The UK’s Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards returned for their 25th staging on Wednesday at the OVO Arena in London; dancehall artiste Skillibeng walked away with his first MOBO after being awarded the Best Caribbean Music Act.
The MOBO Awards, which honour artists from a variety of musical genres, added two new categories this year: Best Alternative Act and Best Dance/Electronic Act; the Best Reggae Act category was replaced with Best Caribbean Music Act. Reaping the rewards of a successful year with international hits such as Whap Whap, Skillibeng was nominated for the Best Reggae Act award alongside Shenseea, Sean Paul, Koffee, Spice, and two-time MOBO winner Popcaan.
The Crocodile Teeth deejay was the only Jamaican entertainer nominated with Drake, Beyonce, Burna Boy, and multiple other musical heavyweights for the Best International Act, which was awarded to Burna Boy. The 25-year-old had previously been nominated for Best Reggae Act and Best International Act at last year’s staging of the MOBOs.
During his acceptance speech at yesterday’s ceremony, Skillibeng expressed his appreciation for being given the award, noting that he was from a small country where it can be difficult. He also thanked his team and the individuals who voted for him before ending his speech with a few lyrics from his single, Whap Whap.
Watch the video below.