Ria Red Carpet MOBO

Photo by Nick Redman

A year ago, I set myself the goal of presenting on the red carpet at the 20th Annual MOBO Awards as I have always believed in the MOBO’s and this has always been a career goal for me. And so, I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it is to be able to write this and share these moments with you!

On Wednesday 4th October, this goal came true as I traveled up to West Yorkshire (my hometown!!) to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the MOBO’s at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

And what a wicked night it was! As the official red carpet presenter for MOBO TV, I had an absolute blast chatting to Stormzy, Krept & Konan, Lethal Bizzle and newcomers; Bonkaz and the Section Boyz who are all doing BIG things on the music scene for UK Grime and Hip Hop.

And with the New Year just around the corner, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new music from the ladies too, as songstresses; Ella Eyre, Lianne La Havas and Sinead Harnett are all on a mission, with UK tours and new albums planned for 2016. Exciting times ahead!

Watch all of my red carpet interviews here:

And here are some of backstage interviews with the winners!

For the first time, so many Grime artists have been celebrated for their art! A genre that doesn’t usually get the mainstream airplay or acknowledgement it deserves but this year, times are changing.

And when you stop to think about it, it’s incredible how far the MOBO’s have come from what initially started as an idea by founder, Kanya King. A simple idea to showcase and champion the unsung talent in the British music industry that is often overlooked by the mainstream industry award shows.

What a journey it has been! Remember, if you can Dream It, You CAN do it!