The MOBO Awards return with live show and ceremony

The MOBO Awards have announced their 2021 show, which will be a live event for the first time since 2017.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 28 Oct 2021
  • min read

The MOBO Awards, the UK’s biggest celebration of Black music and culture, have announced that the live show and awards ceremony will be returning in December. 

The awards will take place in Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture, on 5 December 2021 at Coventry Building Society Arena. 

Following last year’s livestream show, the event will mark the return to the MOBO’s live show format which has previously seen performances from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Stormzy, Emily Sandé and FKA Twigs. This year’s nominees, performers and hosts are yet to be announced.  

The ceremony itself will be live-streamed on YouTube on 5 December, while BBC One will broadcast a special behind-the-scenes show around the event. 

Kanya King CBE, founder and chief executive, MOBO Group, said: ‘In 2020, we proudly did the unthinkable by producing an awards show amid a global pandemic, which was no easy feat. This year, we are delighted to be returning to a live format in the incredible city of Coventry. Over the past 24 years, the MOBO Awards has set a precedent for delivering memorable moments and iconic performances, and this year’s ceremony will be no different. I can say for certain that the MOBO Awards on 5 December is going to be the most significant event in UK Black culture this year.’ 

Councillor George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be the host city for the MOBO Awards as we feel Coventry is the perfect venue to welcome the UK’s biggest celebration of Black music and culture. As a proud and modern multi-cultural city and one that has an excellent national reputation for successfully hosting major events, I’m sure the MOBO Awards will be another great success, and great that it’s the first time they’ve been held in the Midlands too.’ 

Dan Chalmers, director,YouTube Music EMEA, said: ‘This is the second year the MOBO Awards will be available to watch live by a global audience. Last year was such a success, we saw viewers tune in both live from around the globe and on demand afterwards, and we expect this year the viewership to grow exponentially. We want to make MOBO Awards the global calendar moment it should be.’  

General admission tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday 29 October via the CBS Arena website.