Stormzy won in three categories, including for Best Male Artist and Best Album.
The charismatic south London MC was victorious in three of the five categories in which he was nominated, winning Best Male Artist, Best Grime Act and Best Album for his successful debut LP proper Gang Signs & Prayer, which was released back in February and became the first grime album ever to reach no.1 in the UK charts.
However, he was prevented from walking away with a clean sweep by J Hus, whose summer smash ‘Did You See’ won Best Song, while Mist won the trophy for Best Video for ‘Hot Property’.
Stormzy was the big winner at the 2017 MOBO Awards
Elsewhere, the hotly-tipped London MC Stefflon Don topped off a great week that also saw her nominated in the BRIT Awards’ Critics’ Choice shortlist by winning Best Female Artist. She performed in person at the awards ceremony at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Wednesday night (November 29th), alongside American rapper Cardi B and London duo Krept & Konan – who did so well at last year’s MOBOs.
Other winners on the night including Craig David, who continued his resurgence by winning the Best Soul / R&B Act, London rapper Giggs who scooped Best Hip-Hop Act, and the rather ambiguously titled rapper Dave who won Best Newcomer.
The night kicked off with a message of support for the grime scene delivered by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who acknowledged the help of Stormzy and other rappers in building momentum behind Labour’s better-than-expected outing at June’s general election.
“The MOBOs play a crucial role in the British music industry, showcasing music of black origin,” Corbyn said in a pre-recorded video.
“It’s more important than ever that we celebrate black excellence and recognise the achievements of black communities. This year grime artists played a huge part in setting the agenda for British music and in the General Election, your contribution helped secure the highest youth turnout in a quarter of a century, showing the positive impact grime has on our society.”