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