Mahalia and Nines win big at MOBOs 2020

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After a two-year break, the MOBO Awards have returned with a socially-distant show.

The ceremony was hosted by Maya Jama and Chunkz and broadcast on YouTube.

Mahalia and Nines both won two awards, with Mahalia taking home Best R&B/Soul and Best Female and Nines winning Best Album and Best Hip Hop act.

For a lot of artists, the pandemic was a chance to get creative. Mahalia released her EP Isolation Tapes in May, made up of songs she previously hadn’t found time to finish. “If isolation hadn’t happened, I might never have seen those songs again,” she says.

Although it’s been a “confusing and stressful” year, Mahalia said ultimately she learned to “be present and full of energy online”.

“I think a lot of us artists in that time realised how important social media platforms are,” she says.

“It’s a gateway to be able to speak to fans. I wasn’t very good at that before so this has been a learning curve for sure.”

Young T and Bugsey agree.

“It made you interact with fans more and people who support you more because you can be connected,” Young T said.