Labrinth questions MOBO Awards: ‘Ed Sheeran doesn’t make black music’

'Earthquake' singer says awards have lost identity to pop acts

Labrinth has questioned the point of the MOBO Awards.

Labrinth, who is nominated for four awards at this year’s event, spoke to the Daily Star about his thoughts on the awards, which were originally created to reward people making music of black origin. “I think it is a bit weird because Ed Sheeran doesn’t make black music, and neither does Conor Maynard – he makes commercial pop,” he said.

He added: “Even I’m not making black music. It’s commercial music, but at least it is more related to hip-hop so it makes more sense. I don’t think it should be called the Music Of Black Origin anymore. It should be Music Of Urban Origin, or just Music Awards.”


This year’s MOBO Awards take place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on November 3. Meanwhile, Labrinth is on course to have the Official UK Number One Single this week with his Emeli Sande collaboration ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’ top of the midweek charts.