UK acts triumph at MOBOs

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UK acts went home smiling from the MOBO Awards in Glasgow last night, as they picked up the most coveted awards ahead of international stars. Former X Factor finalists JLS walked away with the Best Newcomer and Best Song gongs for their hit "Beat Again". N-Dubz, who hit the top spot with Tynchy Stryder earlier this year, won Best Act and Best Album.

Accepting the awards, JLS's Marvin Humes said: "The band's success would have been inconceivable just a year ago. I just want to say thank you to all our supporters who are here tonight.

"I never thought we would be here. I never thought we'd get nominated, and I never thought we would win two awards."

London three-piece N-Dubz joked that they were glad they were able to accept a second award, because they had forgotten to thank so many people the first time they were on stage.

Jermaine Jackson sang "Smile", while former Britain's Got Talent finalist Shaheen Jafargholi sang "I'll Be There" at the ceremony, which recognises artists of any race who perform black music, in honour of Michael Jackson.

It was the first time in the ceremony's 15-year-history that it had been held away from London. The choice of Glasgow as a venue had been criticised for being "too white" and "not cool enough." Eminem, Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Akon, Mariah Carey, Dizzee Rascal and Alesha Dixon were all nominated for awards but did not make an appearance.