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Last week I was lucky enough to have been invited by Freya along to the MOBO Awards show in Glasgow, Scotland. My first thoughts were: ‘Crumbs, what am I going to wear?!’ and ‘How am I going to contain myself amongst all the celebs? It was a tough job but somebody had to do it and I had one of the most amazing star-studded and bass-fuelled nights of my life! I arrived in Bristol to catch my flight on Tuesday 4th and after some panic dress and clutch bag buying boarded my plane, full to the brim with nerves and dreading the inevitable delay or terrible even curse which seems to haunt me when I’m due someplace important at a certain time which leads to nothing but shredded nerves and smudged nail varnish (but that’s another story!) Amazingly, nothing dreadful or unfortunate happened on my travels to Glasgow (other than perhaps embarrassing myself when I got really excited by a man wearing a kilt in the airport *cringe*) and I found I had a few hours to do a bit more panic shopping in Glasgow city centre, paint my nails and watch the Alan Titchmarsh show in my hotel room. Nerves and excitement aside, I teetered on my stilettos to the SECC Arena in Glasgow, retrieved my press pass and hall ticket and marched past all the screaming fans to the red carpet area to get my Tweet on for Freya. It was amazing to be a part of the red carpet especially on the press side of the fence as it was amazing to see some of the techniques journalists use to get a great shot, recording or video – and believe me they were a very ruthless and even rude at times! Beware the journalist who ‘suggests’ you a better spot to stand would be about 3 metres further down the barrier as I’d ‘get a better view’… yeah right! Eager to see some of the celebs I got up close and personal with on the red carpet? check my photo-blog from earlier this week.Live acts performed between nominations with huge production and choreography, impressive live vocals and dance routines. The tension could have been cut with a knife the seconds before an award winner’s name was announced, and the winners are as follows:
- Best UK Act in association with Capital FM: Jessie J
- Best Newcomer in association with Lebara Mobile – voted for by Facebook: Jessie J
- Best UK Hip Hop/Grime Act: Tinie Tempah
- Best Video: Tinchy Stryder & Dappy ‘Spaceship’
- Best International Act: Rihanna
- Best Song In association with PRS for Music: Jessie J – ‘Do It Like A Dude’
- Best Album: Jessie J – Who You Are
- Best UK R&B/Soul Act: Adele
- Best Reggae: Alborosie
- Best Jazz Act: Kairos 4tet
- Best African Act: Wizkid
- Best Gospel Act: Triple O
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Boyz II Men
Multiple award-winning Jessie J opened the show with a blinding performance but alas none of my photos came out well. Sod’s law!
Jason Derulo busts a groove
JLS introduce Boyz II Men
Alexis Jordan performs ‘Happiness’
Dappy performs his recent #1 single
One of the great highlights of the night was Dionne Bromfield’s amazing and emotional tribute solo to godmother Amy Winehouse – a tear jerker indeed. The second best highlight was without a doubt the lads on their roller skates presenting the award results to the presenters. So why were Freya at the MOBO awards I hear you cry? To find some new fans backstage in their amazing booth, giving fitting sessions and goodie bags to the stars, including lady of the night Jessie J!
Freya fan heaven!
We’re glad to see Boyz II Men enjoyed their goodie bag
Thanks so much to Freya for inviting me to this incredible event and thanks to my shoes for (just about) lasting through the after show party!