R&B star Beyonce was the top winner at this year's MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, winning three trophies at tonight's (Sept. 20) ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

R&B star Beyonce was the top winner at this year's MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, winning three trophies at tonight's (Sept. 20) ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The artist was awarded with best song for the chart-topping hit "Déjà Vu" (Columbia) featuring Jay-Z, best international female, and best video, also for "Déjà Vu."

However, the industry surprises included the best hip hop prize going to newcomer Akala, who happens to be the brother of former Mercury Award winner Ms. Dynamite.

Akala’s critically acclaimed debut album "It’s Not A Rumour" (Illa State Records)released in May, has already made such an impact he was able to beat stalwart best hip hop nominees Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, and the favorite, another British talent, Kano.

Female pop-jazz artist Corinne Bailey Rae, who is proving to be very popular in the United States, equally impressed MOBO’s judges and picked up the award for best U.K. newcomer and best U.K. female.

Batman Samini, from Ghana, beat South Africa’s Lebo Mathsa to the Best African Act award.

Sam Moore, of the legendary U.S. blues and soul duo Sam & Dave, is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile, the inaugural BeMOBO award went to the Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human-rights organization, which originated from 1839.

The MOBO judges belong to the MOBO Academy, which includes industry executives from radio stations, record labels and, for the first time, 500 members of the public.

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