The annual British Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO) took place on December 5, honoring achievements in music of Black origin, including hip hop, grime, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz and gospel. This year’s prestigious event was hosted by Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock and comedian Munya Chawawa, who kept the stage invigorated alongside performances by local artists such as Ms Banks, Headie One, M Huncho, Kojey Radical, Shaybo, Tiana Major9, Stylo G and Loski. C. Congratulations to The Orchard distributed artists––Skepta and Guvna B––who both took home MOBO Awards!
British grime MC, rapper, songwriter and record producer, Skepta, took home the award for Best Grime Act. Not only has Skepta been an influential figure in grime’s shift from the underground to mainstream charts, but he also uplifts other grime artists with his label Boy Better Know. This year, Skepta presented his five-track EP All In, featuring collaborations with other iconic artists such as Kid Cudi, J Balvin, and Teezee. The EP’s success followed Skepta’s 2019 solo album, Ignorance is Bliss, which debuted at No. 2 on the UK charts and became certified silver.
Ghanaian-English rapper from East London, Guvna B, dominated the Best Gospel Act – In Association with Premier Gospel category. The first rapper in UK history to top the Official Christian & Gospel charts, Guvna B has worked with artists from Matt Redman, to Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams, and Keisha Buchanan. This year, Guvna B released the deluxe version of his ninth project, everywhere + nowhere, dubbed the ‘Black Edition.’ The new release attaches 6 additional songs to his original 12-track project everywhere + nowhere, which was released in April 2020.
Find the full list of 2021 MOBO winners here, and The Orchard’s winners below.
Best Gospel Act – In Association with Premier Gospel
Best Grime Act
Skepta (Boy Better Know)