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MOBO Awards to return with live show on December 5

Tickets for the MOBO Awards in Coventry will go on sale tomorrow (October 29)

By Grace Almond

Young T and Bugsey pose with their MOBO award
Young T and Bugsey won Best Song at last year's ceremony. Credit: MOBO Organisation/ Michael Tubes

The MOBO Awards will return in Coventry at the end of the year, it’s been confirmed.

The awards were launched back in 1996 to celebrate the best of Black music, and have been held across the UK in cities including London, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow. 

This year, the MOBO Awards will take place in Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture, on December 5.

A crowd will also be in attendance at the Coventry Building Society Arena, while the ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube.

BBC One will broadcast a special behind-the-scenes show with exclusive backstage content, performances, and interviews from the ceremony. BBC Radio 1Xtra will cover the awards from December 6 onwards. 

Founder and CEO of MOBO Group, Kanya King CBE, said: “In 2020, we proudly did the unthinkable by producing an awards show amid a global pandemic, which was no easy feat. This year, we are delighted to be returning to a live format in the incredible city of Coventry. Over the past 24 years, the MOBO Awards has set a precedent for delivering memorable moments and iconic performances, and this year’s ceremony will be no different.”

She added: “I can say for certain that the MOBO Awards on the 5th December is going to be the most significant event in UK Black culture this year. Stay tuned for announcements on the amazing live acts we are lining up as we have some very special performances up our sleeves.”

Last year’s show was hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz, with performances from Headie One, M Huncho, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Young T, H.E.R. and more. Mahalia won Best R&B/Soul and Best Female, and Best Song was awarded to Young T and Bugsey for ‘Don’t Rush’. 

The ceremony went on hiatus after the 2017 ceremony, with King announcing that there would be “positive changes” to the show. 

Tickets for the MOBO Awards go on sale tomorrow (October 29) at 12pm and you can buy them here. Prices start from £35.