October 16, 2008

Estelle, Leona Win Big at Mobos

British recording artists Estelle and Leona Lewis were the big winners at the Music of Black Origin Awards presentation in London this week.

Lewis' "Spirit" was named best album and "Bleeding Love" won the prize for best video, The Times of London said.

Estelle's "American Boy" featuring Kanye West nabbed her the awards for best U.K. female performer and best song. Dizzee Rascal was voted best U.K. male artist.

Estelle had been nominated for this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize for her album "Shine," but was beat out for the honor by Elbow.

U.S. singer Chris Brown won the award for best R&B/soul artist, while his fellow countryman Lil' Wayne won the equivalent in the hip-hop category.

"I'm proud to say we are flying the flag with no less than 38 British artists up for a Mobo award," The Times quoted Kanya King, the founder and CEO of Mobo, as telling the audience at Wembley Arena. "That's 51 percent of all Mobo nominees. What an incredible achievement that is and it reflects the dominance of British artists on both sides of the Atlantic."