MOBOs to return with first live show since 2017

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The MOBO awards have announced their 2021 show, which will be a live event for the first time since 2017.

The awards, which have celebrated music of black origin since 1996, will take place in Coventry on 5 December, and fans will be able to attend in person.

Like many other events, MOBOs took place online last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year's socially-distant show saw Mahalia and Nines winning two awards each.

Organiser Kanya King says the awards will be "the most significant event in UK Black culture this year".

"In 2020, we proudly did the unthinkable by producing an awards show amid a global pandemic, which was no easy feat."

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Image caption, Mahalia won Best R&B/Soul and Best Female last year

The 2020 awards saw Mahalia taking home Best R&B/Soul and Best Female and Nines winning Best Album and Best Hip Hop act.

Aitch picked up Best Newcomer with Young T and Bugsey awarded Best Song for Don't Rush.

Previous winners also include Stormzy - who won three awards in 2017, and Kano, who won best album in 2016.

Other names honoured in recent events include Krept & Konan, Nicola Adams, Skepta, Lenny Henry, Ms. Dynamite and Sam Smith.

When will it be on?

The ceremony will take place on Sunday 5 December at Coventry Building Society Arena.

It will be live-streamed on YouTube, with BBC One broadcasting a behind-the-scenes show with interviews and performances.

BBC Radio 1Xtra will also be covering the awards, with DJ Target's weekday shows bringing performances and interviews with this year's nominees and winners.

The performers, hosts and nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays - or listen back here.

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