It has been heavily criticised in recent years but the Mobo Awards may have finally won some fans back. The awards ceremony celebrated its 20th anniversary in Leeds on 4 November with performances from the likes of FKA twigs and Krept & Konan. Although not everyone was won over, many have admitted they were impressed with this year's Mobos.
Hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford at the First Direct Arena, the 2015 awards cast a heavy focus on celebrating homegrown grime and UK rap artists as opposed to commercial pop as it has done in recent years, with Krept & Konan and Stormzy emerging as the big winners of the night.
Sharing their thoughts on the awards, which were broadcast live on ITV, one Twitter user commented: "I'm impressed with the MOBOs so far, I like this," while another agreed: "Mobos had a better crowd this year." Another entertained viewer chimed in: "So far, so good. MOBOs are getting it right."
However, some are still sceptical about the urban awards, which is widely believed to have lost credibility over the years, with one critic stating: "MOBOS was alright but it could've been better!" while another said: "Not actually impressed with any of the performances on the mobos apart from krept and konan." Another said: "This is so poor sigh* the mobos has so much to improve on."
It has been said that the Mobos has lost its identity and no longer recognises music of black origin with white artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Adele winning the most coveted awards in recent years. However, organisers appear to be bringing the awards back to its roots with credible urban artists triumphing at the 2015 ceremony.
Watch FKA twigs performing at the Mobo Awards 2015:
Rap duo Krept & Konan, real names Casyo Johnson and Karl Wilson, walked away with the most coveted award of the night with their debut LP Long Way Home named best album. The record, which was released in July 2015, reached number two on the UK charts and features collaborations with the likes of Rick Ross, Ed Sheeran and Wiz Khalifa. The duo were also named best hip hop act after fending off competition from the likes of Little Simz and Lady Leshurr.
South London MC Stormzy was named best male and best grime while Fuse ODG won best African and Ella Eyre took best female. Canadian rapper Drake scooped the best international album for If You're Reading This It's Too Late.