The urban music and culture ceremony turns 21 at the SSE Hydro

The 21st MOBO Awards will be held in Glasgow in November. In 2013, it was the first awards ceremony and live multi-artist show to be held at the newly opened SSE Hydro. Since then the venue has gone on to become the world’s third busiest arena in terms of ticket sales.

Founder Kanya King said: “MOBO turning 21 is a huge achievement and a special time for us. Celebrating this in Glasgow, which has become our second home is an absolute joy. The MOBO Awards have changed the music industry and helped represent a diverse range of music that is now the heartbeat of youth culture.”

Previous shows have featured Rihanna, Grace Jones, John Legend, Sam Smith, Destiny’s Child and Scots-born Emeli Sandé.

Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s director of events, said: “We are delighted that the awards are set to return to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in this very special year and know that music lovers from across the city and around Scotland will turn out in force to celebrate the very best in British urban music.

“The EventScotland team will be working closely with partners at MOBO and

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau ahead of November 4 to ensure another night to remember at the SSE Hydro, one of the world’s finest venues for live music.

“MOBO will be announcing an exciting line-up of renowned artists over the coming weeks who are sure to create a magnificent spectacle, once again proving that Scotland is the perfect stage for major events.”

It will be the fourth time that the awards have been held in Glasgow. Joe Aitken, head of events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: “Since 2009, Glasgow has been the home of the MOBOs and during that time audiences have witnessed some outstanding and memorable performances.

“This year promises to be yet another stand-out as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the awards at the iconic SSE Hydro.”