Little Simz and Knucks share winning Album of the Year at the 2022 Mobo Awards

Little Simz and Knucks both won Album of the Year with Sometimes I Might Be Introvert and Alpha Place respectively at the 25th Mobo Awards.

The awards, which recognize and celebrate black music and culture, returned to London on Wednesday, with Chunkz and Yung Filly hosting the annual ceremony at OVO Arena Wembley.

The win capped off another successful year for Little Simz, real name Simbiatu Ajikawo, who took home the coveted Mercury Prize in October and was named Best New Artist at the Brit Awards.

It comes a year after earning her first Mobo Award for Best Female Act for her critically acclaimed fourth record, having been nominated 11 times since 2014.

Chunk and Yung Filly (Mobo/PA)

London-based rapper and producer Knucks, whose music combines rap and jazz, leads the way at this year’s awards with five nominations for his debut album.

The ceremony saw West London’s chart-topping rapper Central Cee named Best Male Actor alongside Pink Pantheress, who won Best Female Act, while his song Doja also won Video of the Year.

The 24-year-old, who scored his first number-one album with his sophomore mixtape 23 in March, has received four nominations after taking home the best newcomer and the inaugural drill award last year.

Chic frontman and Songwriters Hall of Fame president Nile Rodgers was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the evening.

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Nile Rodgers (Jane Barlow/PA)

Rodgers was among the stars who performed, joining the line-up of Kojey Radical, Tion Wayne, Fireboy DML, Cat Burns, FLO and Eliza Rose.

Meanwhile, the late music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards was also honored with a special gong.

Edwards, who rose to fame after creating the music platform SBTV in 2006 and died on February 20 at the age of 31, was posthumously honored with the Paving The Way award, which celebrates the pioneers who paved the way for future generations of talent to follow .

The show remembered the late DJ with a special tribute performance by Emeli Sande.

Singer and rapper Craig David, a six-time Mobo winner, also received the outstanding contribution award and performed at the event.

The ceremony also saw Best Grime Act go to D Double E, Bru-C take home Best Newcomer and K-Trap win Best Drill Act.

D Block Europe received Best Hip Hop Group while Mahalia won Best R&B Soul Group and Burna Boy took home two gongs for Best African Musical Group and Best International Group.

BBC 1Xtra will air a special show on 7 December featuring performances from the night and backstage interviews, as well as Mobo Awards at 25, a five-part podcast special to be broadcast on BBC 1Xtra and BBC Sounds.

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