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Double awards win for Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Winehouse lost out in Mobo races for best song, video and R&B act

Soul singer Amy Winehouse has been named female artist of the year at two music award ceremonies in London.

The star collected her trophy at the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards at the O2 arena, where she performed two songs from her album Back to Black.

And she sent the landlord of her local pub to accept her prize at the Vodafone Live Music Awards at Earls Court.

Also at the Mobos, rapper Dizzee Rascal was named best male act, while Kanye West and Ne-Yo each won two awards.

West's video Stronger received the honour of best video of the past 12 months, and he was also best hip-hop act, although he was not at the show to collect his trophies.

Because of You by Ne-Yo was considered best song, and the American was named top R&B artist.

Ne-Yo was best R&B act, while his hit Because of You was top song
Rihanna, who was not at the show, was best international artist, and the DJ of the year award went to BBC Radio 1's Tim Westwood.

Winehouse, who sang Tears Dry On Their Own plus Me And Mr Jones, looked surprised when her name was announced as winner of top female artist.

Chewing gum, she said "thank you" twice before handing back the microphone and leaving the stage.

Awards for concerts

Over at the Vodafone Awards, Mika was named best male artist, while reunited group The Police took the prize for best live return.

Sting and Andy Summers
The Police had the best live return, according to the Vodafone Awards
Kylie Minogue's Showgirl tour was judged to have been the best production of the year, and The Gossip collected an award for having the most impact.

The winners of the Mercury Music Prize, Klaxons, were best breakthrough act.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles oversaw the ceremony, which had The Killers as top live act, while Muse were judged to have had the tour of the year.

A lifetime achievement also went to rocker Iggy Pop.

But most of the big winners stayed away from the event. Accepting an award on behalf of Oasis, Moyles joked: "They're not here, they'll be at the Mobos."

Gun crime

The Mobos ceremony also saw UK hip-hop trio N Dubz named best newcomers.

Sean Kingston was best reggae act, with the gospel award going to G-Force.

Jamelia and Shaggy
The Mobos ceremony was presented by Jamelia and Shaggy
The jazz category recognised saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

And the best African act were 2face Idibia from Nigeria, who dropped their award on the stage, looking on in horror as it smashed.

The only non-music prize at the event, the BeMOBO Award, went to the London-based From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, which aims to provide black children with role-models.

Kanya King, the CEO of the Mobo Awards, read out the names of all of the children under the age of 16 who had been murdered in the UK this year.

"Guns and knives have killed too many of our young people, especially our boys," she told the hushed audience.

MOBO winners perform at the ceremony

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