It was a huge evening at Liverpool’s Echo Arena as stars from all over the country packed the red carpet at the Music of Black Origin Awards on Saturday 3rd November. The show, which was presented by Miquita Oliver and British actor and rapper, Adam Deacon, was the 16th consecutive ceremony for the awards that recognises contribution from all areas in black urban music.
X Factor favourites Rebecca Ferguson and Misha B stunned in floor length sparkling gowns, while The Voice finalist and friend of Amy Winehouse, Tyler James turned up in a sharp suit and tie. Other guests included ex – N Dubz rapper and ex-boyfriend of Tulisa, Fazer, TOWIE’s Lauren Pope and Hollyoaks babe, Jorgie Porter.
Celebrities from all sectors of the media were privileged to be presenting awards to respective winners, the most excited of those was Waterloo Road actress and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Chelsee Healey who admitted to backstage hosts Rickie and Melvin,
“I’m sh*****g it to be presenting an awards tonight”
The awards bash included performances from Conor Maynard, Labrinth, who took home the gong for Best Song for “Earthquake”, Misha B and Stooshe, who closed the show with their new single, a cover of former American girl band, TLC’s “Waterfalls”. Stooshe were given the opportunity to present the two surviving members of TLC (third member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez tragically died in a car accident in 2002), a MOBO for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’. Lisa co-hosted the MOBOS in the year 2000, during a time where the girls were nominated for numerous Grammy Awards.
This year’s awards however, were dominated by Scots singer, Emeli Sande, who bagged three awards for Best Female, Best Album and Best R n B/Soul Act.
The singer, whose debut album reached number one in February this year, was thrilled to be acknowledged for her contribution to music.
Emeli, who was born in Aberdeen, has been likened to Adele in the past and performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in the summer. Another artist who scooped two awards on Saturday night was Il Manors star, Plan B. He took home Best Male and Best Hip Hop/Grime act. However, he may have won big but he certainly didn’t dress for the occasion, choosing to turn up in a plain jumper and jeans. Other winners included up and coming starlet Rita Ora, boy band JLS, Labrinth and American pop star Nicki Minaj.
Tweeting their excitement at a successful evening, the official MOBOs Twitter page posted,
So the awards are over for another year and with more and more British talent shining through each year, we look forward to those to come.