Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards, presented last night (Oct. 4) at the London Arena. The acts won two awards each. So Solid Crew won for best U.K. garage
Usher and So Solid Crew took top honors at the U.K.'s sixth annual MOBO Awards, presented last night (Oct. 4) at the London Arena. The acts won two awards each. So Solid Crew won for best U.K. garage act and best newcomer. To the amusement of the capacity crowd, the act from London's South Side brought an entourage of some 20 "crew members" onstage to accept the awards. During one of So Solid Crew's exuberant speeches, the microphone short-circuited and had to be replaced.
Usher won for best R&B act and best album for "8701" (Arista). Crowd favorite Craig David walked away with the best U.K. act title, after taking a record three awards at last year's event. In his videotaped acceptance message, David explained that he was "in the U.S. trying to fly the flag for British music."
David's nonappearance, however, was one of many, as few U.S. acts made the trip across the Atlantic for the event. The withdrawal of MOBO lifetime achievement honoree Luther Vandross resulted in an unexpected highlight, as Dionne Warwick took the stage for a rendition of "What the World Needs Now is Love."
Ironically, MOBO outstanding achievement winner R. Kelly closed the show with "I Believe I Can Fly," despite choosing to travel to the U.K. on boat due to his fear of flying. He dedicated the hit, from the "Space Jam" soundtrack, to "New York City."
Other winners included Shaggy for best reggae act; Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott for best hip-hop act; and Destiny's Child for best single with "Independent Women, Part I." Surprisingly, Outkast, which had led all nominees with four, left empty-handed.
Kelis and U.K. Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson hosted the celebrity-studded event.
Here is the full list of winners for the 2001 MOBO Awards:
Best R&B act in association with Choice FM: Usher
Best hip-hop act in association with 4music: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Best video in association with MTV Base: "Up Middle Finger," Oxide & Neutrino
Best jazz act: Incognito
Best reggae act: Shaggy
Best producer in association with Galaxy Network: Dr. Dre
Best gospel act: Mary Mary
Best world music act in association with The Daily Telegraph: Nitin Sawhney
Best U.K. garage act: So Solid Crew
Best U.K. act in association with The Sun: Craig David
MasterCard best album: "8701," Usher
Best single in association with 95.8 Capital FM: "Independent Women Part 1," Destiny's Child
Best newcomer in association with London Today: So Solid Crew
Best U.K. radio DJ: Jigs (Choice FM)
Best U.K. club DJ: Spoony
MOBO Unsigned Award: N'Jay
MOBO Outstanding Achievement: R. Kelly
MOBO Lifetime Achievement: Luther Vandross