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Leeds Beckett supports the 2017 MOBO awards


The MOBO awards is one of the biggest nights in international music – and Leeds Beckett will support the event with over 100 students playing a part in putting this year’s star-studded ceremony together.

Kanya King

The annual awards night is returning to Leeds’s first direct Arena on 29 November, with 130 students from the University working across a variety of roles to ensure the event runs smoothly.

The MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards recognises artists who have had an impact and influence in the music community and was founded by Leeds Beckett honorary graduate Kanya King (pictured top).

Chantal Dickson, Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Leeds Beckett, said: “We are the only university to be officially involved with this year’s MOBOs and we were delighted when they approached the university to take part.

“The awards get bigger and better every year, and it is a fantastic opportunity for Leeds Beckett students to gain valuable experience in an event of this size and calibre.

“We are extremely proud to be a supporter of the MOBOs and hope this collaboration continues when the awards next return to Leeds.”

Stormzy at the MOBO awards 2015

The University has had a long-standing connection with the MOBO awards, which is now in its 22nd year.

Past winners and nominees stem from the Leeds Beckett alumni community, including Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden – better known as two of the members of Rudimental – who won the 2013 Best Album award.

Speaking about the Leeds Beckett students’ involvement, MOBO founder and Chief Executive Kanya King said: “You really learn from just getting involved and I think the great thing about multi-artist shows is there are a lot of things going on, there are a lot of stakeholders and a lot of partners, and I think by being in the midst of it all it’s just a great learning ground.”

Around 15 students from the University also provided support for Kanya and her team when the MOBO awards were last in Leeds in 2015.

First Direct Arena

This year, 30 Events Management, Tourism and Broadcast Media Technology students will be working in the talent and guest presenting team, working as show runners and in VIP stewarding, and helping the social media and communications team.

There will also be 100 Leeds Beckett students from across the University in the ‘Golden Circle’ casted audience.

Performers on the night include Cardi B – who is going to be making her debut UK awards show performance. British Grime artist Stormzy leads the 2017 MOBO award nominations, with five nominations in total for Best Male, Best Grime Act, Best Album, Best Song and Best Video.

The School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett offers high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education, taught by award-winning academic staff. 

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