Guvna B became the first artist from the UK to win the Best Gospel Category twice at the MOBO awards after winning the prize for the second time last night.
The East London rapper picked up the gong at the Pre-MOBO Awards at Cadogan Hall in the capital. In what was the toughest gospel category in MOBO history, Guvna beat competition from Andrew Bello, S.O., Sarah Teibo, and Volney Morgan & New-Ye.
Guvna B is only the second artist in history in win the prize twice, after Mary Mary won the same category in consecutive years in 2000 and 2001. Other prizes given out on the night were Shakka winning Best R&B/Soul act, Esperanza Spalding winning Best Jazz, Wiz Kid wining Best African and Alika winning the MOBO Unsung award.
In a night of fantastic performances, the two gospel artists on stage were standouts. First of the two were Volney Morgan and New-Ye. They were as animated as usual and got the entire crowd involved in the performance of their latest track After All.
Later in the night saw the newly crowned Best Gospel artist Guvna B take to the stage. His performance of Nothing But the Blood was one we won’t forget any time soon. Backed by a live band with two amazing backing singers who started to sing the original version of the song, the scene was set by the time Guvna himself walked on.
A lot of the well respected artists we spoke to before the show told us how much they were feeling Guvna B. With performances like what we saw last night, it’s clear to see why he’s getting so much mainstream attention. Nothing But the Blood was a fantastic choice of song for the evening.
Although it’s Guvna B’s name that will go down in the history books, in truth UK Gospel music won at this year’s awards. The field was very strong and the panel got the selection spot on.
Congrats to the winners.