Mandom Thoughts on the MOBO Awards 2011
One thing you’ll always find at the MOBOs is some form of entertainment and a little bit of education. The brothers sat down in the North London living room watching the show last night and came to their own thoughts and conclusions.
Mobos Live 2011 <– Lies!
Are you not aware that Rockefeller Twitter runs the world? Why would you mock viewers by saying it was live when those in attendance are clearly going to tweet results. Why do the awards have to finish before it comes on TV? Do trident have to watch it first?
Last night teens were fighting battles against their parents in the living room trying to get them to flick over to watch the MOBOs because they didn’t have sky, freeview or internet connection in their room but the parents refused to flick over from watching the 10 o’c'lock news, Police Camera Action or the fourth part to the latest Nollywood movie “Why is there stew in my ice cream tub?”
How is it possible that an award show over a decade old featuring some of the biggest selling artists gets a late showing on the home of the ‘not quite good enough for Terrestial TV and likely to have minimal viewers’ channel….again?
Who is Jason Derulo?
The Mobos ruined The Yak s night, up until yesterday he was happy to have no clue who Jason Derulo is or what he looked like. Why choose him as a presenter? The dude was saying words 5 seconds after his cue, constantly making snide remarks and tried to diss Another Level. “Who Are Another Level?” its a good question but still, who the hell are you? Michael Bolton style sampling mofo, you aint Usher, you aint Sisqo, you aint even Bieber, sit your corny V-neck vest wearing behind down and stop dancing.
Why was everyone wearing stunners indoors? It was 10pm (sorry 8pm) I dont get it, looking like Hancock. Those skaters giving presenters the awards would of been a good touch if they did something worth the entertainment. They turned a whole 180 degrees (270 if they felt especially enthusiastic) and slid kneeling down…cool.
We will never have a UK Rush Hour
Tinchy and Dappy are musicians, they are not presenters. Too many times the show went backstage and we got nothing out of it, no funny jokes, no real insight. I don’t see why Mobos dont hire more comedians for these shows, the RnB rendition for Alesha worked (Alriiieeet). Get some more comedy segments, sketches: The Only Way Is Brixton, a UK Cypher, surprise performances..something.
They were all solid, Jessie J opened well, Wretch 32 had a good set, Katy B has a good live voice, Dappy has presence etc etc Yet you can’t help but wonder why there’s no performances from the Bashment Reggae, Jazz or African Acts (more or less REAL Music of Black Origin). Most people don’t know these acts in the first place, they probably got more wikipedia hits last night than ever before so at least give them a platform to show who they are.
Wretch 32 joins the Club
They did it to Craig David, they did it to Tinchy, they did it to Dizzee, you just knew they were gonna do it to Wretch. Wretch 32 right now is the people’s champ and a number 1 record and album is probably more significant than a MOBO but it would of been a proud moment for him to pick up at least one award. I’ve never understood the voting system….if it’s voted by a panel of experts then I’m shocked and can only put it down to favouritism or friendship circles. If it’s voted by fans then it’s indicative of what young UK fans think ‘Urban’ or ‘Black’ music is or isn’t.
This woman is beyond talented and her voice is undeniable BUT her winning all the awards is a representation of what’s happening in the urban (for a lack of better word) scene. It doesn’t take an expert to recognise that Jessie J’s releases have all been pop and from what I remember Music of Black Origin has nothing to do with pop. Yet what’s happened is that artists (not just in the UK) who started off making urban songs but have now ventured more into pop are being credited with urban awards for pop releases. The lines are so blurred now that it’s hard to know whether a song is pop or Rnb/Rap/Soul. Sometimes they blend both genres but sometimes the pop sound is so blatant. When you’re winning best UK Act at the MOBOs and it’s voted by Capital FM listeners rather than Choice FM or even KISS FM listeners you have to wonder what statement is being made by the music industry and MOBOs founders and organisers.
Overall it’s refreshing to see so many UK Acts flourishing and producing good music; hopefully they’ll pave way for others to do the same. We’re proud of the longevity and success of the MOBOs but recognise a shift in vision; it’s understandable that from a commercial and business perspective they are following numbers, and numbers show that pop fans are the main consumer of any current music. However MOBOs were supposed to stand out for a reason, it’s name. When you discredit acts of the true artform, take away fundamental awards rewarding DJs, Producers etc, not give categories to a homegrown artform (Grime/Dubstep) and have pop acts such as Jessie J and JLS scoop up the awards you’ve basically made MOBOs stand for ‘Mockery Of Black Origin’.