British groups dominated the Mobo awards this year, with both X Factor finalists JLS and hip hop trio N-Dubz scooping two awards each.
JLS – Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan “JB” Gill and Oritse Williams - walked away with gongs for Best Newcomer and Best Song for their number one hit, ‘Beat Again’.
North London band N-Dubz – 2007’s Best Newcomers – took home prizes for Best Album and Best Act.
But both Dizzee Rascal, who has hit the top spot three times in a row in 2009, and Tinchy Stryder, who were both nominated in three different categories, went home empty handed.
Speaking after the ceremony, N-Dubz MC “Dappy” Contostavlos said he was angry that the rapper, who collaborated with the band on their number one single, Number One, had missed out on a gong.
“To be the best act there is in the UK is something,” he said. It’s amazing. I remember the days when we had nothing in the fridge, even. “There’s no-one like Tinchy, nobody’s doing what he’s doing,” he said.
“Nobody’s got his swagger. I’m really upset. He should have won something.”
The band have already managed to mislay one of their Mobo awards, with the group’s Fazer saying he thought someone had “stolen it” while he was not looking.
Accepting the awards, JLS’s Marvin Humes said the band’s success would have been inconceivable just a year ago.
“I never thought we would be here. I never thought we’d get nominated, and I never thought we would win two awards.”
Beyonce Knowles, who was not at the ceremony, won the Best International award as well as Best Video for her hit ‘Single Ladies’.
Chipmunk, hotly tipped for success by the critics after receiving more nominations than anyone else, took home the Best Hip Hop award while Keri Hilson won the prize for the Best R&B Act and Sean Paul went home with the Best Reggae Gong.
Trevor Nelson won the Best DJ award, Yolanda Brown walked away with Best Jazz, Victizzle won the Best Gospel award and Nneka won with the prize for best African Act.
The awards, now in their 14th year, were held for the first time outside London at the SECC in Glasgow.
The awards, founded by Kanya King in 1996 recognise excellence in Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel music.
The 2009 awards saw a tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson, performed by his brother Jermaine and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Shaheen Jafargholi, who performed at Jackson’s memorial service in July.
Introduced by his sister La Toya, Jackson performed his brother’s favourite song, Smile, in his memory.
While the Welsh schoolboy performed the Jackson 5 hit ‘I’ll Be There’.
Jermaine Jackson spoke of the need to keep the star’s music “alive”, adding he had a “responsibility” to his brother’s memory.
“My brother was everything to me,” he said. “He was a wonderful artist and a wonderful human being.”
He added that he hoped his efforts would help his brother’s fans “accept” his death.
“Michael has a lot of fans here – all over Europe – and I think it is important for the fans to be here too, to accept it and be a part of it. That is part of our job too, to keep the legacy going.”
La Toya said it was a “bittersweet” night for the family.
“I thought it would be wonderful to have a tribute to my brother. He was such an extraordinary talent. He was a wonderful person and a wonderful human being,” she said.
MOBO WINNERS LIST
Best UK Act – N-Dubz
Best Newcomer – JLS
Best Song – JLS – Beat Again
Best Album – N-Dubz
Best DJ – Trevor Nelson
Best Hip Hop – Chipmunk
Best R&B – Keri Hilson
Best International – Beyonce
Best Video – Beyonce – ‘Single Ladies’
Best Reggae – Sean Paul
Best Jazz – Yolanda Brown
Best Gospel – Vic Tizzle
Best African Act – Nneka