Stormzy was at the heart of the 20th Annual Mobo Awards last night, held at Leeds Arena, which is reported to have brought in approximately £1.35m for the buzzing Yorkshire city.
The South London MC picked up best male and best grime act, and a remarkable 27 nominations in total on the night were dedicated to the bespoke British genre. Stormzy is one of the leading grime artists, and was also the first winner of this category at last year's event. Furthermore, he made history as the first unsigned rapper to perform on the seminal Jools Holland live TV show.
Much talked about UK rap duo Krept and Konan were also among the winners, taking the awards for Best Album and Best Hip-Hop act, and other successes included former Rudimental vocalist Ella Eyre for best female; Skepta, for best song; and Drake, for best international album.
The outstanding achievement award went to the ever-entertaining CeeLo Green, and Sir Lenny Henry was also a very popular winner, as he accepted the new Paving the Way accolade. In his heartfelt (and very funny) acceptance speech, after thanking literally dozens of his heroes (an eclectic list including Bob Marley, Floella Benjamin, Trevor McDonald, and 'that bloke from the Halifax ad'), the 57-year-old bowed out with the following statement:
“These are the giants whose shoulders I stand on, and I hope next year somebody will be standing on my shoulders... as long as it’s not CeeLo bloody Green! Thank you for this – it’s lovely. Peace!”