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MOBO Awards 2021: Skepta and Dave lead this year’s winners

MOBO Awards 2021: Skepta takes home Best Grime Act while Dave receives Album Of The Year award as they lead this year’s winners

  • Dave, 23, picked up the coveted accolade for his second LP, We’re All Alone in This Together but lost out on the other awards he was nominated for 
  • After a career spanning more than 15 years, Grime star Ghetts scooped his first ever MOBO Award, taking home the Best Male Act prize
  • Little Simz also picked up her first prize at the ceremony when she was awarded Best Female Act
  • Central Cee had a successful evening, with the drill MC taking both Best Newcomer and the inaugural Best Drill Act accolade 
  • The star-studded evening marked the return of a live show for the MOBOs for the first time since 2017
  • No awards were handed out in 2018 or 2019 and last year’s show was a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic 


Skepta took home the award for Best Grime Act while Dave scooped Album of the Year at the 2021 MOBO Awards in Coventry on Sunday.

Dave, 23, picked up the coveted accolade for his second LP, We’re All Alone In This Together but lost out on the other awards he was nominated for, including Song and Video of the year, Best Male Act and Best Hip-Hop Act.

Song Of The Year went to Tion Wayne & Russ Millions for Body (remix feat ArrDee, Bugzy Malone, Buni, Darkoo, E1, Fivio Foreign & ZT), while M1llionz scooped Video of the Year for Lagga.

Success: Skepta took home the award for Best Grime Act at this year’s MOBO Awards on Sunday

After a career spanning more than 15 years, Grime star Ghetts scooped his first ever MOBO Award, taking home the Best Male Act prize.

Little Simz also picked up her first prize at the ceremony when she was awarded Best Female Act. 

Central Cee had a successful evening, with the drill MC taking both Best Newcomer and the inaugural Best Drill Act accolade. 

Meanwhile, Nigerian pop star Wizkid won both Best International Act and Best African Act.

Winner: Dave scooped Album of the Year for his second LP, We're All Alone In This Together

Winner: Dave scooped Album of the Year for his second LP, We’re All Alone In This Together

Honours: Nigerian pop star Wizkid won both Best International Act and Best African Act

Honours: Nigerian pop star Wizkid won both Best International Act and Best African Act

Hosts: Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Munya Chawawa took on hosting duties for the show

Hosts: Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Munya Chawawa took on hosting duties for the show

Achievement: Frank Bruno was honoured with the Inspiration Award at the show

Achievement: Frank Bruno was honoured with the Inspiration Award at the show 

The star-studded evening marked the return of a live show for the MOBOs for the first time since 2017.

No awards were handed out in 2018 or 2019 and last year’s show was a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Munya Chawawa took on hosting duties, while a number of artists took to the stage to perform, including Ghetts, Pa Salieu, Stefflon Don and Ms Banks, Bree Runway, Potter Payper, Tems, NSG and Enny.

A celebration of all things Black music and culture, the ceremony was held at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the West Midlands. 

Stage: Potter Payper was among the performers who took to the stage during the show

Stage: Potter Payper was among the performers who took to the stage during the show

Show: Pa Salieu cut a laid back figure as he performed in a black vest and green and black tracksuit bottoms

Show: Pa Salieu cut a laid back figure as he performed in a black vest and green and black tracksuit bottoms

Beauty: ENNY looked incredible in a green jacket with puffed sleeves and a black mini dress during her performance

Beauty: ENNY looked incredible in a green jacket with puffed sleeves and a black mini dress during her performance

Star: Bree Runway donned a black jacket with faux fur heels along with a matching mini skirt

Fashion: She also sported purple trainers

Star: Bree Runway donned a black jacket with faux fur heels along with a matching mini skirt 

Presenter: Leigh-Anne looked incredible as she presented the star-studded awards show

Presenter: Leigh-Anne looked incredible as she presented the star-studded awards show

Success: Little Simz looked thrilled as she accepted the Best Female Act award

Success: Little Simz looked thrilled as she accepted the Best Female Act award

Winner: Russ Millions and Tion Wayne won the Song Of The Year award

Winner: Russ Millions and Tion Wayne won the Song Of The Year award

Kanya King CBE, Founder and CEO of MOBO Group, said: ‘The past 20 months have been extremely challenging for artists everywhere but as always we are seeing creatives rise up and adapt, even in a global pandemic.

‘This year’s crop of MOBO nominees have not only shown resilience but incredible talent and range.

‘We could not be prouder to celebrate their achievements across the 18 categories that span genres, as well as excellence in TV, film and media.

‘Congratulations and best of luck to all of our nominees. Here’s to a big night on 5th December in Coventry!’

