Friday 21 July 2017

Awkward! Mobo Awards present prize to wrong band... and then quickly backtrack

(L-R) Akelle Charles, Haile and Louis Rei of WSTRN win Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
(L-R) Akelle Charles, Haile and Louis Rei of WSTRN win Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Craig David wins Best Male at the MOBO Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom attend the Mobo Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Professor Green, pictured with fans, was among those performing at the Mobos after Tinie Tempah pulled out because of 'music industry politics'

Friday night's Mobo Awards in Glasgow suffered a bit of a blip when a gong was handed out to the wrong band.

Presented by Rickie Haywood Williams and Melvin Odoom, the duo announced R&B trio WSTRN as winners of Best Song. The band walked up on stage, clearly honoured at the prize and gave a proud speech thanking fans before organisers realised they had made a mistake.

The prize should have gone to MC Abra Cadabra.

It wasn't all bad news for Wstrn with a win in the best newcomer category.

"Of the many worthy winners of best song, we deeply regret a mistake was made," said Mobo organisers in a statement, as they blamed a "production error".

The ceremony took place in the SSE Hydro in what was the event's fourth time in the city.

Professor Green, pictured with fans, was among those performing at the Mobos after Tinie Tempah pulled out because of 'music industry politics'
Professor Green, pictured with fans, was among those performing at the Mobos after Tinie Tempah pulled out because of 'music industry politics'

Thousands of music fans and artists attended the ceremony which celebrates and honours stars of any ethnicity who create and perform black music.

Earlier on Friday Tinie Tempah announced that he was pulling out of his performance at the awards because of "music industry politics".

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom attend the Mobo Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom attend the Mobo Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

The British rapper posted a handwritten note on Instagram to say his withdrawal from the show was beyond his control.

Professor Green was then announced as a late addition to the line-up.

Craig David wins Best Male at the MOBO Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Craig David wins Best Male at the MOBO Awards at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

Other performers at this year's event included Craig David, Laura Mvula, Clean Bandit and Chase & Status.

Going into the night grime music star Kano and soul singer Laura Mvula lead the nominations with four nods each.

Kano won best album for Made In The Manor - seeing off fierce competition in the category from the likes of Skepta who won the Mercury Prize earlier this year.

Garage superstar Craig David, who was first recognised at the Mobos when he clinched the best newcomer trophy in 2000, rounded off his triumphant return to music by winning best male act.

Best female act was won by Lady Leshurr who said she was "ecstatic".

She added: "I collected it and my queen speech went out the window - I didn't know what to actually say. I was speechless, I was queen speechless.

"It has been a long time coming. I've been doing this for over a decade and been trying different things.

"I went back to the drawing board and thought I need to bring fun back into the industry and I think that's what I've been doing and just to know that people still care about me and think about me all over the world - a lot of people support me and I'm just appreciative of that."

This year's Paving The Way award was given to Olympic Champion boxer Nicola Adams.

The award is designed to celebrate individuals in any field "punching above their weight" and who are creating a path for others to follow.

Adams said: "It means absolutely everything to me. It's nice to know that people appreciate the hard work I put into the sport and the effort to create a path so that girls behind me don't have to struggle.

"There's a structure now and a set up so that they know they can be an Olympic champion just like me.

"My mum had to pretty much fund everything - training, going to and from the gym, going away overseas and just trying to get me experience to build my profile so I guess it's my mum that really deserves this and not me.

"I've had a really good year with the gold in Rio and now I'm receiving a lovely award tonight too."

Rapper Drake won the best international gong at the event, which was broadcast live on ITV from 8pm.

List of award winners

Best Male Act - Craig David

Best Female Act - Lady Leshurr

Best Newcomer - WSTRN

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 - Shakka

Best Grime Act (In Association with BBC Radio 1Xtra) - Chip

Best International Act - Drake

Best Jazz Act - Esperanza Spalding

Best Gospel Act - Guvna B

Best Reggae Act - Popcaan

Best African Act - Wiz Kid

Paving The Way - Nicola Adams MBE and Ms Dynamite

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