Five Leeds stars who have history with the MOBO Awards

Corinne Bailey Rae performing at Jumbo Records in Leeds.
Corinne Bailey Rae performing at Jumbo Records in Leeds.
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For the first time in their history the MOBO Awards are coming to Leeds tonight - but did you know the city and the annual awards have some shared history?

The 20th annual MOBOs will see stars including Rita Ora, Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Lianne La Havas and CeeLo Green take the stage to perform at the First Direct Arena tonight.

Mel B performing with the Spice Girls.

Mel B performing with the Spice Girls.

The sold out event, which will be broadcast live on ITV2 at 8pm, will see more than 10,000 people descend on the city.

Ahead of the show we've gone back through the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) archives and dug out a few links to Leeds as the city prepares to make its mark on the ceremony.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Songstress Corinne Bailey Rae is the Leeds artist who is most decorated by the MOBO Awards. In 2006 the Hyde Park-born singer-songwriter won both Best UK Female and Best UK Newcomer following the release of her self-titled debut album. Bailey Rae was also nominated in the 2008 and 2010 MOBOs, when she returned to present an award herself.



Micah Richards

He's certainly no musician, but former Chapeltown resident Micah Richards helped to present an individual award at the 2008 MOBO Awards having broken into professional football at Manchester City. Richards, who played for the Leeds United youth team in his formative years, still has family in north Leeds.

Mel B

Her Spice Girls exploits might not have been recognised by the MOBOs but Mel B was centre stage at the 1998 and 2008 awards as one of the ceremony's presenters. The star, who was born in Harehills and grew up in Burley as Melanie Brown, presented her first awards with US comedian Bill Bellamy and also performed on the night. A decade later she presented the televised ceremony with Run DMC's Rev Run at Wembley Arena.


Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden have enjoyed a remarkable career trajectory through drum and bass outfit Rudimental since meeting as students at Leeds Metropolitan University. With fellow songwriters and producers Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith, they burst on to the scene at the MOBO Awards in 2013, stealing the show with a live performance and taking home the Best Album gong for their release 'Home'.

John Newman

Just three years after studing a BTEC in pop music at Leeds College of Music, Settle-born singer John Newman attended the 2013 MOBO Awards. The Yorkshireman was not up for an award but gave lauded vocals on Rudimental tracks 'Feel the Love' and 'Not Giving In', which helped the band secure the Best Album gong that year. He made his solo debut in 2014 and was nominated for three Brit Awards for his efforts.