The 2020 MOBO Music Awards took place on Wednesday, 9 Dec, and it was a special show with lots of deserving winners. The award show returned after a three-year hiatus, with Maya Jama and YouTuber Chunkz hosting. The awards featured a couple of new categories this year, including "Best Album (2017–2019)" and "Best Media Personality", which were publicly voted for.
Performances of the night included Headie One, Kojey Radical, and Tiwa Savage, alongside Ms Banks, Loski, and M Huncho. R&B artist H.E.R. and globally renown Afrobeats star Davido were also amongst the performers. This year's virtual ceremony was live-streamed exclusively on YouTube.
The winners list didn't just include musicians, either. Director Steve McQueen, whose Small Axe films on BBC detail Black life in the UK from the '60s through the '80s, won the inspiration award, and actor Micheal Ward won Best Performance in a TV Show/Film for his role as Marco in Blue Story. "This is an extraordinary prize," McQueen said. "Thank you so much. The MOBO Awards for me is part of the idea of Small Axe. When people didn't want to recognise us, we recognised ourselves and that's given me the inspiration to go forward."
Check out the 2020 MOBO Music Awards winners, ahead.
BEST MALE ACT
WINNER: Headie One
Young T & Bugsey
BEST FEMALE ACT
(IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISAWITFIRST)
Lianne La Havas
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Nines – 'Crabs In A Bucket'
J Hus – 'Big Conspiracy'
Stormzy – 'Heavy Is The Head'
Mahalia – 'Love And Compromise'
Lianne La Havas – 'Lianne La Havas'
SONG OF THE YEAR [PUBLIC VOTED]
WINNER: Young T & Bugsey Feat. Headie One – 'Don't Rush'
Digga D – 'Woi'
Darkoo Feat. One Acen - 'Gangsta'
Tion Wayne Feat. Stormzy & Dutchavelli – 'I Dunno'
Abra Cadabra – 'On Deck'
BEST NEWCOMER [PUBLIC VOTED]
(IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
WINNER: NSG – 'Lupita' (Directed By Kevin Hudson)
Bree Runway – 'Apeshit' (Directed By Will Hooper)
Nines – 'Clout' (Directed By Charlie Di Placido)
Jorja Smith – 'By Any Means' (Directed By Otis Dominique)
Knucks – 'Home' (Directed By Ray Fiasco)
Kojey Radical – '20/20' (Directed By Charlie Di Placido)
BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Lianne La Havas
BEST HIP HOP ACT
Krept & Konan
BEST GRIME ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]
Manga Saint Hilare
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]
WINNER: Burna Boy
Megan Thee Stallion
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM [PUBLIC VOTED]
WINNER: Micheal Ward As Marco – 'Blue Story'
Kane Robinson As Scully – 'Top Boy'
Michaela Coel As Arabella – 'I May Destroy You'
Ncuti Gatwa As Eric Effiong – 'Sex Education'
Jessica Plummer As Chantelle – 'Eastenders'
Damson Idris As Franklin Saint – 'Snowfall'
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY [PUBLIC VOTED]
BEST ALBUM (2017–2019)
WINNER: Ella Mai – 'Ella Mai'
Dave – 'Psychodrama'
Kano – 'Hoodies All Summer'
Skepta – 'Ignorance Is Bliss'
Nines – 'Crop Circle'
Little Simz – 'Grey Area'
This is a one-off additional category just for this year's MOBO Awards to highlight the best albums released from 1 Sept. 2017–31 Aug. 2019.
BEST AFRICAN ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]
(IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS)
BEST REGGAE ACT
WINNER: Buju Banton
BEST GOSPEL ACT
(IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL)
WINNER: Calledout Music
The Kingdom Choir
BEST JAZZ ACT
WINNER: Ego Ella May
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
WINNER: Steve McQueen