The Mahalia wins MOBO awards came with a socially remote show after a two-year break. Maya Jama and Chunkz organized the ceremony and broadcast it on YouTube.
Both Mahalia and Nines have won the Best R&B/Soul prize, Mahalia and Nines have won both the Best Album and Best Hip Hop. Mahalia told Newsbeat that As a young black artist at the MOBOs, everything it stands for and holds is really special.”
The best song for Don’t Rush was awarded to Young T and Bugsen. The duo of Nottingham said that the challenge of a viral Don’t Rush helped to make it such a key 2020 son.
“I was a big wrestle fan as a child, so when I saw that the whole WWE did the challenge, I was like ‘yes we did something’,” said Bugsey. “We hadn’t got any idea that would happen every day.
At the beginning of the year, the pair released their mixtape and planned tours and other live performances. “All artists have had to learn how to maneuver through it, hopefully, next year shows will be back again.”
He told Newsbeat, “It’s sick to be recognized for what I’m doing.” Aitch, who picked up Best Newcomer said it was a good end to a bad year.
“Some things have happened, that would not have happened if I were off the road,” says Aitch, in one year as no other. “There were still too many “zoom calls” to do, although he’s done.
Clara Amfo, Mo Gilligan, and Co-host Maya Jama won the Best Media Personality against names.
But after the MOBO was canceled in 2019 and 2018, the founder of Kanya King said that she “felt like she had to” bring them back. With this social-distance measure in place, it might have been the best year to host such a big event Mahalia wins MOBO awards.
She said: “2020 was such a unique year and MOBO always has a focus on talent.
“Entertainment and activism have always gone hand in hand, and we’re using the power of black culture to empower and uplift people.”
The ceremony this year also included a one-off category to award Ella Mai’s best retrospectively album between September 2017 and August 2019.
The pandemic has been a creative opportunity for a number of artists.
In May, Mahalia released her EP Isolation Tapes, made up of songs that she hadn’t been able to complete before. “If isolation hadn’t happened, I might never have seen those songs again,” she says.
Albeit it was a “confusing and stressful” year, Mahalia said she was finally “be present and full of energy online”
“I think a lot of us artists in that time realized how important social media platforms are,” she says.
“It’s a gateway to be able to speak to fans. I wasn’t very good at that before so this has been a learning curve for sure.”
Young T and Bugsey are in agreement. “It made you interact with fans more and people who support you more because you can be connected,” said Young T.