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MOBO Awards, Vodafone Awards and Amy Winehouse

20th September 2007

Soul singer Amy Winehouse has been named female artist of the year at two music award ceremonies in London.  The star collected her trophy at the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards at the O2 arena, where she performed two songs from her album Back to Black.

Also at the Mobos, rapper Dizzee Rascal was named best male act, while Kanye West and Ne-Yo each won two awards.

Over at the Vodafone Awards, Mika was named best male artist, while reunited group The Police took the prize for best live return.  The Police had the best live return, according to the Vodafone Awards Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour was judged to have been the best production of the year, and The Gossip collected an award for having the most impact.

The winners of the Mercury Music Prize, Klaxons, were best breakthrough act.  BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles oversaw the ceremony, which had The Killers as top live act, while Muse were judged to have had the tour of the year.   A lifetime achievement also went to rocker Iggy Pop.

The Mobos ceremony also saw UK hip-hop trio N Dubz named best newcomers. Sean Kingston was best reggae act, with the gospel award going to G-Force.  The Mobos ceremony was presented by Jamelia and Shaggy.  The jazz category recognised saxophonist Soweto Kinch.   And the best African act were 2face Idibia from Nigeria, who dropped their award on the stage, looking on in horror as it smashed.

The only non-music prize at the event, the BeMOBO Award, went to the London-based From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, which aims to provide black children with role-models.

Kanya King, the CEO of the Mobo Awards, read out the names of all of the children under the age of 16 who had been murdered in the UK this year.

"Guns and knives have killed too many of our young people, especially our boys," she told the hushed audience.

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