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Glasgow to host next Mobo awards


Glasgow is the first city outside London to host the Mobo Awards

Scotland will host this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards for the first time.

Singer Lemar and X Factor stars JLS made the announcement at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre where the event will take place.

Lemar, who shot to stardom after appearing in the BBC talent show Fame Academy, said this year's ceremony would be an "outstanding event".

The last 13 shows have always taken place in London.

"Bringing the Mobo Awards here to Glasgow, a city with such a strong and vibrant music scene, is the perfect fit," said Lemar.

"I love touring in the UK and the welcome I receive when I come to Scotland is incredible."

Lemar has performed twice at the Mobo Awards

Lemar has previously performed at the event twice and said both times have been a "highlight" in his career.

JLS are currently supporting Lemar on his UK tour.

Marvin Humes of the band said: "Supporting urban music talent is vital to the industry and the Mobo Awards does an outstanding job of nurturing new talent and recognising the icons of music which inspire artists today."

Founder of the awards, Kanya King said: "Throughout Mobo's history we have prided ourselves on finding innovative ways to bring Mobo music and stellar artist performances to our audience.

"This year we are making another unprecedented move by bringing the awards to Scotland."

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