Try to make a definite choice between two loves (Music and Arsenal) is one thing but after being fed up of Arsenal’s first half performance the decision was kind of easy and I opted to watch the MOBO Awards instead and boy it was good. Though the last time I watched the MOBOs it was aired on BBC Three (now ITV2) after 2008 ceremony, I felt the show became a bit bland, monotonous and in need of a revamp. However after watching last night’s show, Kanya’s decision to partner with ITV was definitely a step in the right direction.
For anybody who isn’t aware of the MOBO Awards, it has a similar concept of the BET Awards except it focuses more on British “urban” artists than its American counterparts like it used to when it first launched in 1996. But it is more than just any other awards ceremony it is one of the biggest music platforms that has launched the careers of many who are now considered to be legends such as Craig David, Estelle and the late Amy Winehouse and continues to do so through mainstream newcomers Krept & Konan and Stormzy.
Back to the topic, what really made this year’s MOBO Awards really special is that it really highlighted British talent especially those who specialise in Grime. Who would’ve ever thought the likes of Stormzy or Section Boyz performing on ITV2? Not me to say the least but it was just amazing to see acts who could only be found on YouTube and Channel AKA be put on such a huge pedestal. We also had the likes of Rita Ora, Ella Eyre and FKA Twigs (absolute fave) grace the Leeds stage with their spectacular performances and comedian Lenny Henry along with rapper Wiley be presented with the ‘Paving The Way’ award. Overall, it’s the best awards show I’ve seen from then in years and I am definitely anticipating what their plans are for their 20th anniversary show (P.S Bring it back to London!).
Congratulations to all the winners (all my predictions were correct) and hope to see some at the BRITS next year.