MOBO Awards 2016: The awkward and the honoured – Watch

Coinciding with Manchester’s big Christmas Lights switch-on, this year’s Mobo Awards took place last Friday 4 November.

Altough it celebrates the astounding achievements made by artists in the fields ranging from gospel, jazz, RnB, reggae, soul to hip-hop, the awards ceremony this year got a little more coverage on social media for peculiar reasons.

Things got a bit awkward after an award was given to the wrong act. The mix-up saw R&B trio WSTRN mistakenly awarded the trophy for best song for their track In2 – when the actual winner was Robbery by Abra Cadabra featuring Krept & Konan.

The Londoners were announced as winners of best song and gave a speech before organisers revealed the prize should have gone to MC Abra Cadabra.

“Of the many worthy winners of best song, we deeply regret a mistake was made,” said Mobo organisers, in a statement blaming a “production error”.

So that was ‘the awkward’; onto ‘the honoured’, Craig David, Drake, Kano and Lady Leshurr won the night’s main prizes.

David was named best male, topping a year in which he has returned from the pop wilderness with a number one album, Following My Intuition.

Drake, whose single One Dance was at number one for 14 weeks earlier this year, was named best international act.

Lady Leshurr was awarded best female act while other winners included Kano.

Grime artist Skepta came away empty handed despite his album Konnichiwa winning the coveted Mercury Prize in September.

The full list of winners on the night is below:

Best male act

Craig David

Best female act

Lady Leshurr

Best newcomer


Best album

Kano ‘Made In The Manor’

Best hip-hop act

Section Boyz

Best song

Abra Cadabra ft Krept & Konan ‘Robbery (remix)

Best video

Nadia Rose ‘Skwod’ (Directed by Reece Proctol)

Best R&B/soul


Best grime act (in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra)


Best international act


Best jazz act

Esperanza Spalding

Best gospel act

Guvna B

Best reggae act


Best African act

Wiz Kid

Paving the way

Nicola Adams and Ms. Dynamite


TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: MOBO Awards

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