Burna Boy reigns in Nigerian music with 3 MOBO awards, 2021

The 2022 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) awards, which celebrates Black music and culture, saw the first-ever tie in their 25-year history, as Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, added two wins (Best International Act and Best African Music Act) to last year’s win.

Reacting to his new wins, Burna tweeted; “Thank you so much @MOBOAwards for the Two Awards, Best International Act 2022 & Best African Music Act 2022”.

aprokovibes.com (TNG) recalls that Burna Boy won the Best International Act at the 2021 MOBO awards.

The award event was held on Wednesday, 30 November, 2022, in London, at Wembley Arena.

The singer was nominated in the Best International Act category alongside Chris Brown, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Jack Harlow, Drake, Summer Walker and Nigerian fast-rising global act, Tems.

Burna also won the Best African Act, beating Asake, Rema, Fireboy, and Omah Lay.

Burna Boy reigns in Nigerian music with 3 MOBO awards, 2021 and 2022 wins
Burna Boy

Other winners at 2022 MOBO Awards

Little Simz, Knucks, PinkPantheress and Central Cee took home top prizes at this year’s MOBO Awards, the annual ceremony celebrating the best in Black musical talent from Britain and abroad.

Little Simz and Knucks were crowned joint winners for the album of the year prize, for their albums Sometimes I Might Be Introvert and Alpha Place, respectively; Central Cee won the award for best male act, as well as video of the year for his song ‘Doja,’ while PinkPantheress won best female act.

Little Simz’s award for best album comes a year after her first MOBO win, for best female act, and caps off a landmark year that has seen her win the Mercury Prize as well as the BRIT award for best new act.

This is the second year in a row that Central Cee has taken home two awards at the MOBOs. Last year, he won best newcomer and best drill act. Overall, 2022 has been a banner year for the London rapper, with his album 23 hitting number one in the UK and ‘Doja’ making the top 10 in seven countries.

Elsewhere in the ceremony, Dreya Mac, FelixThe1st and Finch Fetti won song of the year for their viral hit ‘Own Brand Freestyle,’ Bru-C won best newcomer, Mahalia won best R&B/soul act, and D Double E took home best grime act. Inflo – one of the producers on Sometimes I Might Be Introvert – won the award for producer of the year.

aprokovibes.com (TNG) reports that this year’s MOBO awards ceremony was live-streamed on YouTube. The ceremony was hosted by YouTubers Chunkz and Yung Filly, and featured performances from legendary producer and Chic bandleader Nile Rodgers, Craig David, Kojey Radical and more.

Rodgers was also honoured with a lifetime achievement award, while David received an award for outstanding contribution. This year’s ceremony featured a tribute to Jamal Edwards MBE, the late DJ and SBTV founder, performed by Emeli Sandé.

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