best Media Personality to Chunkz and Yung Filly, and Best Performance In A TV Show/Film to Kane Robinson (Kano) at last year’s ceremony. 

Arena Tickets are on sale now via www.MOBO.com/tickets
VIP packages will be available soon. To find out more information, please visit mobo.com/awards

For media enquiries, contact The Outside Organisation:
David Lim –  david@outsideorganisation.com 
Suzie Fellows – suzie@outsideorganisation.com

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About MOBO
Since 1996, the MOBO Organisation has discovered and supported talent in music, film and TV. MOBO operates 365 days a year to create events, content, partnerships and opportunities for young people in the entertainment industries and beyond. For 25 years, the MOBO Awards has remained a significant cultural event in the British music industry, celebrating excellence in Black music. Its enduring legacy as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic achievement of exceptional British and international talent in Hip-Hop, Grime, R&B and Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel and African music has been unparalleled. Global superstars who have been part of the Awards include Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Usher, Rihanna, Cardi B, Davido and H.E.R. just to name a few. The Awards has proudly been hosted all over the United Kingdom over the years including shows in London, Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture. Beyond the Awards, MOBO supports undiscovered talent in music via MOBO UnSung, and across the wider creative and tech industries MOBO supports and connects career opportunities for black talent via MOBOLISE, a platform to empower diversity, excellence and transformation in the workplace.