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MOBO Awards hosts and first performers confirmed for next month's ceremony

Babatúndé Aléshé and Indiyah Polack hosting the 2024 MOBO Awards credit:Bang Showbiz
Babatúndé Aléshé and Indiyah Polack hosting the 2024 MOBO Awards credit:Bang Showbiz

Babatúndé Aléshé and Indiyah Polack are hosting this year's MOBO Awards.

The comedian and presenter are teaming up for the annual ceremony - which celebrates excellence in Black music - when it comes to Sheffield's Utilita Arena on February 7, and they're thrilled to be getting involved.

Babatúndé said: "This is just massive and I am so honoured. The MOBO Awards are something you grow up watching and now to be able to say I’m a part of it… it’s an amazing feeling.

"Indiyah and I are gonna bring some VIBES!”

And Indiyah added: "Having watched the MOBO Awards since I was young, then getting to present an award last year, to now hosting the show with Babatúndé… this is like the hugest job ever, and I’m excited!

"There are so many artists I listen to that have been nominated as well, so it’s going to be a real ‘pinch me’ moment on the night.”

MOBO founder Kanya King commented: "We are thrilled to announce Babatúndé Aléshé and Indiyah Polack as the charismatic hosts for the 26th MOBO Awards.

"They share such energy and chemistry, as I saw for myself when we met, and it will be a dynamic combination for the vibrant and spectacular awards show.

"I know they will pull out all the stops on the night!"

The first performers have been announced for next month's event too, with DJ Spoony, Bryan Messia and Soul II Soul all confirmed.

Kanya promised DJ Spoony will be celebrating 30 years of UK Garage with "some special surprises", while Soul II Soul - who are receiving the MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award this year - will treat the audience to "their timeless sound", with dancehall artist Byron Messia rounding off the first lineup announcement.

The awards founder added: "Some more great names in the pipeline… watch this space!

"It will be a historic night where music, culture, and outstanding talent converge at the MOBO Awards – a celebration not to be missed!"