UK Garage collective crown brilliant year with two awards...

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SOLID CREW were the big winners at the MOBO awards last

night (Thursday) – the UK garage collective won two awards and crew members OXIDE

& NEUTRINO also scooped a gong.

US superstar Usher

was also one of the stars of the evening, flying in on a private jet to perform

‘U Got It Bad’ for the audience at London’s Docklands

Arena. He won MOBOs for Best R&B Act

and Best Album for ‘8701’. Accepting his first

award for Best R&B, he commented: “We live in a world where

religion, language, borders and colours separate us. But music brings us

together.”

All of So Solid, who opened the show – presented

by Kelis and Trevor Nelson – with an explosive performance of

’21 Seconds’ piled on stage together to collect their

MOBO awards for Best UK Garage Act and

Best Newcomer. Oxide & Neutrino also won for

Best Video for ‘Up Middle Finger’.

Celebrities in attendance at this year’s MOBOs included

former All Saints Shaznay Lewis and Melanie

Blatt, Caprice, Mark Morrison,

Brian Harvey, Dane Bowers, Lady

Victoria Hervey, EastEnders actors Gary

Beadle and Nick Bailey, Formula One

boss Eddie Jordan, Adam F, Leah

Wood and Elizabeth Jagger.

Steps

turned up shortly before they were due to leave for gigs for British troops in

the Middle East. Goldie got a cheer from the crowd outside the

venue when he arrived in an old, beaten-up limo, but Mel Blatt

was jeered by sections of the audience when she presented the award for

Best Reggae. There was one security alert when a group of

ticketless fans rushed the doors, without success.

Mis-Teeq,

Samantha Mumba, and Dionne Warwick – aunt of

troubled diva Whitney Houston – also performed on the night. But

Craig David was in the US and sent a video acceptance speech for

his Best UK Act award. Several other winning artists failed to

show up for their awards – including Destiny’s Child (Best Single for

‘Independent Women Pt 1’), Dr Dre (Best Producer),

Shaggy (Best Reggae), Missy Elliott (Best Hip

Hop) and Luther Vandross (Lifetime Achievement).

R Kelly closed the show with a performance of ‘I

Believe I Can Fly’. Although he actually came to London by sea on the

QE2 as he’s afraid of flying.

So Solid later

celebrated their wins at an exclusive party in London’s Brick Lane, while

Usher headed off for his own party in Kensington.