Shaggy opened this year's Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards at London's O2 arena with a medley of his hits.
Shaggy, co-hosting with Jamelia, told the crowd several times that organisers almost forgot to get his work visa.
Amy Winehouse performed two songs and was named best UK female, but she missed out on three other awards.
Former boxer Frank Bruno was cheered on by fans as he took to the stage to present the award for top international artist.
Simon Webbe - sporting the most colourful facial hair of the night - announced that Kanye West had taken best video.
Film director Quentin Tarantino was one of those handing out awards, giving the prize for best song to Ne-Yo.
Ne-Yo not only took best song for his hit Because of You but was also named R&B act of the year at the Mobo Awards.
Ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena admitted she was "really nervous" about performing two of her songs for the audience.
Craig David and Kano sang at a show which saw Sean Kingston named top reggae act and Tim Westwood best DJ.
The twins from the last series of Big Brother - Amanda and Sam Marchant - were also among the guests at the event.