Thursday, October 7, 1999 Published at 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Beverley's Mobo night to remember
Beverley Knight: Gained acclaim for her album Prodigal Sista
Soul singer Beverley Knight has triumphed in the 1999 Music of Black Origin awards, winning best album and best R 'n' B artist.
Knight, 25, from Wolverhampton, has established herself with hits such as Made It Back and The Greatest Day, and gained critical acclaim for her latest album, Prodigal Sista.
Veteran star Tina Turner - who is 60 next month - was among those performing at the event at London's Royal Albert Hall.
She was given a lifetime achievement award by Lionel Ritchie, who called her "a very classic lady. She's simply the best".
Turner told the cheering crowd: "Black music has finally been recognised. I've been in the business since 1960 and to my knowledge black music has never been rewarded in this way."
Accepting her best album award, Knight said: "Wow. I look around here and I am seeing a lot of United States visitors tonight, and it's wonderful to see you.
"I would like the UK record companies to notice and see that they could have the same calibre of artists if they would just believe in UK talent."
Kele Le Roc was also a double winner, scooping the best newcomer award as well as best single for My Love.
Radio 1 winner
BBC Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson won in the best DJ category, beating colleague Tim Westwood - who was shot in London earlier this year. R 'n' B specialist Nelson is seen as one of the station's rising stars, and also has his own show on MTV in the UK.
Another award went to drum 'n' bass DJ Grooverider - who also appears on Radio 1.
The awards were founded in 1995 by jazz and soul singer Kanya King, who wanted to see an award ceremony for black-inspired genres that would be the equal of the Brit Awards.
Prize presenters included Jerry Springer, Lulu, Chris Eubank, Eternal and Spice Girl Victoria Adams, who joked: "I have left my baby at home, and he's babysitting Brooklyn."
The quip was about husband David Beckham - but the Manchester United footballer was in the audience.
The Mobos will be televised on Channel 4 on Thursday evening at 2230 BST.
The main 1999 Mobo winners included:
TV and Radio