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Issue:- 8 November  2012

MOBO Awards 2012
Photographs and report by Patrick Trollope.

THE MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards were held in Liverpool on Saturday, 3 November 2012. This was the 17th MOBO to be held and this annual event’s second time in Liverpool. This year’s event was celebrated by a host of top stars of screen, sport, music and TV and, when described by a reporter in the US, they likened it to the "Oscars" for the music world. With the likes of JLS arriving in Liverpool in a specially-chartered Easyjet flight, it is no wonder why the US reporter said that! The start of the night set the tone for the rest of the event and the focus was on the red carpet. This carpet was the place for many of the stars to strike up a pose for the world’s press, and in turn showing off a vast range of fashion styles, from the stunning white dress of Rita Ora, to the shiny dresses, like Rebecca Ferguson's silver dress. One of the eye-catching outfits featured on the night was worn by Lauren Pope. She wore a very interesting black number. But that was only part of the story, as the MOBOS are not a fashion show! Billed as "The hottest urban music event on the British calendar in 2012" you had to expect some good tunes... stepping up and delivering to a packed out Liverpool Arena were Emeli Sandié, Labrinth, Conor Maynard, JLS, Wiley, Stooshe, Angel, Trey Songz, Dionne Warwick and many others.  Also attending where members of the Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes's family jetted in from the USA, specially for the event.  Back stage you could not help but bump into special guests, VIP's and A-listers. The most amazing thing was watching the acts back stage, as they posed in ablaze of flashes from cameras, after receiving their awards. For Emeli Sande, the night brought not 1 but 3 awards!  Well done! an amazing achievement...   All of the acts we spoke to had high praise for Liverpool and its people and many of them thanked us for making them feel so welcome.

This is the full winners list from the nights presentations:-
Award Performer


Best Female Act Emeli Sande
Best Male Act Plan B
Best Newcomer Rita Ora
Best R&B/Soul Act Emeli Sande
Best Hip-Hop/Grime Act Plan B
Best Video JLS
Best Song Labrinth Ft Tinie Tempah Do You Feel What I Feel
Best Album Emeli Sande Earthquake
Best International Act Nicki Minaj Our Version Of Events
Best Reggae Act Sean Paul
Best Jazz Act Zoe Rahman
Best African Act D’Banj
Best Gospel Act Rachel Kerr
Outstanding Contribution to Music TLC
Lifetime Achievement Award Dionne Warwick

Well done to all the people involved in this event and thank you for letting us have the honour of attending. We will let our photos tell the rest of the story...



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MOBO founder Kanya King MBE said:- "Liverpool has honoured us with a particularly special MOBO Awards.  Each year were staggered by the calibre of the talent on display his year's has been no exception to that rule.  Tonight has been a night for not only home grown talent, such as Emeli Sandi and Plan B, but also less represented genres of music such as gospel, jazz and African which are equally important for MOBO.  thank you Liverpool for helping to make this the best MOBO yet!"

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