MOBO Awards to be held in Coventry

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The UK’s biggest celebration of Black music and culture, the MOBO Awards, is to be held at Coventry Building Society Arena on December 5.

Following last year’s livestreamed show, the ceremony is returning to its live show format.

The MOBO Awards stage has seen performances from stars such as Sade, Amy Winehouse, Stormzy, FKA Twigs, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sandé, Labrinth, Craig David, Ms Dynamite, Laura Mvula and Sugababes.

MOBO is partnering with YouTube and BBC for the second consecutive year to bring the awards to a global audience.

BBC Radio 1Xtra will also be covering the awards starting on Monday 6 December.

Kanya King, ounder and CEO of MOBO Group, said: “In 2020, we proudly did the unthinkable by producing an awards show amid a global pandemic, which was no easy feat. This year, we are delighted to be returning to a live format in the incredible city of Coventry.

“Over the past 24 years, the MOBO Awards has set a precedent for delivering memorable moments and iconic performances, and this year’s ceremony will be no different. I can say for certain that the MOBO Awards on the 5th December is going to be the most significant event in UK Black culture this year. Stay tuned for announcements on the amazing live acts we are lining up as we have some very special performances up our sleeves.”

Cllr George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the host city for the MOBO Awards as we feel Coventry is the perfect venue to welcome the UK’s biggest celebration of Black music and culture. As a proud and modern multi-cultural city and one that has an excellent national reputation for successfully hosting major events, I’m sure the MOBO Awards will be another great success, and great that it’s the first time they’ve been held in the Midlands too. Given the pride and our ambition that goes with the title of being UK City of Culture 2021, this partnership with MOBO and the Coventry Building Society Arena is yet another example of how Coventry is matching its ambition of being a major player in the country.”

Stephen Vaughan, CEO of Wasps Group, owners of the Coventry Building Society Arena, said: “To attract  the MOBO Awards to the Coventry Building Society Arena is a massive feather in the cap for us and for Coventry and Warwickshire in what is already a fantastic 12 months as UK City of Culture. We have hosted acts and bands from around the world, but to hold such a major event which celebrates the diversity and talent in the British music scene is very special indeed and we cannot wait for December 5.”

The MOBO Organisation has also launched MOBO UnSung 2021, its emerging talent competition with new support from Marshall and PRS Foundation. This year’s competition is now open for entrants at mobo.com/unsung .

General admission tickets will go on sale on Friday 29 October via the CBS Arena website.

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