Awards celebrate music of black origin.

British R&B singer Lemar took the plaudits with two awards at this year's Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards.

Lemar, who reached the final of the BBC talent show "Fame Academy," had been up for five awards but walked off with the Best Album and Act of the Year gongs at the ceremony held on yesterday (Sept. 22) at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Lemar's album "Time To Grow" (Sony BMG) beat off challenges from the likes of Mariah Carey and U.S. neo-soul singer John Legend, while Joss Stone and Estelle lost out to him in the best act category.

This year was the 10th anniversary of the MOBOs. The awards are voted for by the public.

The show will be broadcast tonight (Sept. 23) on national public television station BBC One.

London rapper Sway picked up the Best Hip Hop award but lost out to Kano in the Best U.K. newcomer section, which also included Lethal B, Nate James, and Roll Deep.

Bob Marley's son Damian was named the Best Reggae Act for his Tuff Gong debut "Welcome To Jamrock."

Damian and brothers Julian and Stephen Marley performed "Could You Be Loved," a tribute to their father Bob, who received the MOBO's posthumous achievement award.

Other acts performing at the ceremony included British R&B act Ms Dynamite and U.S. singer Lauryn Hill. Omar, Nate James and Mica Paris performed a tribute to soul artist Luther Vandross, who died last July aged 54.

U.S. rap pioneers Public Enemy received the Outstanding Contribution to Black Music award.

Senegalese artist Youssou N'dour won the MOBO's inaugural best African act award. It was voted for exclusively in Africa.

Here is the full list of 2005 Mobo winners:

Best Album: Lemar - "Time To Grow" (Sony BMG)
Best Hip Hop Act: Sway
Best Jazz Act: Rhian Benson
Best R&B Act: John Legend
Best Reggae Act: Damian Marley - "Welcome To Jamrock" (Tuff Gong)
Best Single: Lethal B - "Pow" (Forward)
Best U.K. Club DJ: Steve Sutherland
Best U.K. Newcomer: Kano
Best U.K. Radio DJ: Tim Westwood
Best Video: Snoop Dogg (ft Pharrell) - "Drop It Like It's Hot" (Geffen)
Best World Music Act: Daddy Yankee
U.K. Act of the Year: Lemar
Best African Act: Youssou N'Dour
Posthumous Achievement Award: Bob Marley
Outstanding Contribution to Black Music: Public Enemy

With Reuters.

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