10 facts you need to know about the MOBO and BET Awards

10 facts you need to know about the MOBO and BET Awards

These awards are two prestigious honours that have dominated the music scene worldwide when it comes to the recognition of African and American musicians and entertainers who have set the trend in their chosen field.

While studies show 95% of age 15-30s in UK are fully aware of the annual ceremony.awards, they only began to gain credence in the Nigeria music industry and amongst Nigerians when the likes of Davido and Wizkid began to earn recognitions within the circle of these reputable events.

For one, Wizkid and Davido made big wins at the 2017 MOBO Awards held at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The Ojuelegba crooner beat other international acts like Cardi B, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar to bag the award of the best international artist award.

Davido also beat Wizkid, Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi to win the award of the Best African Act. The news of Davido’s win at the recently held BET Awards is also no news.

Against this backdrop, it would be important to be well enlightened about these awards. In this light, here are ten facts about these awards that you need to know.

the BET Awards
The Bet Awards Photo: Bet logo Source: Bet Press
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1. The acronyms

MOBO is an acronym whose full meaning is Music of Black Origin. Also, the BET awards stand for Black Entertainment Television award. Hence, this suggests that both were exclusively started with the motive of awarding African acts.

2. The founders

The Music of Black Origin awards was founded by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell who planned the first event in a bedroom while the Black Entertainment Television Awards were created by the Black Entertainment Television network in order to recognise acts in fields like acting, music, sports, and other genres of entertainment.

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3. The beginning

While Black Entertainment Television Awards started in 2001, Music of Black Origin began in 1996. This makes it the first black awards event in Europe. Again, it passes as the first event with such African diversity to be shown on national television.

the MOBO Awards
The Mobo Awards Photo: The MOBO logo Source: Mobo Press
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4. The venues

The award ceremonies of the Music of Black Origin awards have been held at every well-known iconic London venue including the Royal Albert Hall where the event was hosted six times. However, 1n 2009, the awards ceremony moved to Glasgow for the first time. This was done with the intention of making it less centered in London as well as reducing the cost of the event.

As for the Black Entertainment Television Awards, it was initially done at at the Paris Las Vegas in 2001. This resort was located on the Las Vegas Strip. Then, from 2002 to 2005, the BET Awards were held at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

It does not end there, they later went on to pitch their tent at the Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium from 2006 to 2012. Then, in 2013 the award events were moved to Los Angeles' Microsoft Theatre.

the MOBO Awards
Wizkid at MOBO Awards 2017, wins Best International Awards Photo: Wizkid Source: GY Online
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5. The hosts

Both awards have been hosted by illustrious celebrities who have done justice to reflecting the values and culture of the award during the ceremonies.

For the Black Entertainment Television Awards, the hosts vary from Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, Mo'Nique, Will and Jada Smith, Damon Wayons to Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Tucker, Chris Rock, Anthony Anderson, and Leslie Jones. The 2018 BET Awards was hosted by Jamie Foxx who is currently 50 years old.

On the other hand, Music of Black Origins Awards have been hosted by the likes of Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford (2014 and 2015), Rickie Haywood Williams and Melvin Odoom (2016), Maya Jama and Marvin Humes (2017).

6. The judges

Winners of the Black Entertainment Television Awards are mostly determined by approximately 500 members of the voting academy. These members are certified professionals from the media, music and blogging industries.

In the same vein, the winners for the Music of Black Origins awards (especially for the category of the Best Album) are decided by a panel, which comprise of 300 experts in the entertainment industry with a background in record labels, journalism, songwriters, artists, video directors and disc jockeying.

7. The categories

These two awards have different categories with which they determine entertainers who are eligible to be recognised. Award categories for the Black Entertainment Television Awards include Album, Hip-Hop, Gospel, R&B, Group, New Artist, Collaboration, Music Video, Music Video Director, Centric Award, Viewer's Choice Award, Movie, Male and Female Actor, Male and Female Sport, and International Viewer's Choice Award.

Black Entertainment Television network also has a category reserved for music icons and legends called the Lifetime Achievement Award. A tribute is usually performed by other popular artists to honour the awardee’s memory and music.

For the Music of Black Origin Awards, we have categories like Best African Act, Best Album, Best Female Act: Jessie J, Best Gospel Act, Best Grime Act, Best Hip Hop Act, Best International Artist, Best Jazz Act.

One thing these two have in common, though, is that they are both poised to recognize Africans who have stood out in almost every genre of the entertainment industry.

8. The awardees

Several prominent African and American celebrities have emerged as winners of these awards. Those who have bagged the Black Entertainment Television Awards the most as of 2017 are Beyonce who has won 26 times, Chris Brown (14 times), Drake (12 times), Serena Williams (12 times), Nicki Minaj (11), and Kanye West (10).

As it appears, Beyonce has had the most BET nominations, due to her solo work and role in the Destiny's Child group. For the Music of Black Origins awards, celebrities like Fuse ODG, Sam Smith, Jessie J, Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Beyoncé and Zara McFarlane have been winners. Only recently, Davido and Wizkid have also clinched awards at both events.

Davido at the MOBO and BET Awards
Davido at the MOBO and BET Awards, clinches honours Photo: Davido Source: Style Rave
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9. Legendary appearances

Legendary artists such as Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Jay Z, Mark Ronson, Destiny’s Child, Kanye West and the late Amy Winehouse have all performed at the award ceremonies of the Music of Black Origin in the past.

Several African and American celebrities have also graced the stages of the Black Entertainment Television. They include Nicki Minaj, Ledisi, Big Sean, Tye Tribbet, Meek Mill, Janelle Monae, Migos and so on.

10. Achievements and impacts

These awards created for people of black origin have gone on to stir a lot of changes in the music industry. For one, the Best Newcomer Award awarded at the Music of Black Origin award nights has provided an good platform for a number of artists in the United Kingdom like Craig David, Kano, Estelle, Emeli Sanda and Rita Ora.

Also, acts like Skepta who won the Best Video (That’s Not Me) for the year 2014 have gotten a boom in their careers by bagging an award.

On the other hand, the Black Entertainment Television Awards have posthumously celebrated and honoured many African celebrities who had made significant impacts as musicians and humanitarians.

Some of them include Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Steve Harvey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper.

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