Tuesday 26 September 2017: The MOBO Awards is returning to Leeds for its 22nd annual celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take place on Wednesday 29 November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds....

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Since its inception in 1996, the MOBO Awards has truly become one of Europe’s biggest Music Award ceremonies, and perhaps the most important and influential event for music makers and fans. Celebrating excellence in music for more than 20 years, MOBO continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premiere outlet for recognising and honouring the artistic and technical achievements of exceptional British and international talent in the musical fields of Hip Hop, Grime, RnB/Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, and African music.

Global artists attending over the years have included Janet Jackson, Diddy, Jay Z, Rihanna, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Tina Turner, Sade, Lionel Richie, Usher and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few. 

From the outset MOBO has played an instrumental role in the careers of numerous UK artists such as Stormzy, Craig David, Rita Ora, Ms Dynamite, Krept and Konan, Kano, Section Boyz and Chip - giving them their very first big platform at the start of their journey to global success.  

Beyond the awards, MOBO supports undiscovered talent in music via The Connect and MOBO UnSung, and across the wider creative industries via the MOBO Season and MOBOvation Talks, alongside our newly established charity, MOBO Trust, which aims to support young people in the creative industries via a MOBO Fund and an all-new MOBO Academy.



Find out more about what MOBO can do to support you on your way to career greatness via 'YOUR MOBO JOURNEY'

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Oh, and don’t forget to look around our FAQ page to find out all you need to know about how Europe’s biggest Urban Music Award show struts its stuff - from past winners to a breakdown of the voting and screening process – it’s all there. 

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“I went to school with Krept. Konan knows my sister from years ago… I’m looking at them and thinking, What? Why can’t I spit and get a MOBO?” He quit his job a few months afterwards… and the rest is history." 

John Legend

“(US) artists who tour here in the UK and promote their albums here know (about the MOBO Awards) and I’m proud to be here – it was fun, the crowd was great, energy was great… We had a good time tonight” 

DJ Steve Sutherland

“Winning a MOBO basically took me from being a working DJ to an international DJ.  I had done international gigs before, but nothing on the level of what I went on to do after winning my first MOBO.  Having that recognition does matter to people both domestically and internationally.” 


“I’m a huge supporter of the MOBO Awards.  I was awarded Best Newcomer in 2004 so to come back and present Amy Winehouse with her award for Best Female is an honour”