Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Mobo hat-trick for Emeli Sande

Emeli Sande has scooped three separate titles at this year's Mobo Awards.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter won Best Female, Best Album for her number one-selling Our Version of Events and Best R&B/Soul at the event at Liverpool's Echo Arena

Emeli, who first featured at the Mobo Awards in 2010, got the night off to a spectacular start with a specially-crafted rendition of My Kind Of Love.

Guest of honour Dionne Warwick was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award to celebrate half a century in the business. London hip-hop artist Plan B snapped up Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime, which he collected from rising global star, Rita Ora.

TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas collected this year's Mobo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Members of Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes's family jetted in especially to celebrate the honour on her behalf. The singer died in a car accident 10 years ago.

Rita Ora jetted in especially from the US leg of her tour to pick up Best Newcomer in association with HTC. Labrinth was awarded Best Song in association with PRS for Music for Earthquake and treated the room to a mash up of his biggest hits. Other winners included Rachel Kerr; D'Banj; Zoe Rahman; Nicki Minaj and Sean Paul.

Chart toppers JLS arrived on a specially-chartered easyJet flight to collect the gong for Best Video for Do You Feel What I Feel and got the crowd on their feet with a performance of their latest single, Hottest Girl In The World.

The event - now in its 17th year - was interspersed with a series of performances from special guests including rapper Wiley, who shared the stage with Skepta and Ms D to perform his new release Can You Hear Me and number one single, Heatwave. Rising star Misha B treated crowds to a version of her debut single Home Run, and Angel wowed the crowd with a super smooth version of his single, Wonderful. Stooshe performed their cover of TLC's Waterfalls on stage, as introduced by T-Boz and Chilli.

Mobo founder Kanya King MBE said: "Each year we're staggered by the calibre of the talent on display at the Mobo Awards. This year has been outstanding and we're honoured to showcase the best of the best on the night.

"Tonight has been a night for not only homegrown talent such as Emeli Sande and Plan B, who we've championed from the beginning of their careers, but also less represented genres of music such as gospel, jazz and African which are equally important for Mobo."

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