Craig David caps comeback with Mobos victory
Craig David has been named Best Male Act at the Mobo Awards – 16 years after he won best newcomer.
More than a decade since hits such as 7 Days and Fill Me In, the garage star’s latest album, Following My Intuition, reached number one in the charts last month.
It capped a triumphant return to performing after David returned to the UK from Miami.
Best Song at the event in Glasgow initially went to the wrong recipient.
R&B trio WSTRN were announced as winners for in2, but the song that came out of the sound system was the real winner – Robbery, by Abra Cadabra.
WSTRN accepted and gave a speech anyway, while the organisers later apologised, blaming a “production error”.
Lady Leshurr, who won Best Female Act, said she was “ecstatic”.
“I collected it and my queen speech went out the window – I didn’t know what to actually say. I was speechless, I was queen speechless,” she said.
“I went back to the drawing board and thought I need to bring fun back into the industry and I think that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Best Album was taken by Kano for Made In The Manor – seeing off competition from artists including Mercury Prize-winner Skepta.
Drake was named Best International Act.
Tinie Tempah had been due to perform but pulled out because of “music industry politics”, posting a handwritten note on Instagram saying the situation was beyond his control.
The Paving The Way award – which celebrates individuals in any field who are “punching above their weight” – went to boxer Nicola Adams.
The Olympic champion said: “It means absolutely everything to me.
“It’s nice to know that people appreciate the hard work I put into the sport and the effort to create a path so that girls behind me don’t have to struggle.
“There’s a structure now and a set-up so that they know they can be an Olympic champion just like me.”