MOBO Awards History

In 1996, the MOBO Awards were born. So step into the MOBO archive, which takes you all the way from 1996 up to the present day - through winners, quotes, playlists, performances, nostalgia, presenters and so much more. We've got everything you ever wanted to know...

Following several years in Glasgow and Liverpool, we returned to our hometown.... London! The night belonged to Sam Smith, who walked away with a whopping four MOBO Awards for Best Song, Best Album, Best Male and Best RnB/Soul Act. Skepta's £80 music video for 'That's Not Me' won Best Video and and Best Grime Act went to Stormzy, who joined just a handful of artists to win....

For the first time, the awards were held at the newly built Hydro arena in Glasgow. The theme of the night was to celebrate 18 years of the MOBO Awards (MOBO18). The night belonged to Laura Mvula and Naughty Boy, who each walked away with two MOBO Awards. Hosted by Trevor Nelson alongside Sarah-Jane Crawford, stars including Iggy Azalea, Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and.... 

Great British success story Emeli Sandé triumphed in her native Glasgow with three MOBO Awards for Best Female, Best Album and Best RnB/Soul Act. TLC was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, with Rita Ora receiving her very first major music award for Best Newcomer. Presented by Miquita Oliver and Adam Deacon, the night featured performances from Trey Songz, Wiley, Emeli Sandé and....

 

The night belonged to Jessie J, who walked away with a blinding four MOBO awards for Best UK Act, Best Newcomer, Best Song and Best Album. Tinie Tempah walked away with Best Hip Hop/Grime Act and Adele left with Best RnB/Soul Act. Hosted by Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon, a packed crowd in Glasgow were treated to performances from Jessie J, Katy B and..... 

It was Written In The Stars that the 2010 MOBO Awards would belong to Tinie Tempah, who left with Best Newcomer and Best Video. Best International Act went to Eminem and JLS left with Best UK Act after a huge year. Hosted by Reggie Yates, the night saw Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, JLS, Professor Green and more perform to a packed arena in Liverpool.... 

The 2009 MOBO Awards was an historic night for UK talent. N-Dubz and JLS triumphed at the awards, each walking away with two MOBO Awards. A spectacular tribute performance was dedicated to Michael Jackson, who was honoured with the MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. Hosted by Reggie Yates and Keri Hilson in Glasgow, the night featured performances from.... 

Hosted by Mel B and Reverend Run, the 2008 MOBO Awards took place at Wembley Arena. It was a night when British R&B stars including Estelle and Leona Lewis broke the tradition of losing to their US counterparts. Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Chris Brown and Mavado were just some of the winners. The night featured performances from John Legend, Flo-Rida, Estelle and.... 

Hosted by Jamelia and Shaggy at the O2 Arena, the night belonged to Amy Winehouse as she walked away with Best UK Female and delivered an exclusive performance of tracks from her chart-topping album Black To Black. N-Dubz scooped Best Newcomer and Dizzee Rascal claimed Best UK Male.  The audience saw performances from 50 Cent, Ne-Yo, Craig David, Kano and....

We had Rihanna on stage! Rihanna before she was quite as colossal as we’re used to. It was also the first year that the MOBO awards had been broadcast live on BBC Three. Hosted by Coolio and Gina Yashere at The Royal Albert Hall in London, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lemar and the Black Eyed Peas were among the stars of the night....

This is the year we celebrated our tenth anniversary! Sway took home Best Hip Hop after the successful release of two independent mixtapes. Lethal B won Best Single for "Pow (Forward)" and Lemar scooped UK Act of The Year. Hosted by Akon and Gina Yashere, the night saw electric performances from Lauryn Hill, Ms. Dynamite, Public Enemy, John Legend and.....

The night belonged to Jamelia and Kanye West, as they each walked away with three MOBO awards. Janet Jackson, who jetted in especially, was honoured with the MOBO Icon Award. Estelle scooped Best Newcomer and Best DJ went to Manny Norte. Taking place in London at The Royal Albert Hall, the night saw appearances from Jamie Cullum, Brandy, Sean Paul and.... 

Hosted by Blu Cantrell and Lil' Kim, this was a sensational year. Justin Timberlake walked away with Best RnB Act, and 50 Cent stole the night by winning three MOBO awards. Kool and the Gang and George Benson made a special appearance, while The Neptunes took home Best Producer. Diana Ross was also in attendance and added a touch of....

Alesha Dixon and LL Cool J hosted, while Ms. Dynamite followed up on her chart break-through with three MOBO Awards. Ashanti and Ja Rule also took away gongs, with Aaliyah winning Best Video for 'More Than A Woman.' Mis-Teeq accepted the award for Best Garage Act and Alicia Keys won Best Album. The night featured appearances from.... 

2001 belonged to So Solid Crew and UK Garage's dominance - but let's not forget the year's star turns from none other than Craig David, Mis-Teeq and Samantha Mumba. R. Kelly gave us a special performance and Samantha Mumba, Beverly Knight and more made special appearances. Destiny's Child and Usher also won big on the night....

The first MOBO Awards of the new millennium saw performances from Craig David, Donnell Jones featuring Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, Angie Stone and Sade. It was arguably Craig David's year though, with the Southampton boy going colossal worldwide…

Destiny's Child, introduced by Wyclef Jean and Mel B? Yes, that'll be 1999. Lauryn Hill also took away an award, alongside Beverley Knight, Kele le Roc, Jay-Z, Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins and more. And we had Jerry Springer, Lulu, Chris Eubank and the Beckhams in the audience....

A big one! Performers included Faith Evans, Mya, Dru Hill, Mel B, All Saints, Michelle Gayle, Martine McCutcheon, E-17, Pras Michel and Puff Daddy. 19 of the 23 categories were open to a public phone vote, and the awards were televised nationally on Channel 4....

Held at London’s Connaught Rooms on 10 November, the second ever MOBO Awards included performances by Mary J. Blige and Eternal. The British charts were being set alight by Shola Ama and The Prodigy, while Coolio and Funky DL represented farther fields....

We launched! Year one. And we recognised the talents of artists such as The Fugees, Tupac, Goldie, Seal and Lionel Richie. Then-leader of the opposition Tony Blair was present as we marked the start of something very new indeed.....