British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago hip-hop artist Kanye West were the big winners at Britain's Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards last night (Sept. 30) in London, taking three trophies each.

British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago hip-hop artist Kanye West were the big winners at Britain's Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards last night (Sept. 30) in London, taking three trophies each. Jamelia shared the U.K. act of the year with Dizzee Rascal, and won best single and best video for "Thank You." West won best hip-hop artist, best producer and best album for

U.S. singer Usher took the best R&B act award, Jamie Cullum was chosen as the best jazz act and Janet Jackson presented a lifetime achievement award to soul singer Anita Baker.

The run-up to this year's event was overshadowed by a row over two Jamaican reggae singers whom gay rights campaigners accused of inciting violence against homosexuals with their lyrics and the controversy continued at the awards. Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel were nominated for best reggae artist but were stripped from the list of nominees after failing to apologize in writing for anti-gay lyrics.

On the night a group calling itself the Black Music Council turned out to protest against the ban and they booed the stars as they arrived at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Gay rights group OutRage! said the offensive lyrics included Elephant Man's "Battyman fi dead!" which the group said meant "Queers must be killed!" and Vybz Kartel's "Kartel buss one inna batty bwoy spine" or "Kartel puts one (a bullet) in a queer's spine."

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