Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mobos Go All Glamorous; MOBO AWARDS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mobos Go All Glamorous; MOBO AWARDS

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Byline: PAUL CONNOLLY

IT'S THE 10th anniversary of the Music Of Black Origin awards tonight but celebrations have been muted.

There are those who claim that t he Mobos are now an irrelevance and that black music is a spent force in the UK.

They point to the lack of controversy this year surrounding nominations as proof that black music has lost its cutting edge. True, there's no So Solid Crew and their group of hoodied acolytes to inject a frisson of danger into the ceremony.

Neither do we have the presence of Beenie Man or Elephant Man, with their cuddly songs about murdering homosexuals, to provoke outrage, as they did in 2004.

There is some anger at the nomination of Beyonce for four awards, which is seen by cynics as an attempt to add foreign glamour to the event.

But the awards will be screened on BBC3 for heaven's sake - it needs all the glamour it can muster. And she is just about the world's biggest black pop star, having released one of the pop albums of the year. …

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