Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) — U.S. singer Chris Brown was named best international artist at the Music of Black Origin awards during a ceremony in London last night.

In the past the Mobos, Britain’s biggest awards for urban music has drawn criticism for failing to attract stars from the other side of the Atlantic. This time it was some of the U.K. musicians who stayed away.

Leona Lewis did not attend, even though she won the Best Album prize for “Spirit,” as well as Best Video for “Bleeding Love.” Rap star Dizzee Rascal was voted Best U.K. Male for the second straight year. He too was unable to be at the event because of his schedule.

Some in the crowd booed during Leona Lewis’s acceptance speech, which was made via a video link.

Lewis was beaten by Estelle to the Best U.K. Female award. Estelle, wearing an off-the-shoulder fitted dress, got a warmer reception after canceling a concert in the U.S. to attend. One of the first to congratulate her was U.S. musician John Legend, who had boosted her career by signing her onto his record label.

Former Spice Girl Mel B, as the show host, ran though a series of costume changes including one hooded mini dress, while U.S. singer Grace Jones wore a black ruffled gown with full gold facemask to present an award to Estelle.

Supremes Hits

Mary Wilson, the former Supreme, collected a Lifetime Achievement Award that was given to Motown to mark the U.S. record label’s 50th anniversary celebrations. She sang a medley of Supremes hits and joined the Sugababes to perform.

The MOBO awards were set up in 1996 by businesswoman Kanya King to recognize artists of any race performing music of black origin.

“I’m particularly delighted,” said King, “that British talent through artists such as Estelle and Leona receive the recognition they justly deserve.”

The ceremony at Wembley Arena followed decisions by a judging panel of record company executives and industry experts.

Previous MOBO Award winners include TLC, Eminem, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, George Benson, Beyonce, Kanye West, 50 Cent and Janet Jackson.

Full Mobo list:
Best U.K. Female: Estelle
Best U.K. Male: Dizzee Rascal
Best U.K. Newcomer: Chipmunk
Best International Act: Chris Brown
Best Reggae: Mavado
Best Jazz: YolanDa Brown
Best Gospel: Jahaziel
Best African Act: 9ice
Best Song: “American Boy” – Estelle
Best R&B / Soul: Chris Brown
Best Hip Hop: Lil’ Wayne
Best Video: “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
Best Album: “Spirit” – Leona Lewis
Best Radio DJ: Trevor Nelson
Best Club DJ: Tim Westwood
Lifetime Achievement: Motown
BeMOBO Special Award: Ricky McCalla

SOURCE: Bloomberg / Mark Beech

26 Responses to “Chris Brown, Estelle, Dizzee Rascal Lead Mobo Winners”

  1. JanZ says:


  2. BaByLoO says:

    Go chris…congrats!

  3. cbfan93 says:

    Congrats chris! Cant wait 2 c u! XOXO

  4. becca says:

    chris come to london to thank your fans ;)
    cant wait to meet you ! :)
    cant wait till your nxt in london ill be there :)
    hurrry up ! lol

  5. Tima1 says:

    GO CHRIS! AND U BEAT OUT RIHANNA FOR THE BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT, WOW! i dont mean i dont believe it but i thought Europeans were crazy 4 her

  6. Amber says:

    I just found this never before seen Chris Brown story on a random website called meetthefamous.

  7. Chris Parisi says:

    Yo, you da best ! My name is really Chris. Just in case you don’t believe me. But what i really wanted 2 tell you is that i can sometimes sound like you when i sing 1 of yo songs. I really sound like you when i sing “Yo (Excuse Me Miss). I’m really not lying, but anyway, please send a message back. 1 more thang, this is my ma computer. so that’s why tha e-mail is what it is. Keep it rollin dogg

  8. luana says:


  9. luana says:

    LOVE YOU!!!!!

  10. luana says:

    LOVE YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Kathy says:

    I remember when this site would get sooooooooooooooo many hits per post. Now it’s super dead, but a lot more organized.

  12. becca says:

    OMG !
    i havnt seen this on the net i just heard it 2day :)
    glow in the dark ♪ ♫
    its of graffiti and i think its really good :)
    lisen if you have the chance :)
    cant wait to meet chris when he nxt does a concert in london :)
    hopefully when the album comes out :)

  13. ~!Mrs.Brown!~ says:

    great job chris. congrats :) keep upo the good work can’t wait to see you in st.louis again


  14. Sit´zV. says:


    in youtube


  15. mylle says:

    hello completely well I wait for chris that yes
    I want that he knows that I adore his musicians and he is a clear voçê, voçê heart kisses lives in mine
    I love you muitooo
    I am his fan
    it keeps god

  16. mylle says:

    I am a Brazilian and I am 15 years old
    and I and my friends adore vc and you sweat music

    I love you a lot of

  17. hello completely well I wait for chris that yes
    I want that he knows that I adore his musicians and he is a clear voçê, voçê heart kisses lives in mine
    I love you muitooo
    I am his fan
    it keeps god

  18. Ke-vo says:

    hey c.b,man congrats 4 tha 2 awards..u dserve bro..big love 4u..kevo from kenya

  19. Ke-vo says:

    hey c.b,man congrats 4 tha 2 awards..u dserve em big tym..big love 4u.please marry my sister,she’s mad bout u..kevo from kenya

  20. Ke-vo says:

    hey chris,plz tell JORDIN SPARKS u love her..she’s HOT..:-)

  21. jasmin says:

    2 becca, i herd + downloaded glow in the dark ages ago…
    i luv it 2!!
    is it gonna b on graffiti?
    cAnT w8 TIl iT coMeS OuT!!

  22. JJ says:

    Hey congrats to CB , but when is he going to back in LA ??

  23. becca says:

    yh its gonnna be on grafitti i think

  24. Khadijah says:

    I Luv U Chris So Much. O.M.G. i’M SO GLAD I’M ON YOUR WEBSITE. You R The Hotest Guy EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Khadijah says:

    Com 2 NC dURHAM sO i CAN c u

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