Soul singer Lemar was a double winner at the Mobo Awards
The former Fame Academy star beat Joss Stone and Estelle to UK Act of the Year. He also won best album for Time To Grow.The awards, which honour music of black origin, are now in their 10th year.
Lauryn Hill opened the show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Public Enemy were honoured with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Black Music. US singer-songwriter John Legend won Best R&B Act, beating Lemar and Mariah Carey.Best Reggae Act went to Damian Marley, who also accepted a Posthumous Achievement Award for his father Bob Marley.He closed the show with a performance of Could You Be Loved, accompanied by brothers Julian and Stephen.
Best Video was Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell.Other winners included Youssou N'Dour for Best African Act, Kano for Best UK Newcomer and Tim Westwood for Best UK Radio DJ.The awards featured a tribute to Luther Vandross, who died in July. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC1 at 11.35pm on Friday.
Last year's awards were dogged by protests about nominations for the artists Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, known for their homophobic lyrics. Organisers withdrew their nominations after an outcry from gay rights campaigners. This year the focus was on celebrating British talent.
FIP SAYs...i did not actually write the above but this is what i have to say on the subject. Even though Roll Deep, Kano, Mitchell Bros, The Streets, and Lethal wid da Bizzle are all doing the mainstream thing the scene gets no real love at the mobos. Come on mate work it out!