Thursday, September 21, 2006

Boos for no-show Knowles at Mobos

The decision to televise the Mobos live this year might have looked slightly less wise as the audience started to get restless: Jay-Z and Beyonce picked up three awards between them, but for some reason hadn't thought it worth the hassle to fly to the Royal Albert Hall to pick up their prizes. Even the thought of meeting Gina Yashere wasn't enough to tempt them over.

Sam Moore did pop over to get his lifetime achievement award, but then he also once agreed to re-record Soul Man with Lou Reed taking over Dave's bit, so he's not quite as bothered as some people.

Corinne Bailey Rae won the UK female prize; the best male award went to Lemar again - we presume that it's just a lack of imagination on the judging panel's part rather than a real desire to insult black male singers who aren't the urban Daniel O'Donnell. And the best hip-hop prize went to Akala, who's notable more for being the brother of Ms Dynamite rather than anything special.

We know the Mobos have moved on from being a celebration of black culture into trying to be some sort of "leading urban leisure brand", but it's disappointing that in the process they've managed to give out prizes which suggests that black UK music is tame, middle-class and painfully, painfully dull.

The winners in full:

Best Group: Black Eyed Peas

Best U.K. Female: Corinne Bailey Rae

Best U.K. Male: Lemar

Best Song: Beyonce, "Deja Vu," featuring Jay-Z

Best International Female: Beyonce Best International Male: Jay-Z

Best U.K. Newcomer: Corinne Bailey Rae

Best Hip-Hop: Akala

Best Reggae: Sean Paul

Best D.J.: Steve Sutherland

Best African Act: Batman Samini

Best Video: Beyonce, "Deja Vu," featuring Jay-Z

Best R&B: Rihanna

Best Gospel: Nu Life

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Probably shows how out of touch I am these days: when I first saw a mention of the best DJ I momentarily thought "they haven't actually given it to the ex-MM/NME Southampton-supporting bald bloke, have they?" I know there's a DJ called Steve Sutherland, but have no idea what he does.

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