Winehouse named best female twice in one night
- 21 September 2007
Amy Winehouse has been crowned best female artist of the year at the Mobo Awards and the Vodafone Live Music Awards.
She sent the landlord of her local pub to pick up the Vodafone award.
The 24-year-old, who has recently hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, collected her Mobo award in person, performing two songs from her album Back to Black.
The win might appease the singer’s supporters - who had voiced criticism over her Mercury Music Prize snub, in which the Klaxons scooped the best album accolade.
Unfortunately Winehouse’s performance at the Mobos failed to match her strong presence at the Mercury Awards, with her rendition of ‘Me and Mr Jones’ and ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ described as distracted and lacklustre.
She sent the landlord of her local boozer in Camden, The Hawley Arms, to collect the best female performer gong at the Vodaphone awards, who told the audience: “We’ll be putting it behind the bar.”
At the Mobos, Dizzee Rascal was named best male act. Kanye West took the best video award for Stronger, with another for best hip hop act. West, riding high after trouncing 50 Cent in a chart battle, was not at the ceremony to collect his trophies.
The event also saw the non-music award, the BeMOBO award, go to the From Boyhood to Manhood Foundation, a group set up to provide black children with role models. Collecting the gong, leader of the group Decima Francis told musicians to clean up their act in the depiction of women.
“If you can’t read… Get a dictionary,” she said.
“Don’t call us names. We’ve given birth to you, we carried you for nine months and went to the hospital with no guarantee that we were coming out alive.”
Chief executive of the Mobo Awards, Kanya King, also read out the names of all the children under 16 murdered in the UK this year.
She said: “Guns and knives have killed too many of our young people, especially our boys.”