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MOBO Awards cancelled in 2018 ahead of ‘big changes’ as part of 2019 revamp

There will be no MOBO Award ceremony in 2018.

Since its launch in 1996, the MOBOs have been running for 22 consecutive years, selling over 150,000 tickets. Last year saw the 22nd edition of the MOBO Awards, hosted at the 13-500 capacity First Direct Arena in Leeds.

However, founder Kanya King MBE and the MOBO team confirmed it was time for “big changes”. Here is the full statement:

“Today we announce a brand-new era for MOBO and an exciting new chapter for the MOBO Awards.

“A powerful force and a staple in the music industry for over two decades, the MOBO Awards has established itself as the number one platform fore showcasing and championing the very best in British urban music and culture. We have provided a stage where stars are made and have managed to achieve this all while operating as an independent organisation.

“Now it’s time for big changes.

“The evolution of the MOBO Awards is always at the forefront of our mind and we want to ensure that we continue to build on the strong foundation of the brand and its heritage for a wider purpose and bigger impact. We will bring the platform to brand new heights, and most importantly, continue to amplify the exposure of the large pool of exceptional talent celebrated by MOBO.

“As a a result, the MOBO Awards will not take place this year but will return in 2019.

“We look forward to bringing you a much bigger, revamped show, announcing major partnerships as well as introducing a series of initiatives and events over the next 12 months in music, film and entrepreneurship.

“We understand that the MOBO Awards will be missed this year, but we will return next year, BIGGER AND BOLDER. Get ready!”

Stormzy took home three awards at the 2017 MOBOs, including Best Male Act, Best Album and Best Grime Act, with J Hus winning Best Song and Stefflon Don winning Best Female Act. For the full list of winners, click here.