This year’s MOBO awards were a brilliant night for south London artists, with a host of winners hailing from Croydon in particular.
The UK’s longest-running urban awards celebrated its 20th anniversary in Leeds this year – but it was Londoners who triumphed.
Stormzy, 22, from Thorton Heath, Croydon, won the coveted Best Male and Best Grime Artist prizes – the award he won last year when it was first created.
Croydon boys Krept & Konan won Best Hip-Hop Act and Best Album for their The Long Way Home, and gave a stellar performance at the glittering ceremony.
Another south London boy Faith Child Music won Best Gospel Act, whilst this year’s Best Newcomer award went to Section Boyz, also from south London.
Ella Eyre, who grew up in west London but studied at Croydon’s BRIT school, won Best Female Act.
Labour and Co-op MP Steve Reed could not contain his excitement and pride, claiming the artists have now made Croydon North the UK’s coolest constituency.
The full list of winners:
Best Hip-Hop Act: Krept & Konan
Best Newcomer in association with Virgin Trains: Section Boyz
Best African Act: Fuse ODG
Best Female Act: Ella Eyre
Best Male Act: Stormzy
Best Song in association with First Direct: Shutdown by Skepta
Best Grime Act in association with BBC Radio 1Xtra: Stormzy
Best Album: The Long Way Home by Krept & Konan
Best Video: Pendulum by FKA Twigs
Best Reggae Act: Popcaan
Best Jazz: Binker & Moses
Best RNB/Soul Act: Shakka
Best Gospel Act: Faith Child
Best International Album: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake
Mobo Outstanding Achievement Award: CeeLo Green
Paving The Way in partnership with ITV2: Wiley
Paving The Way in partnership with ITV2: Sir Lenny Henry