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Jamelia Wins Three Prizes at MOBO Awards

Urban music star Jamelia was crowned queen of the ninth annual MOBO Awards when she scooped three prizes.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Urban music star Jamelia was crowned queen of the ninth annual MOBO Awards when she scooped three prizes.

The 23-year-old won best single for "Thank You" and best video for "See It in a Boy's Eyes." She shared the U.K. act of the year award with rapper Dizzee Rascal.

The ceremony for MOBO, which stands for music of black origin, was held Thursday at London's Royal Albert Hall. Supporters of two Jamaican reggae artists protested outside the venue because the artists had been dropped from MOBO's nomination list because of their songs' anti-gay lyrics.

Reggae stars Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel were removed from the shortlist following a protest by gay rights group OutRage!

As stars including Janet Jackson, Brandy and Lemar arrived on the red carpet, they were booed by the group of about 30 protesters, who waved placards reading: "Defend reggae music" and "Enraged by OutRage!"

Inside the theater, Jackson presented the lifetime achievement award to Anita Baker, and was herself inducted into the MOBO Hall of Fame.

The award for best R&B act went to an absent Usher, best jazz act to Jamie Cullum and best world music act to Bebel Gilberto.

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