MOBO 18 Celebrates: The Best Moments Of The 1998 MOBO Awards
MOBO had arrived this year! The show moved to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London and was by far the hottest ticket in town, with the biggest names in the game in attendance. Spice Girl Mel B and American actor/comedian Bill Bellamy were the hosts for the night, and there were appearances and performances by Dru Hill, Mya, East 17, Faith Evans, Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs, Beenie Man, Lennox Lewis, All Saints and Beverley Knight, to name just a few.
Key 1998 MOBO Moments:
The MOBO Awards is televised nationally for the first time on Channel 4: Up till now the show was broadcast on Carlton Television, which only served the London area. Now the whole nation was invited to partake in the festivities and witness the talents that UK urban artists had to offer.
Puff Daddy winning the award for Best International Act and calling Beenie Man up on stage to share the moment with him: The place went wild! They were two of the biggest stars on the night, and it was
The late Lynden David Hall picking up the award for Best Newcomer: MOBO is proud to have recognised and acknowledged the talented, young British soul singer, who passed away from cancer in 2006. At the time of his death, the Guardian newspaper described said, “Artists such as Craig David and the Brit-winning Lemar are indebted to him for creating a "conscious" alternative to the macho, status-obsessed American R&B, a musical form redefined in the era of post-disco soul and funk.”
Mel B performs live for the first time away from the Spice Girls (yet another 'first for MOBO!): Her debut solo single was a collaboration with Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott called 'I Think I Want You Back', and Mel performed looking sexy, while pregnant with her first child Phoenix Chi.