MOBO Awards 2024: Latest news from the 26th edition at Sheffield Arena

Sugababes performed for the crowd before winning the MOBO Impact Award. Credit: PA

The 26th edition of the MOBO Awards - which celebrates music of black origin - is happening in Sheffield, visiting the city for the very first time.

Stay up to date with all the latest developments from the ceremony below.


22:00 Time to close the ceremony

Indiyah and Babatunde wrap things up by thanking everyone in the room and involved with the awards, before Soul II Soul close proceedings performing on the stage.


21:58 LITTLE SIMZ WINS BEST HIP-HOP ACT!

She says she's so humbled and grateful for the win, and thanks her team for their support.


21:55 Best Hip-Hop Act

Radio 1's DJ Target on the stage to present the Best Hip-Hop Act award.


21:51 Other award winners

Indiyah and Babatunde say there's one more award to present tonight, before a video montage of other winners is played.

They are:

Best Male Act - Central Cee

Best Jazz Act - Ezra Collective

Best Performance in a TV Show/Film - Damson Idris as Franklin Saint in ‘Snowfall’

Best Drill Act - K-Trap

Best International Act - Drake and 21 Savage

Best Caribbean Music Act - Valiant

Song of the Year - Central Cee & Dave - Sprinter

Best Gospel Act - Limoblaze

Best Producer - Inflo

Video of the Year - Stormzy - 'Mel Made Me Do It' (Directed By Klvdr)


21:44 SOUL II SOUL WIN THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!

Jazzie B makes his way to the stage to the tune of 'Back to Life' before making a speech about the "incredible journey" of the band.

He tells young people to "believe that dreams do come true", and thanks a raft of people for their "unconditional support".

His lengthy and wide-ranging speech covers a variety of topics, including straying into politics with references to the government and the Windrush generation, before wrapping up by telling younger artists that they are "the future".


21:40 Lifetime Achievement award

MOBOs founder Kanya King CBE and singer Beverley Knight MBE come up to present the Lifetime Achievement award.

King says the recipients' contributions have "not only elevated black British music" but also left an "indelible mark on the global stage".


21:34 Ghetts performs

Immediately following his (comparatively lengthy) acceptance speech, Ghetts is back on-stage to perform for the crowd.


21:28 GHETTS RECEIVES THE MOBO PIONEER AWARD!

Rapper Akala gives some touching praise to the winner of the Pioneer Award, hip-hop and grime artist Ghetts, before presenting him with it.

Ghetts gives big thanks to God and his family, with his mother and father on the stage with him. He also gives special mentions to a number of acts who influenced and inspired him saying he "stood on the shoulders of giants".


21:26 RAYE WINS BEST FEMALE ACT!

Sadly RAYE can't be at the awards tonight, but she's sent a video acceptance speech saying she's annoyed and sad she can't be there in person. She thanks everyone she needs to before wrapping it up.


21:24 Best Female Act

Corinna Brown and Sheffield-boy Johnny Nelson are up next, presenting the Best Female Act award.


21:19 King Promise and Camidoh

Ghanaian musicians King Promise and Camidoh join forces to treat the crowd to some chilled out afrobeats.


21:16 TUNDE WINS BEST NEWCOMER!

Tunde isn't here, but Potter Payper makes his way back up with an acceptance speech given to him just in case Tunde won.

He mentions Tunde's struggles over the past few years, and thanks his family, friends, managers and everyone who's "supported me through thick and thin".


21:13 Best Newcomer

DJ Spoony is back to present Best Newcomer, but surprises the crowd with a sneak preview of the upcoming 'Bob Marley: One Love' film.


21:08 DAME JESSICA ENNIS-HILL RECEIVES THE MOBO PAVING THE WAY AWARD!

ITV's own news presenter Charlene White pays a lengthy tribute to local girl Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE before presenting her with the Paving The Way award.

She immediately gives a shout-out to the city of Sheffield and how special it is to receive the award here. She says she hopes she's inspired "many young girls" to get into sport, before thanking her friends and family.


21:02 SHYGIRL WINS BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT!

Jaguar and Henrie present the award to Shygirl, who says she has nothing prepared because she definitely wasn't expecting to win, but thanks the audience for the award.


20:55 30 years of UK garage music

Veteran DJ Spoony leads the tributes to 30 years of the UK garage scene with a DJ set on-stage supported by singers including Nay Nay, Denzie, MC Viper, Maxwell D and Sabrina.


20:52 SAULT WIN BEST R&B/SOUL ACT!

Although they're in the crowd, Chuckie Online says Sault are protective of their identities and don't want to come on stage, so Little Simz is invited up to accept on their behalf.


20:50 Best R&B/Soul Act is next

Chuckie Online and Yinka Bokinni come out onto a champagne-soaked stage to present the award for Best R&B/Soul Act.


20:48 BUGZY MALONE WINS BEST GRIME ACT!

Bugzy Malone swaggers up to the stage, bottle of champagne in hand and followed by three of his entourage. The Manchester-born artist pays tribute to the North, before spraying champagne over the stage!


20:46 Munya Chawawa and Remi Burgz introduce the Best Grime Act

Quite a size difference between the two presenters - Munya Chawawa jokes that he's on his tiptoes next to the much taller Remi.


