Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No, Miss Winehouse, Mobo Does Not Stand for More Booze; Best Female: But Amy Appeared Distracted as She Rattled through Two Songs at the Awards

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No, Miss Winehouse, Mobo Does Not Stand for More Booze; Best Female: But Amy Appeared Distracted as She Rattled through Two Songs at the Awards

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

SOME might say top priority for Amy Winehouse should be cleaning up heract.

But the lady herself seems to favour a stash of booze and the promise of aparty insteadand made no pretence at any sort of rehab during last night's Mobos, where shepicked up the top prize for best UK female.

The singer's backstage requests might have satisfied an entire rock band.

On the "essential" list handed to the O2 Arena were one large bottle of vodka,two bottles of Jack Daniels and two more bottles of Veuve Cliquot, not tomention two bottles of red Rioja wine and 48 of Heineken beer.

Among her requests backstage were some signs that Winehouse is trying to bringa little health into her diet. Along with the packs of Haribo sweets, chickendrumsticks, chocolate bars, chips and dips, she also requested fresh fruitthough that might have been for slices of lemon to pop in the vodka.

Unfortunately, though the 24-year-old had good reason to celebrate, sheappeared not to have saved the toasts until after the awards. She gave a lessthan impressive performance at last night's ceremony, rattling through twosongs distractedly after stumbling and giggling as she ran on-stage.

She even appeared out of sync with the band at several points and forgot someof the words to her Tears Dry On Their Own.

On being presented with the award for best female, she muttered a half-hearted:"Thank youhello," before handing the microphone back to the award presenter. The audiencestill gave a standing ovation.

The other big winner of the night was fellow Londoner Dizzee Rascal, who tookthe best UK male award.

Dizzeeaka Dylan Mills, 21, from Bowhas effected something of a comeback after disappearing from view since he lastwon a Mobo in 2004. After his platinum albums Boy In Da Corner and Showtime, in2003 and 2004, he is back with this year's critically acclaimed Maths AndEnglish.

But there was humiliation for US rapper 50 Centwho pulled out of his planned appearance last night after being beaten to theUK number one chart spot by rival Kanye West. …

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