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Here’s What Happened at The MOBO Awards 2020

By December 9, 2020Culture, Music

The winners are in.

And just like that… The MOBO Awards 2020 drew to a close. Acclaimed the UK’s biggest celebration of black music, the 90-minute spectacle show hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz captured the hottest new talent and black voices that underpinned the turbulent year of 2020.

The spectacular show announced the likes of Nines, Mahalia, Headie One and Aitch all go home with an award, against a star-studded ensemble of fellow nominees.

London rapper Nines received an impressive five nominations including the exalted ‘Album of The Year’ for Crabs in A Bucket. Elsewhere, North London star Headie One took home ‘Best Male Act’, as well as gifting us with live performances featuring M Huncho and Young T and Bugsey.

Aitch, Headie One [PHOTO CREDIT: MOBO Awards]

Whilst Mahalia scooped up Best Female Act (In Association with ISAWITFIRST), Aitch took home Best Newcomer and Nottingham-based duo Young T and Bugsey grabbed ‘Song of The Year’ for their global, viral and acclaimed track ‘Don’t Rush’.

Heading for global success, the MOBO Awards also paid recognition to worldwide superstars of black origin, as Nigerian music stars conquered the overall winnings. Burna Boy won ‘Best International Act’, Wizkid notched ‘Best African Act’ and Davido hit the stage for performances taken from his latest album ‘A Better Time’.

Kanya King, the founder of MOBO Awards said: “I feel very proud about this year’s show which will go down in history because of its unique commentary and set of circumstances.”

Other performances of the night included London MC Ms Banks, Shaybo, Young T and Bugsey, and Stylo G.

A diverse showcase of black music in all its glory, from the likes of Drill, R&B, Soul, Afrobeats and Dancehall – check out the full list of 2020 MOBO winners below.

Mahalia, Young T and Bugsey [PHOTO CREDIT: MOBO Awards]

BEST MALE ACT
HEADIE ONE

BEST FEMALE ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISAWITFIRST)
MAHALIA

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
NINES – ‘CRABS IN A BUCKET’

SONG OF THE YEAR 
YOUNG T & BUGSEY FEAT. HEADIE ONE – ‘DON’T RUSH’

BEST NEWCOMER (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND)
AITCH

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
NSG – ‘LUPITA’ (DIRECTED BY KEVIN HUDSON)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
MAHALIA

BEST HIP HOP ACT
NINES

BEST GRIME ACT
JME

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
BURNA BOY

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM
MICHEAL WARD AS MARCO – ‘BLUE STORY’
 
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
CHUNKZ

BEST ALBUM (2017 – 2019)
ELLA MAI – ‘ELLA MAI’

BEST AFRICAN ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS)
WIZKID

BEST REGGAE ACT
BUJU BANTON

BEST GOSPEL ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL)
CALLEDOUT MUSIC

BEST JAZZ ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC)
EGO ELLA MAY

BEST PRODUCER
JAE 5

INSPIRATION AWARD
STEVE MCQUEEN

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