Singer fails to turn up to collect her gongs


Leona Lewis has been criticised for shunning the MOBO Awards.

The singer, 23, won Best Album for Spirit and Best Video for Bleeding Love at the exclusive event at London’s Wembley Arena last night.

But she failed to show up – leaving a video message thanking her fans.

The crowds, who were expecting to see her, reacted angrily, booing her on screen.

‘Stop giving Leona Lewis a hard time you lot,’ host Mel B told the audience. ‘It’s not her fault she can’t be here.’

Other winners include Estelle, 28 – who scooped 2 awards for Best UK Female and Best Song for American Boy.

Dizzee Rascal, 22, won Best UK Male and Chris Brown, 19, scooped Best International Act and Best R&B/Soul.

Full list of ‘Best’ winners at the Mobo Awards 2008

UK Female – Estelle

UK Male – Dizzee Rascal

UK Newcomer – Chipmunk

International Act – Chris Brown

Reggae – Mavado

Jazz – Yolanda Brown

Gospel – Jahaziel

African Act – 9ice

Song – American Boy by Estelle

R&B/Soul – Chris Brown

Hip Hop – Lil Wayne

Video – Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis

Album – Spirit by Leona Lewis

Radio DJ – Trevor Nelson

Club DJ – Tim Westwood

Lifetime Achievement – Motown

BeMOBO – Ricky McCalla


Alison Adey