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Leeds prepares to host prestigious 2017 MOBO awards

The countdown is underway as Leeds prepares to host one of the most prestigious events in the music industry.

MOBOs 2015 held at First Direct Arena Credit: ITV

The MOBOs are returning to the city for the second time in three years. The event in 2015 was the fastest selling arena show in recent years and hailed a massive success with music stars from all over the world lining the red carpet.

Krept and Konan at MOBO awards in 2015 Credit: ITV

This year music fans will get the chance to see live performances from some of the leading lights in the urban music scene including Cardi B, Krept and Konan, Stefflon Don, and Davido.

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The evening will be hosted by DJ and former JLS singer Marvin Humes and TV presenter and radio DJ Maya Jama, the girlfriend of 2015 and 2016 Best Grime Act MOBO Award-winner Stormzy.

Stormzy arriving at the Mobo Awards 2015, held at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Credit: Katja Ogrin/PA Archive/PA Images

One of the MOBO founders - Kanya King - said this year's show will be even bigger and better .

Kanya King said 'Leeds is a world class city' staging a 'world class event'. She added: "The welcome has been so warm. It was amazing in 2015. I love the First Direct Arena"

The MOBOs has been running for more than 20 years and is an annual celebration of the best in black and urban music. It is one of Europe's biggest music award ceremonies and has become one of the most important and most influential events in the music industry.

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