British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago rapper Kanye West were the big winners at Britain's Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards last night (Sept. 30), taking three awards each.

British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago rapper Kanye West were the big winners at Britain's Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards last night (Sept. 30), taking three awards each.

Jamelia claimed the U.K. act of the year, shared with Dizzee Rascal, best single for "Thank You" and best video at the MOBO gala, held at London's Royal Albert Hall.

West won best hip hop, best producer and best album.

But the run-up to this year's awards was overshadowed by a row over two Jamaican reggae singers whom gay-rights campaigners accused of inciting violence against homosexuals with their lyrics. 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 themselves the Black Music Council turned out to protest against the ban and they booed the stars as they arrived.

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

--Reuters

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