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Mobo Awards 2010: Tinie Tempah and JLS win

Tinie Tempah

Story by Jack Foley

HIP-hop MC Tinie Tempah (pictured) and JLS shared the major prizes at the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards in Liverpool.

The acts took home two prizes each, with Tempah picking up trophies for best newcomer and best video for his single Frisky.

The awards complete a memorable couple of weeks for the singer, whose debut album also recently topped the UK album charts. What’s more, has sold more singles than any other artist in the UK so far this year.

Commenting on the awards, Tempah told the crowd: “Last year, I was here as a spectator just watching my friends pick up awards. So now it’s nice to be here and to have finally won something.”

Former X Factor finalists JLS won best album and were named best UK act… two accolades that helped to generate the loudest screams from fans at the Echo Arena.

They also performed a live version of the single Billionaire with US singer Travie McCoy.

In other awards handed out on the night, N-Dubz and Plan B also picked up prizes.

N-Dubz won the best song award for their track Playing With Fire, featuring Mr Hudson and Plan B was named best UK R&B and soul act following the success of his album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

US rapper Eminem was named best international act and Billy Ocean, whose hits have included Caribbean Queen and When The Going Gets Tough, was presented with the lifetime achievement trophy.

There were further prizes for reggae artist Gyptian, Somali-born rapper K’Naan, jazz act Empirical, and 21-year-old gospel act Guvna B.

The Mobo awards were first handed out in 1996 to showcase British urban music at a time when it was largely overlooked in the mainstream.