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Mobo Awards 2007: Winehouse wins artist of the year

Amy Winehouse

Story by Jack Foley

AMY Winehouse was named female artist of the year at the 2007 Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards at London’s O2 Arena.

The controversial soul singer looked surprised when her name was announced and then said “thank you” twice while chewing gum upon receiving the prize.

During the ceremony, she also performed two songs from her album Back to BlackTears Dry On Their Own and Me And Mr Jones.

In what proved to be a memorable night for the singer, she also claimed the female artist of the year award at the Vodafone Live Music Awards at Earls Court – an accolade she sent the landlord of her local pub to accept.

Returning to the Mobos, however, rapper Dizzee Rascal was named best male artist and Kanye West took best hip-hop act and best video for his No.1 hit Stronger. He was not at the show to pick up the awards.

Another American, Ne-Yo was named top R&B artist and his hit Because Of You was named best song.

Rihanna won best international artist and BBC Radio 1’s Tim Westwood took the DJ of the year.

UK hip-hop trio N Dubz were named best newcomers, Sean Kingston took best reggae act, and G-Force triumphed in the gospel category.

Saxophonist Soweto Kinch won the jazz prize and best African act were 2face Idibia from Nigeria, who subsequently dropped their award on the stage.

The only non-music prize of the night, the BeMOBO Award, was presented to the From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, a London-based organisation that aims to provide black children with role-models.