LONDON (Reuters Life!) - London rapper Tinie Tempah and British boy band JLS were both double winners at the MOBO (music of black origin) awards held in Liverpool on Wednesday.
Tempah had led the nominations with four, and picked up the best newcomer and best video prizes, the latter for “Frisky,” featuring Labrinth.
JLS, who rose to fame in 2008 when they came second in the popular British television talent contest “The X Factor,” picked up awards for best album (“JLS”) and best UK act.
U.S. rapper Eminem was named best international act, and London hip-hop act N-Dubz picked up best song for “Playing With Fire” featuring Mr. Hudson.
Following is a full list of winners:
Best Newcomer - Tinie Tempah
Best UK R&B/Soul - Plan B
Best UK Hip Hop/Grime - Professor Green
Best International - Eminem
Best Reggae - Gyptian
Best Album - JLS (“JLS”)
Best Video - Tinie Tempah ft Labrinth (“Frisky”)
Best UK - JLS
Best Song - N-Dubz ft Mr Hudson (“Playing with Fire”)
Best African - K‘Naan
Best Jazz - Empirical
Best Gospel - Guvna B
Lifetime Achievement - Billy Ocean
BeMOBO - Merseyside Dance Initiative
Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Patricia Reaney