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MOBOs criticised over Jessie J sweep

CRITICISED: Singer Jessie J picks up gong at 2011 Mobo Awards

THE MOBO Awards was criticised last night (Oct 5) for presenting pop singer Jessie J with four awards out of the five she was nominated for.

The Do It Like a Dude singer scooped Best Album, Best UK Act, Best Song and Best Newcomer at the annual awards put on to celebrate music of black origin.

"I didn't know Jessie J makes BLACK music," said Twitter user, @KahmarlaJohnson

While @OMFGmusiic wrote,"Um, how did Jessie J win best album at the MOBO's? This is blasphemy. BLASPHEMY."

The biggest outrage came from supporters of UK rapper, Wretch 32 who believed the Tracktor star, who was nominated for four categories at the Glasgow ceremony and didn't win one, should've at least scooped Best Newcomer.

Fellow rapper, Chipmunk, tweeted: "Conspiracy"

While Choice FM presenter, Kojo, wrote: "All Im saying is CRAIG DAVID all over again," in reference to the infamous 2001 BRIT awards, where the singer was denied all SIX gongs he was nominated for.

"So @Wretch32 didn't win anything last night...And ppl (people) wonder why the MOBO's aren't taken seriously [sic]," added Sherify84.

East London rapper Tinchy Stryder managed to walk away with the Best Video award for Spaceship - a collaboration with N Dubz star, Dappy - but even that didn't escape harsh criticism on the night, with Twitter user, @MelissaMono noting, "[He] had to share it with a white artist, how ironic."

Back in July, Voice reporter, Janice Brown asked whether the Mobos were "doing a disservice to black artists" by using white singers to promote the awards.

She wrote: "I certainly don’t subscribe to the thinking that black people should always ‘help their own’, regardless of whether those seeking help deserve it or not. But if organisations like MOBO – and The Voice – that seek to promote black culture, choose to push white talents over black, can we really expect any more from the mainstream?"

"The awards reflect what is happening in the UK music scene right now," MOBO founder, Kanya King said after the awards.

"It's been a great event that has welcomed some exciting new award winners to the Mobo roll of honour including the global superstar Adele, the UK's hot talent Tinchy Stryder and of course the fantastic Jessie J walking away with four awards," Kanya added.



Best UK act: Jessie J

Best newcomer: Jessie J

Best hip hop/grime act: Tinie Tempah

Best video: Spaceship, Tinchy Stryder and Dappy

Best international act: Rihanna

Best song: Do it Like a Dude, Jessie J

Best album: Who You Are, Jessie J

Best reggae act: Alborosie

Best jazz act: Kairos 4Tet

Best African act: Wizkid

Best gospel act: Triple O

Best R&B/soul act: Adele

Outstanding contribution to music: Boyz II Men

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