Top Four most memorable MOBO moments

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Following on from the exciting news that Leeds is to play host to this year’s Music of a Black Origin Awards, we look at the five biggest moments the awards have given us.

The awards are coming to the First Direct Arena on November 4.

MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Kingslee 'Akala' Daley.

MOBO award winning hip-hop artist Kingslee 'Akala' Daley.

1) 2011 - Amy Winehouse given a posthumous award.

The world was still reeling from the death of the iconic singer in July. Organisers arranged for a special tribute to the fallen jazz singer, presenting her with a special award and running a touching tribute to her incredible career.

There was also successes for Rhianna and Adele, plus an Outstanding Contribution Award for soul group BoyzIIMen.

2) 2004 - Elephant Man removed from the nominees.

Beyonce

Beyonce

Judges took a controversial step when they removed the Jamaican artist Elephant Man from the awards’ list of nominations. The organisers had faced flack over the singers lyrics which often promoted violence against homosexuals. The singer was deselected from the Best Reggae Artist category.

3) 2006 - Akala beats the big boys.

In 2006 50 Cent, The Game and Kanye West were the biggest artists on the planet, selling millions upon millions of records and packing out arenas. However UK rapper Akala beat them all to be crowned Best HipHop artist.

The rapper is now known as one of the most articulate and intelligent spokesmen on youth and race issues in the country but on this particular night it was his music that took the plaudits.

4) 2009 - Beyonce sweeps the board.

Beyonce has been one of the biggest stars in the world for more than a decade but one of her finest hours came in 2009 when she was named Best Artist and Single Ladies (put a ring on it).

There was also a touching tribute and special award for Michael Jackson who had died that summer.

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