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Mobo Awards 2006: Corinne Bailey Rae & Beyonce take limelight

Corinne Bailey Rae

Story by Jack Foley

CORINNE Bailey Rae and Beyonce Knowles took the limelight at this year’s Mobo (Music of Black Origin) awards, sharing five prizes between them.

Leeds-based singer Bailey Rae took two awards – best UK female and best UK newcomer – while Beyonce collected three – best international female, best song and best video for Deja Vu, a duet with fiance Jay-Z.

Jay-Z was also recognised on the night with a best international male award – but neither he nor Beyonce appeared at the Royal Albert Hall ceremony.

The Black Eyed Peas were named best group and Lemar – who won two Mobos last year – won the best UK male prize.

The award for best hip-hop artist, meanwhile, was won by urban rapper Akala, the younger brother of Ms Dynamite.

Akala was accompanied by his sister and mother at the ceremony and commented afterwards: “I didn’t expect this. I know the album did really well but I was the least known in my category.”

Of the other prizes handed out on the night, Sean Paul took the best reggae award, Barbadian singer Rihanna was named best R&B artist award and Steve Sutherland was crowned best DJ.

Batman Samini won the best African act prize and Nu Life were named best gospel act.

Ironically, a chorus of boos greeted Beyonce’s second award, prompting host Gina Yashere to joke that she might take the prize home herself.

But there were cheers for veteran soul singer Sam Moore – one half of 1960s duo Sam and Dave – who appeared to pick up a lifetime achievement award, presented by blues performer Steve Winwood.

Moore then performed I Can’t Stand The Rain with singer Keisha White before closing the show with one of his most popular hits Soul Man.

Another popular performance was from the night’s big winner – Bailey Rae – who sang a 1940s-themed set.