20:40 SUGABABES WIN THE MOBO IMPACT AWARD!

Some microphone issues for girl group Flo, before they announce the Impact Award is being given to Sugababes, who performed for the crowd a little bit earlier.

It's a humble acceptance speech from Mutya, Keisha and Siobhán, who thank a lot of people who have supported them over the years, as well as the crowd.


20:34 Cristale performs next

Rapper Cristale is the next performer, wearing an orange jacket and black trousers.

It's a minimal set, with just a keyboard/synthesiser player behind her.


20:31 SHXTSNGIGS WIN BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY!

Podcasting duo James and Fuhad a.k.a Shxtsngigs, make their way up to collect the award.

It's another short one, keeping the thanks brief but heartfelt.


20:29 Time for Best Media Personality

DJ Cuppy and Michael Dapaah are up to present the award for Best Media Personality.


20:26 ASAKE WINS BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT!

Nigerian singer Asake can't be at the awards, but gives his thanks to the audience through a short video.


20:23 Best African Music Act

Following a vibrant Sugababes performance, Whitney Adebayo and Eddie Kadi step up to present the award for Best African Music Act.


20:18 Sugababes perform

Sugababes take to the stage now - all dressed in black - starting seated on stools as they sing their classic song, 'Overload', which morphs into another hit, 'Push The Button'.


20:16 SKINDRED WINS BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT!

Welsh heavy metal/reggae fusion band Skindred win the alternative category.

Lead singer Benji Webbe kept his speech short, giving a big shout-out to their home town of Newport and thanking everyone for their support.


20:15 Best Alternative Music Act up next

Nova Twins are on stage to present the award for Best Alternative Music Act.


20:10 POTTER PAYPER WINS ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

Potter Payper wins the award for Album of the Year for 'Real Back In Style'.

He makes his way onto the stage and pays tribute to his late grandmother and aunt, also wishing his son a happy birthday, before thanking a raft of people who've supported him.


20:05 The hosts make their first appearance

Indiyah Polack and Babatunde Aléshé are on-stage introducing the evening, supported by Zeze Mills who's reporting from the audience.

They introduce the first award of the night - Album of the Year, being presented by rapper Bashy a.k.a. Ashley Thomas.


20:00 The ceremony begins at the Utilita Arena

Byron Messia opens the show on the stage, performing with a colourful Caribbean-themed backdrop and lighting, complete with dancers in a variety of costumes, including a dancer in a carnival costume, and another dressed as a police officer.


19:45 Ceremony starts in 15 minutes

Not long now until the ceremony gets underway - the main event is due to start at 8pm.


19:16 Co-host Indiyah Polack arrives

The event's other co-host, former Love Island contestant-turned-TV presenter Indiyah Polack, has arrived wearing some striking headgear.


19:09 Boxer Johnny Nelson interview

Former WBO cruiserweight champion, Johnny Nelson, who's from Sheffield, speaks to ITV News reporter Tina Gelder.


18:52 Sheffield artist Lavelle speaks to ITV News

Singer Lavelle is interviewed by Tina Gelder on the red carpet as she arrives at the event in her home town.


18:39 Nova Twins pose for photos

Rock duo Nova Twins, who pushed for the inclusion of an alternative music award, are posing for the cameras.


18:34 MOBO Awards founder arrives

Kanya King, who founded the awards in 1996 and was made a CBE in 2018 for services to music and culture, has made her first appearance of the night.


18:27 Byron Messia arrives

One of tonight's performers, Byron Messia, has appeared on the red carpet.


18:18 Munya Chawawa on the red carpet

Comedian Munya Chawawa - who went to university in Sheffield and hosted the MOBOs in 2021 arrives at the awards.


18:05 Dame Jess Ennis-Hill on MOBOs in Sheffield

"I just feel so proud that it's in Sheffield... I think it's brilliant"

Dame Jess spoke to reporter Lisa Adlam, who's on the red carpet for ITV News, about what the event means for the city she grew up in.

The Sugababes have also just arrived, and grabbed a quick snap with the Olympic champion while they could.


17:48 Babatunde Aléshé and Dame Jess Ennis-Hill arrive

One of tonight's co-hosts, Babatunde Aléshé, and Sheffield's own Olympic gold medallist Dame Jess Ennis-Hill have just arrived at the Utilita Arena.


17:33 Sheffield Community Choir sings 'Blinded By Your Grace'

To celebrate the first visit of the awards to Sheffield, ITV News commissioned the Sheffield Community Choir to sing quadruple-nominee Stormzy's 'Blinded By Your Grace' ahead of the ceremony.


17:19 Guests starting to arrive on the red carpet

People have started arriving on the red carpet already, including Dami Hope from Love Island season 8.


17:10 MOBO Awards starting soon in Sheffield

It's the first time Sheffield has hosted the MOBOs, which is being held at the city's Utilita Arena.

It's the 26th edition of the event, and it all kicks off at 8pm, with stars arriving on the red carpet from around 6pm.

In case you missed it, here's a list of all the nominees for the 20 categories being judged tonight:

And here's a bit more background on the history and highlights over the years:


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