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BET has announced that it will broadcast a MOBO Awards Special in Africa, France and UK.

BET is proud to announce that they will air a one-hour highlights show of the prestigious 22nd annual MOBO Awards. Produced by AVANTI Media, the world-renowned awards show celebrating the best in urban music, will broadcast for the first time on BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday, 23 December at 20:00 CAT. Also available on DStv Now. 

The awards took place at First Direct Arena in Leeds, UK, and provided an electrifying evening of live performances and appearances from top artists and entertainers. Performers included afrobeats superstar Davido, who recently walked away with the Best African Act award and was a co-winner of the Worldwide Act award at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards held in London last month. Billboard’s #1 US star Cardi B, who received 5 wins at the BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2017 in October, Hip Hop titans Krept & Konan, man of the moment Stormzy, hotly tipped rising rap star Stefflon Don also took to the stage to enthral concert goers.

Kanya King, MOBO Founder and CEO, commented: “We are excited to partner with BET to broadcast this year’s MOBO Awards. This year was an exciting show befitting of the outstanding talent and music we have seen in the past year. It is a very exciting and significant time for black music, and we produced a really special evening of celebrating this cultural movement.”

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International said: “As a brand that celebrates Black excellence in music, entertainment, news and culture, BET International is thrilled to partner with the MOBO organization to broadcast this year’s award show.  We recognize the contribution the show has played in elevating many UK and International Artists and their music and we look forward to a continued partnership."

AVANTI Media is widely-respected for delivering successful large scale outside broadcasts, entertainment and music events for national and international broadcasters. This is their first year producing the MOBOs.
CEO and Executive Producer, Emyr Afan, said: “Staging and televising the MOBOs has been a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase some incredible talent. The City of Leeds was a fantastic home for the show – it definitely is a great night to remember.”

With diversity at its heart, The MOBO Organisation was established in 1996 to champion and elevate the urban music genres in the mainstream music industry. Since its inception, MOBO has consistently offered opportunities and mass media platforms to countless artists in the broadest range of genres including R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae, Grime and African music.

Following their electrifying TV debut performance on this year’s MOBO Awards, B Positive Choir are proud to announce the release of their first single Rise Up, their rendition of the hugely inspiring Andra Day original. With lead vocals by the MOBO winning Gospel Sensation, Lurine Cato, the release of the single aims to encourage more people to "Rise Up" and be counted as blood donors.

B Positive, a 60-strong choir of individuals from across England, who live with Sickle Cell disease, along with their families, friends and supporters, are harnessing the power of music to motivate a new generation to become blood donors. The choir was formed in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant with the mission to highlight the urgent need for new donors in order to help those who require frequent blood transfusions, including those with Sickle Cell disease.

BET in Africa is the home of great entertainment for lovers of urban culture and aims to reflect, respect and elevate all that inspires audiences while the brand remains fun, bold and entertaining.

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