Maya Jama and Jourdan Dunn led the glamour at this year’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, held at Exhibition London in Shepherd’s Bush.
Broadcaster Maya, 26 – who fronted the show with YouTube sensation Chunkz, 24 – took centre stage in a chic tassel dress, while model Jourdan, 30, commanded attention in a leopard print gown.
Marking its first ceremony in three years, the socially-distanced event was filmed on Monday and aired on YouTube and BBC One two days later.
Here come the girls: Maya Jama (L) and Jourdan Dunn (R) led the glamour at this year’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, held at Exhibition London in Shepherd’s Bush
The Don’t Hate the Playaz captain turned heads in her stylish number, which featured an asymmetrical bodysuit and a chain-net skirt with a fringed trimming.
Standing tall, the presenter flashed a hint of her white pedicure in ankle-strap heels, while dressing up her appearance with dangle earrings.
The former BBC Radio 1 host ditched her new blonde wig for her naturally brunette tresses, which were worn in a curly low ponytail.
Catwalk queen Jourdan, meanwhile, took a walk on the wild side in an animal print halterneck dress, complete with a low-cut neckline.
All eyes on her: Broadcaster Maya, 26, took centre stage in a chic tassel dress, while model Jourdan, 30, commanded attention in a leopard print gown
Wow-factor: The Don’t Hate the Playaz captain – who fronted the show with YouTube sensation Chunkz (R), 24 turned heads in her stylish number, paired with ankle-strap heels
Working it: Catwalk queen Jourdan, meanwhile, took a walk on the wild side in an animal print halterneck dress, complete with a low-cut neckline
Radiant: With her locks worn in a straight fashion, the Vogue coverstar complemented her out-of-this-world beauty with neutral-toned make-up (joined by Leomie Anderson)
Fashion chameleon: Fellow model Leomie, 27, dared to be bold as she stunned in a nude leotard, which was decorated in leaf patterns to cover her modesty
Impressive: The ladies were accompanied by Best Male Act winner Headie One, who recently released his chart-topping debut studio album, Edna
Beauty: Maya looked nothing short of sensational as she pretended to smooch the award
The MOBO Awards 2020: Winners
BEST MALE ACT
Impressive: Headie One pictured with his trophy
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
NINES – ‘CRABS IN A BUCKET’
BEST AFRICAN ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS) [PUBLIC VOTED]
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
NSG – LUPITA (DIRECTED BY KEVIN HUDSON)
BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Leading the pack: Mahalia took home two prizes
BEST HIP HOP ACT
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]
BEST GOSPEL ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL)
BEST JAZZ ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC)
EGO ELLA MAY
BEST FEMALE ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISAWITFIRST)
SONG OF THE YEAR [PUBLIC VOTED]
YOUNG T & BUGSEY FEAT. HEADIE ONE – DON’T RUSH
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM [PUBLIC VOTED]
MICHEAL WARD AS MARCO – BLUE STORY
BEST ALBUM (2017 – 2019)
ELLA MAI – ELLA MAI
BEST NEWCOMER(IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND) [PUBLIC VOTED]
On cloud nine: Aitch beamed as he scooped the Best Newcomer award
BEST REGGAE ACT
BEST GRIME ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]
BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY [PUBLIC VOTED]
Fan favourite: Host of the evening Chunkz pictured holding his Best Media Personality accolade
With her locks worn in a straight fashion, the Vogue coverstar complemented her out-of-this-world beauty with neutral-toned make-up.
Fellow model Leomie Anderson, 27, dared to be bold as she stunned in a nude leotard, which was decorated in leaf patterns to cover her modesty.
The ladies were also joined by vlogger Chunkz, real name Anim Mohamed, who appeared in great spirits after being awarded the Best Media Personality prize.
Other winners of the night included Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act recipient Mahalia, Best Newcomer Aitch and Young T & Bugsey – whose viral track Don’t Rush scooped them the Song of The Year accolade.
