Headie One, Nines and Mahalia were among the stars who were crowned big winners at tonight’s MOBOs 2020 awards.
Maya Jama and Chunkz did the honours of hosting the virtual ceremony with guest presenters including Leomie Anderson, Jourdan Dunn and Neelam Gill. Performances came from Headie One, Tiwa Savage, Ms Banks, H.E.R. and Kojey Radical.
Leading the way, Nines scooped the prestigious album of the year for the chart-topping Crabs In A Bucket, beating the likes of Stormzy, J Hus and Lianne La Havas. Finishing off his triumph, Nines also won best hip hop act.
Headie One, dubbed the King of Drill, bagged the coveted best male act following an incredibly successful year. The Tottenham-born rapper also delivered a slick medley performance of hit singles Bumpy Ride along with M Huncho and Teach Me, which features on his number one debut album Edna.
The artist also teamed up with Young T & Bugsey for a performance of their smash hit single and viral TikTok song Don’t Rush.
Singer Mahalia scooped up best female act and best R&B/soul act – her first major music awards win following a consistently noteworthy rise in recent years.
The Leicestershire-born rising star released her debut album, Love and Compromise, in 2019 which includes the banger Shimmer featuring Burna Boy and What You Did featuring Ella Mai.
Aitch won best newcomer and said: ‘Thank you very much. First and foremost big up the fans for voting… big up everyone around me at the moment. There’s loads of new artists bringing out sick music so I feel privileged to be one of those.
‘It makes me feel like the fans are behind me 10 times more, it’s been a bit of a mad year, a quiet year but let’s you know the fans are still backing me.’
Young T & Bugsey scooped song of the year for Don’t Rush while Burna Boy won best international act.
MOBOs 2020: Full winners list
• Best male act – Headie One
• Best female act – Mahalia
• Album of the year – Crabs in a Bucket, Nines
• Song of the year – Don’t Rush, Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One
• Best newcomer – Aitch
• Video of the year – Lupita, NSG
• 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 – Wizkid
• Best reggae act – Buju Banton
• Best gospel act – Calledout Music
• Best jazz act – Ego Ella May
Best producer – Jae 5
Inspiration award – Sir Steve McQueen