2011: The year the MOBOs lost relevance. As this video clip proves, they’ve always been fairly specious (go on: guess which of those artists won a MOBO for their early career). But this year has seen a huge explosion in the success of UK urban music. So any awards ceremony supposedly geared towards celebrating UK talent steeped in black sonic heritage should be in its element, yet the only dubstep artists nominated are Chase And Status. They couldn’t even devote a single category to grime, instead cramming the kiddie rap of Rizzle Kicks in next to sonic pioneers like Wiley (above). Emerging self-starting UK talent like P Money has been left out in the cold. But hey, the judges have made sure that the manicured likes of Dionne Bromfield and Alexis Jordan are accounted for. It totally overlooks the kind of artist whose underground buzz really needs a leg-up into the mainstream. And by doing so, this ceremony not only looks totally out of touch, it completely fails the musical community it’s supposed to help.
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