MOBO Awards take a year's break, promising to return with a "bigger, revamped show"
MOBO is now expanding itself to include every piece of art including films, which will further help recognize new and emerging talents who otherwise go unrecognized by media.
MOBO Awards 2018 are officially off the list for this year's award events, as founder Kanya King has revealed in an official statement that the "Music of Black Origin" awards will return in 2019 with a whole new series of initiatives. The awards ceremony was held in 1996 for the first time when Goldie's 'Timeless' was named an album of the year and Lionel Richie won an honorary award.
While the name suggests that the awards ceremony particularly looks into the works of Black musicians, the ceremony has received a lot of criticism in the past for giving prizes to white artists, including Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, and Jessie J. However, MOBO awards has also managed to bring forth urban genres that are otherwise not recognized by mainstream media.
While speaking to Daily Mail, King said, "There was a huge gap in the market - urban genres weren't recognized by the mainstream media, so there was certainly an element of not knowing quite how to market a black artist." However, over the years things have been brighter, and as King stated, "We established our own unique style of music. UK garage, grime, British hip-hop, dance-hall, dubstep: we developed our own genres as opposed to just emulating our American counterparts."
Emerging Artists! Proud to announce that applications are now open for the MOBO @HelpMusiciansUK Fund 🙌🏾— Kanya King CBE (@KanyaKing) September 12, 2018
With thousands of pounds worth of grants available, find out how you can apply here 👉🏾 https://t.co/yu1YqPFVfw #MOBOHelpMusiciansFund pic.twitter.com/aT21j7kZe7
Unfortunately, the awards ceremony will not take place this year, however, it does promise to return with a lot of big changes in order to make the ceremony "bigger and bolder". According to King, MOBO has set out on a more inclusive journey where it will not keep itself limited to music alone, but will also recognize emerging artists in film, television, and other areas of the arts. In this context, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund will expand itself by distributing £40,000 to unsigned, independent musicians. The organization will also launch a film production company whose first project will be a big-screen adaptation of Angie Thomas' best-selling young adult book 'The Hate U Give'.
Aside from bringing in new forms of art, the organization will also continue their work with social causes, which includes encouraging ethnic minorities to donate blood through their initiative B Positive Choir. Speaking about all the new developments, King said, "It has long been our ambition to expand Mobo into new areas of the arts and help more talent succeed so that exceptional talent will not go unnoticed. We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far and we look forward to continuing this journey with you."