AFROBEAT ACTS LOSE AT 2015 MOBO AWARDS

The 2015 MOBO Awards were held at Leeds Arena on Wednesday. Topping the winners list were Krept & Konan who won Best Hip-Hop Act AND Best Album, Fuse ODG with Best African Act  ‘Crazy’ singer CeeLo Green collected an Outstanding Achievement Award, but comedian Sir Lenny Henry got the biggest reception on the night when he accepted his Paving The Way prize.

The comic had the audience on its feet during his speech as he said he “could only have got here from standing on the shoulders of giants” and went on to name-check famous faces from Bob Marley to Michael Jackson and “that bloke from the Halifax advert”.

All the Afrobeat stars that were nominated lost out to UK based FuseOGD, pioneer of the This is New Africa (Tina) movement and previous winner of best African act at the Mobos in 2014, for the African Act Award

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Highlight of the evening was the lve performance by FKA Twigs  performing her ‘M3LL155X’ tracks ‘Figure 8’ and ‘In Time’.

Below is the full  list of this year’s winners:

Best Hip-hop Act – Krept & Konan
Best Newcomer – Section Boyz
Best African Act – Fuse Odg
Best Female Act – Ella Eyre
Best Male Act – Stormzy
Best Song – Skepta – ‘Shutdown’
Best Grime Act In Association With Bbc Radio 1xtra – Stormzy
Best Album – Krept & Konan – ‘The Long Way Home’
Best Video – Fka Twigs – ‘Pendulum’
Best Reggae Act – Popcaan
Bestjazz – Binker & Moses
Best Rnb/Soul Act – Shakka
Best Gospel Act – Faith Child
Best International Album – Drake – ‘For If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’
Mobo Outstanding Achievement Award – Cee Lo Green
Paving the way: Wiley
Paving the way: Sir Lenny Henry

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