One of the few red carpets to return in person, the 2020 MOBO Awards aired December 9 from Exhibition London. Since 1996, the presentation honors achievements in “Music Of Black Origin,” including hip hop, grime, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel and African music.
British supermodel Leomie Anderson made jaws drop as she walked down the red carpet nearly naked. Giving off an ethereal Eve vibe (sans Adam), the 27-year-old Victoria’s Secret Angel showed off her killer body in a sheer nude with metallic leaf motif catsuit from the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2020 Couture collection. Blending perfectly on her skin, the daring number was styled up with black strappy sandals, silver statement earrings, a sleek sweptback straightened hairdo and high-shine make-up.
If the illusion one piece looks familiar, it may be because Winnie Harlow first rocked it on the runway during the designer’s finale fashion show in part of Paris Fashion Week at Theatre Du Chatelet back in January. The nature-inspired catsuit was originally shown underneath an oversized, floor length camo-print puffer coat featuring a cool netted lining.
Hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz, the comedian-musician who was also voted best media personality by the public, the live-streamed ceremony featured performances by Headie One (featuring M Huncho) and Young T & Bugsey, rappers Ms Banks, Kojey Radical and Shaybo, dancehall vocalist Stylo G and soul singer Tiana Major9. HER also performed her song Damage, while two of Nigeria’s biggest pop stars, Tiwa Savage and Davido, also appeared.
Rapper Nines and R&B singer Mahalia were the biggest winners at the 2020 Mobo awards, returning for the first time since 2017 to celebrate music of Black origin. Nines won album of the year for Crabs in a Bucket, and best hip-hop act. Mahalia won best female act and best R&B/soul act, following her acclaimed 2019 album Love and Compromise and her 2020 EP Isolation Tapes. “Don’t Rush” by Nottingham pop-rap duo Young T & Bugsey was named song of the year, which was voted for by the public
Other big winners of the night included Headie One who was named best male act, Mancunian rapper Aitch, who picked up best newcomer and Steve McQueen, the director and visual artist behind the BBC TV series Small Axe, who was given the inspiration award.