The MOBO Awards to take a year off in 2018

The U.K. awards show will return “bigger and bolder” in 2019.

September 25, 2018
The MOBO Awards to take a year off in 2018 Stefflon Don wins the award for Best Female at the MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on November 29, 2017 in Leeds, England.   Andrew Benge/Redferns

The MOBO Awards, a U.K.-based awards honoring music of black origin, is to take a break this year. Organizers confirmed the news on Tuesday while vowing to return in 2019.

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Organizers of the MOBOs, which began in 1996, stated that taking a year off would allow them to "reshape" and return with a renewed energy. Kanya King, MOBOs founder and CEO, said: “We understand that the MOBO Awards will be missed this year, but we will be back in 2019, bigger and bolder.”

In place of this year’s awards, MOBO organizers will instead honor leading figures in the creative industry with a special event at London's British Library in October.

Winners at the 2017 MOBOs included Stormzy, Davido, J Hus, Giggs, and Wizkid.



The MOBO Awards to take a year off in 2018