SYDNEY, AU. (SONY BMG Music
Entertainment) - Neo-soulster John Legend
has taken out the MOBO Award for Best R&B Act, while British singer Lemar
has been awarded Best Album and UK Act Of The Year. The awards, which aim to celebrate music of black origin, are voted for by the public and held annually in London. John Legend's debut album 'Get Lifted' has been heaped with praise since it was released earlier this year. Currently on tour in Australia, John has just taken out the MOBO Award for Best R&B Act. He fought off some tough competition from the likes of Ciara, Mariah Carey, Nate James, Terri Walker
and Lemar, but emerged triumphant at the 10th anniversary of the MOBOs.
British R&B sensation Lemar didn't go away empty-handed though - he was named 'UK Act Of The Year' ahead of Joss Stone, Estelle, Kano and Roll Deep, and was also awarded 'Best Album' for 'Time To Grow'. According to the BBC, Lemar said he was "over the moon" about his win, and added, "This is so unexpected, I'm taken aback."
Lemar performed at the ceremony along with Lauryn Hill, Kano and Damien Marley. Congratulations to both John Legend and Lemar on their wins.
Here's the full list of MOBO winners:
BEST ALBUM: Lemar, 'Time to Grow'
BEST HIP-HOP ACT: Sway, Dcypha Productions
BEST JAZZ ACT: Rhian Benson
BEST R&B ACT: John Legend
BEST REGGAE ACT: Damien Marley, Welcome to Jamrock
BEST SINGLE: Lethal B, 'Pow (Forward)'
BEST UK CLUB DJ: Steve Sutherland
BEST UK NEWCOMER: Kano
BEST UK RADIO DJ: Tim Westwood
BEST VIDEO: Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, 'Drop It Like It's Hot'
BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT: Daddy Yankee
UK ACT OF THE YEAR: Lemar
BEST AFRICAN ACT: Youssou N'Dour
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Bob Marley
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION: Public Enemy