Audience booed when artist failed to appear.

Beyonce Knowles, who clinched three awards at last night’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award, was booed by the audience when she failed to turn up and pick up her gongs.

Beyonce had bagged prizes for best song for "Déjà vu", best video and best international female act.

When the presenters explained she could not attend to pick up her first award, there was lukewarm applause from the spectators. Their response included slight jeers during the announcement of Beyonce’s second award.

But by the third award, presented by U.K. singer Mica Paris for the best female international category, there were universal boos throughout the venue, London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The negative response appeared to be exacerbated by the fact that it was generally known that Beyonce was supposed to be in the United Kingdom that day. Moreover, she did not even send a video-recorded thanks to the event, as Black Eyed Peas (A&M/Interscope) did when the band was unable to attend.

A spokeswoman for the MOBO Awards organizers explained that the R&B star was actually in France, instead of London, and was, therefore, unable to make an appearance.

Some cynics also quipped that the situation might have had something to do with the presence of LeToya Luckett (Capitol Records) who performed at the event.

Like Beyonce, LeToya is an original member of Destiny’s Child. But she left the band about six years ago following bitter wrangling. At the MOBO Awards, LeToya performed a track from self-titled album, which is causing a storm in The Billboard 200 2 and R&B/Hop-Hop Album charts.