Mobo Awards: Central Cee and Raye named best male and female acts

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Central Cee was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Sheffield on Wednesday
By Riyah Collins
BBC Newsbeat

Central Cee took home Best Male Act as well as Song of the Year for Sprinter with Dave at 2024’s MOBO Awards.

Little Simz and Stormzy, who had four award nominations each, were both recognised with one win – Little Simz for Best Hip Hop Act while Stormzy bagged best music video.

The Gorilla rapper said she was “buzzing” with the prize.

Escapism singer Raye was also honoured at the awards in Sheffield for Best Female Act.

Both she and Stormzy were unable to make the ceremony in person as they are on tour together in Australia, however they sent videos which were played out to the Sheffield audience.

Beating the likes of Flo, Jorja Smith and Little Simz, Raye said she was “really annoyed” not to be there in person.

This year is set to be a big one for the singer – next month she is up for a record-breaking seven Brit awards.

Raye, who’s currently on tour in Australia, said she was “really annoyed” to miss the awards

Central Cee also did not make the ceremony to pick up Best Male Act or Song of the Year – however the Mobos sprinted through his awards along with seven others towards the end of the night, with no time for acceptance speeches.

The rapper beat the likes of Dave, Stormzy, D-Block Europe, J-Hus and Nines to be named Best Male Act.

Meanwhile Sprinter, which was a collab with Dave, was named Song of the Year over Raye’s Escapism, Jorja Smith’s Little Things, Hide & Seek by Stormzy, Who Told You by J Hus feat. Drake and Boys A Liar Pt. 2 by Pink Pantheress and Ice Spice.

Potter Payper won Album of the Year for his debut Real Back in Style

Album of the year went to Potter Payper for Real Back in Style.

It was the debut album for the London-based rapper, real name Jamel Bousbaa, that went straight to number two in the charts when it was released over the summer.

Best Grime Act Bugzy Malone used his acceptance speech to celebrate northern talent

Best Grime Act went to Bugzy Malone who had a mic drop moment – literally – as he celebrated the awards coming from Sheffield for the first time.

“When I first started doing music nobody in the north was making money,” he said. “Now we’re out here successful, independent, so I guess we’re celebrating black independence.

“To that I say, the sky is the limit, be inspired is the mind.”

He then dropped his mic and popped champagne in celebration.

The Sugababes performed at the awards before being honoured with an Impact Award

There were performances during the night from the Sugababes, who won the Mobo Impact Award and Soul II Soul who were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other winners included:

Best African Music Act – Asake

Best Jazz Act – Ezra Collective

Best Performance in a TV Show/ Film – Damson Idreis as Franklin Saint in ‘Snowfall’

Best Drill Act – K-Trap

Best International Act – Drake and 21 Savage

Best Caribbean Music Act – Valiant

Best Gospel Act – Limboblaze

Best Producer – Info

Best Media Personality – Shxtsngigs

Best Electronic/ Dance Act – ShyGirl

Best R&B/Soul Act – Sault

Mobo Paving the Way Award – Dame Jessica Ennis Hill

Best Newcomer – Tunde

Mobo Pioneer Award – Ghetts

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