Wow: The mother-of-one effortlessly turned heads in a figure-hugging ensemble
Vibrant: Jourdan ensured all eyes were on her as she posed on the red carpet
Dazzling: Strictly’s Emma Weymouth looked sensational in a blue sequinned slip dress, tied in with silver heels
Beaming: The wife of Ceawlin Thynn, 8th Marquess of Bath, flashed a beaming smile as she hit the red carpet
Stunning: Emma styled her brunette locks into voluminous waves
Vision in white: Zeze Millz (L) went braless underneath a semi-sheer suit, while Loose Women’s Judi Love (R) looked glamorous in a bedazzled dress
The woman of the hour: Created by founder Kanya King (pictured), the MOBO Awards were first held in 1996 and have been broadcast on a variety of channels over the years
All-black: Another winner of the night included Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act recipient Mahalia (L), while model Neelam Gill oozed sex appeal in a LBD with a dramatic train
Hard work pays off: Young T & Bugsey’s viral track Don’t Rush scooped them the Song of The Year accolade
Glamorous: Neelam looked incredible as she added to her outfit with a pair of white strappy heels
Pose: Mahalia donned a black blazer with a strap and matching trousers for the awards
Model: Neelam showcased her lithe physique in the racy garment
Sensational: Tiana Major9 wore a black leather top and matching trousers for her turn on the red carpet
Congratulations: Aitch raised his fist in the air with delight as he held up his Best Newcomer trophy
Dapper: Former EastEnders star Charles Venn (L) and film director Rapman (R) were also in attendance
Achievement: Ego Ella May won the Best Jazz Act
Thrilled: Mahalia posed with her two awards for Best R&B and Soul Act
Award-winning: Producer Jae5 held up his trophy with pride
Masked up: Drillo T (L) and M Huncho (R) both turned heads on the red carpet
Created by founder Kanya King, the MOBO Awards were first held in 1996 and have been broadcast on a variety of channels over the years including BBC One, ITV2 and Channel 5.
In 2018, the MOBO Organisation announced the ceremony would take a one-year hiatus, before producers revealed they were planning to hold a ‘bigger, revamped show’ this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The show returned to BBC One this year and aired at 10:45pm, after the ceremony was live streamed on YouTube earlier in the evening.
Raising the roof: The show’s presenters put on an energetic ceremony for their viewers
Versatile: Social media star Maya, who just launched her new skincare brand Mij Masks, later switched into a busty ensemble
In good company: The dynamic duo, who are both of Somali heritage, couldn’t contain their happiness as they presented together
Maya said of the MOBOs: ‘It’s so important. ‘For a long time they were the only award show in the UK that was celebrating and championing black culture’
Fun: Maya and Chunkz were clearly in good spirits as they hosted the show
Work it: The Victoria’s Secret star oozed glamour with a pair of black barely-there heeled sandals and a collection of dazzling silver jewellery, which included a statement earring
Gorgeous: Leomie styled her brunette locks into a sleek sweptback straightened hairdo and she added a slick of glamorous make-up to enhance her beauty
In the zone: Greenford native Jordan looked pensive as she presented an award
Having fun: The ladies put on kooky displays as they joined forces at the ceremony
Show: Kojey Radical took to the stage during the awards ceremony
On the significance of representing black culture in the music industry, TV and radio star Maya said on Tuesday’s edition of The One Show: ‘It’s so important.
‘For a long time they were the only award show in the UK that was celebrating and championing black culture.
‘MOBOs have been doing that for the longest. I think it’s more important than ever for them to be back.
‘We’ve had such a horrible year and so many sad things going on, it’s nice to have something that celebrates the positives.’
Stage: Headie One (L) and Stylo G (R) were among the performers on the night
Suave: The rapper sported a black printed jacket along with black trousers and matching boots
Strong message: London-based artist Kojey performed a track which referenced the powerful Black Lives Matter movement
Animated: Stylo G was surrounded by a series of dancers as he hit the stage
Hiatus: In 2018, the MOBO Organisation announced the ceremony would take a one-year hiatus, before producers revealed they were planning to hold a ‘revamped show’ this year
Passionate: Tiana Major9 displayed her powerhouse vocals as she performed her latest track
Wow: The belter slipped into a jumpsuit with a tassel detail on the legs
Outfit: Tiana also wore a translucent pink coat and white gloves during her performance