MOBO FACTS

ABOUT US

Founded in 1996 the MOBO Awards has grown into Europe’s biggest urban music awards show, not to mention a powerful and much-loved brand. 

MOBO was the first to recognise Grime, consistently promoting genres beyond the commercial heartland for more than 20 years spanning RnB and Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music.  

Global artists attending over the years have included Janet Jackson, P Diddy, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, Jay Z, LL Cool J, Usher, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna and Tinie Tempah, to name but a few. 

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

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

WHERE TO GO NEXT

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

… Social butterfly? Follow us in all the usual places to keep on top of what’s getting us steamed up, and absolutely Do Not Fail to subscribe to our MOBO TV channel on YouTube where we share the latest from our team on the ground, the incomparable #MOBOmovement as well as newsbites and special content from our favourite artists. 

BRAND PARTNERSHIP?   We’re always happy to explore opportunities to work with new partners – if you’d like to be one of them, please contact Garry@MOBO.com

Oh, and don’t forget to look around the MOBO Awards section for all you ever wanted to know about how Europe’s biggest Urban Music show struts its stuff, from past winners to galleries, to how the nominations and voting process works – it’s all there. 

FINALLY – we’d love to hear your thoughts and keep in touch so please drop us a line with any questions, opportunities, comments and general love you may have at: team@mobo.com

Stormzy

“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.” 

Estelle

“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”