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MOBO Awards 2013: Laura Mvula and Naughty Boy among big winners

Naughty Boy, Hotel Cabana

Story by Jack Foley

LAURA Mvula and Naughty Boy emerged as the biggest winners at the 2013 MOBO Awards in Glasgow, picking up two prizes each.

Mvula was crowned best female artist and best RnB and soul act, while Naughty Boy won best song for La La La and best video (for the same track).

Wiley took home the best male act and Tinie Tempah was crowned king of UK Hip Hop/Grime.

Four-piece Rudimental took the best album prize for their release Home, while Kendrick Lamar was awarded Best International Act.

Unsigned act Krept & Konan won the best newcomer accolade and made no secret of their delight at taking home the gong. The dynamic duo has been recognised as one of the UKs most promising urban artists and has become one of a handful to be awarded a prestigious MOBO award while still unsigned.

The award for performance of the night went to garage collective So Solid Crew, who closed the show with a rendition of their number one hit 21 Seconds. The high-energy 10-piece collective’s show-stopping finale was a fitting celebratory end to MOBO18.

MOBO Awards founder and CEO, Kanya King MBE, commented: “It has been an exciting road this year that has seen artists both new and established demonstrate their worth and talent. For us at MOBO, the awards are about recognising the exciting and inspiring artists out there and giving them a platform to perform on.

“This year has been a great representation of the wealth of talent MOBO music has to offer. It’s an amazing industry to work in and we love being at the forefront honouring the past and supporting the future.”

As a UNESCO city of music, Glasgow enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the world’s top music destinations.

The MOBO Awards returned to Glasgow for the third time this year as the result of a successful partnership between the MOBO Organisation, EventScotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

The 2013 winners at a glance…

Best African Act
Fuse ODG

Best Album
Home – Rudimental

Best Female in association with Tresor Paris
Laura Mvula

Best Gospel
Lurine Cato

Best International Act
Kendrick Lamar

Best Jazz
Sons of Kemet

Best Male

Best Newcomer in association with HTC
Krept & Konan

Best Reggae Act
Sean Paul

Best RnB/Soul Act
Laura Mvula

Best Song in association with PRSforMusic
La La La, Naughty Boy

Best UK Hip Hop/Grime
Tinie Tempah

Best Video in association with SBTV
La La La, Naughty Boy

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