Tinie Tempah explains decision to pull out of MOBO Awards

The rapper had been booked to perform, but pulled out at the eleventh hour and was replaced by Professor Green.

Tinie Tempah has blamed “music industry politics” for his decision not to grace the stage at the MOBOs last night (November 4).

The rapper had been booked to perform at the annual awards ceremony in Glasgow, but pulled out at the eleventh hour and was replaced by Professor Green.

“I will not be performing at this years Mobos for reasons that are outside of mine and the Mobos’ control,” Tempah wrote in an Instagram post. “The Mobos is a ceremony I have grown up watching and take pride in. It’s given a platform to so many artists who have inspired me. So I always go above and beyond to attend. I am gutted to not be performing.”

He continued: “I didn’t go into this much detail because I want to have a moan. I wrote this because my music and my culture is very important to me and this has been the same issue year after year. It is frustrating when music industry politics dictate my ability to celebrate either. It’s been a great year for British music, especially the underground. I will be watching and supporting. TT.”

Good luck to all the nominees at this years @moboawards I'll be watching and supporting. 🙏🏾

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Winners at last night’s MOBO Awards included recent NME cover star Lady Leshurr, who was named Best Female Act, and Craig David, who was named Best Male Act.

Kano won Best Album for ‘Man In The Mirror’, while Drake was given the Best International Act award.

However, organisers were forced to apologise after the Best Song award was mistakenly handed out to the wrong act.