2021 MOBOs: THE WINNERS

BEST MALE ACT

AJ TRACEY

CENTRAL CEE

DAVE

GHETTS – WINNER

HEADIE ONE

POTTER PAYPER

 

BEST FEMALE ACT

ARLO PARKS

BREE RUNWAY

CLEO SOL

LITTLE SIMZ – WINNER

SHAYBO

TIANA MAJOR9

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

ARLO PARKS – ‘COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS’

CELESTE – ‘NOT YOUR MUSE’

CLEO SOL – ‘MOTHER’

DAVE – ‘WE’RE ALL ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER’- WINNER

GHETTS – ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’

HEADIE ONE – ‘EDNA’

 

SONG OF THE YEAR – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY

A1 X J1 – ‘LATEST TRENDS’

CENTRAL CEE – ‘COMMITMENT ISSUES’

DAVE FEAT. STORMZY – ‘CLASH’

ENNY FEAT. AMIA BRAVE – ‘PENG BLACK GIRLS’

PA SALIEU FEAT. BACKROAD GEE – ‘MY FAMILY’

TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS, ARRDEE, BUGZY MALONE, BUNI, DARKOO, E1 (3X3), FIVIO FOREIGN & ZT (3X3) – ‘BODY (REMIX)’ – WINNER

 

BEST NEWCOMER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH ASOS 

ARLO PARKS 

ARRDEE 

BACKROAD GEE 

BERWYN 

CENTRAL CEE – WINNER

ENNY 

JOY CROOKES 

MIDAS THE JAGABAN 

PINKPANTHERESS 

WES NELSON

 

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM

ASHLEY THOMAS AS HENRY IN ‘THEM’

DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT IN ‘SNOWFALL’

DANIEL KALUUYA AS FRED HAMPTON IN ‘JUDAS & THE BLACK MESSIAH’

LETITIA WRIGHT AS ALTHEIA JONES-LECOINTE IN ‘SMALL AXE’

MICHEAL WARD AS FRANKLYN IN ‘SMALL AXE’ – WINNER

 

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY

CHARLENE WHITE

CHUNKZ & YUNG FILLY – WINNER

HARRY PINERO

HENRIE KWUSHUE

JULIE ADENUGA

MAYA JAMA

MO GILLIGAN

MUNYA CHAWAWA

NELLA ROSE

ZEZE MILLZ

 

BEST GOSPEL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL 

CALLEDOUT MUSIC 

CECE WINANS 

GUVNA B – WINNER

KIRK FRANKLIN 

MAVERICK CITY MUSIC 

S.O.

 

BEST AFRICAN  MUSIC ACT

AYRA STARR

BURNA BOY

CKAY

DAVIDO

KING PROMISE

NSG

REMA

TEMS

TIWA SAVAGE

WIZKID – WINNER

 

 

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BREE RUNWAY – ‘HOT HOT’ (DIRECTED BY JOCELYN ANQUETIL) 

FREDO FEAT. DAVE – ‘MONEY TALKS’ (DIRECTED BY EDEM WORNOO) 

LITTLE SIMZ FEAT. CLEO SOL – ‘WOMAN’ (DIRECTED BY LITTLE SIMZ)

M1LLIONZ – ‘LAGGA’ (DIRECTED BY TEEEEZY C) 

PA SALIEU FEAT. BACKROAD GEE – ‘MY FAMILY’ (DIRECTED BY FEMI LADI)

SLOWTHAI FEAT. A$AP ROCKY – ‘MAZZA’ (DIRECTED BY THE REST)

 

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

BELLAH

CLEO SOL – WINNER

JORJA SMITH

SAULT

TIANA MAJOR9

WSTRN

 

BEST GRIME ACT

BUGZY MALONE

CHIP

D DOUBLE E

FRISCO

GHETTS

SKEPTA – WINNER

 

BEST HIP HOP ACT

DAVE

D-BLOCK EUROPE – WINNER

FREDO

LITTLE SIMZ

POTTER PAYPER

SLOW THAI

 

BEST DRILL ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRENCH

CENTRAL CEE – WINNER

DIGGA D 

HEADIE ONE 

K TRAP 

LOSKI 

M1LLIONZ 

RUSS MILLIONS 

SR 

TION WAYNE 

UNKNOWN T

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

DOJA CAT

DRAKE

KANYE WEST

LIL NAS X

MEGAN THEE STALLION

POLO G

REMA

SKILLIBENG

WIZKID – WINNER

YOUNG STONER LIFE (YOUNG THUG & GUNNA)

 

BEST REGGAE ACT

LILA IKE

POPCAAN

SEAN PAUL

SHENSEEA – WINNER

SKILLIBENG

SPICE

 

BEST JAZZ ACT – IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC 6MUSIC 

ALFA MIST 

BLUE LAB BEATS 

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY 

JACOB COLLIER 

NUBIYAN TWIST 

SONS OF KEMET – WINNER

 

BEST PRODUCER – IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMPLEX UK

GOTCHA 

JAE 5 – WINNER

JULS 

M1ONTHEBEAT

P2J 

TSB

 

 

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