Fifteen years of the Mobo awards | In pictures

This year sees the 15th anniversary of the Mobo awards. Here, we celebrate the event's legacy with pictures from the past decade and a half

MOBO Awards in association with Lebara mobile are celebrating their 15th anniversary at Liverpool Echo Arena on 20 October. Go to for further details
Mobos 15 years: Kanya King and the Blairs
At the 1996 awards, Mobo Awards founder Kanya King met the Blairs just before they made it to number 10. Tony's smile is like a heat-seeking missile when it comes to cameras, isn't it? Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: Coolio
In the days before Celebrity Big Brother, Coolio was best known for ... his cameo in the film Leprechaun: In the Hood. Here he is at the Mobo Awards in 1997 Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: P Diddy
Faith Evans and Diddy back when he was P Diddy in 1998. By the time this gallery is published he'll probably be known as just 'D' Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child wear some, er, special outfits at the Mobos in 1999 Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: Lisa left Eye Lopez
TLC's Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez obviously decided to come to the 2000 Mobos as Lil' Kim Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: Lil' Kim
And Lil Kim decided to come to the 2003 Mobos as Jordan ... Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: R Kelly
R Kelly's typically humble tribute to 9/11 victims Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: So Solid Crew
All 945 members of So Solid Crew collect their award in 2001
Photograph: Mobos
Photograph: MOBO
Mobos 15 years: Ms Dymanite
Ms Dynamite cleaned up at the 2002 Mobos. Not literally, don't let that dustman's cap fool you, she just won three awards Photograph: MOBOs
Mobos 15 years: Craig David
Craig David urges you to Buy British in 2004. Who knew the after effects of foot and mouth would be felt so keenly by R&B artists? Photograph: Mobos
Mobos 15 years: MOBO Awards 2005 - Show
Lauryn Hill took her mum's advice to 'wrap up warm' during her visit to England in 2005 Photograph: Jo Hale/Getty Images Europe
Mobos 15 years: MOBO Awards 2006 - Show
Is it us, or does Akon look like he really doesn't want to hand Rihanna her award at the 2006 Mobos? Photograph: Jo Hale/Getty Images Europe
Mobos 15 years: MOBO Awards 2007 - Performance
Amy Winehouse performs at the 2007 event. Come on Amy, where's the new album? Photograph: Jo Hale/Getty Images Europe
Mobos 15 years: Estelle & Grace Jones
Estelle at the 2008 awards, with an expression that says: 'I spend all week picking out the boldest outfit I can find, and then Grace Jones comes and stands next to me' Photograph: David Graeme-Baker/Mobos
Mobos 15 years: Jermaine and Latoya
Jermaine and Latoya Jackson pay tribute to their brother Michael at the 2009 awards Photograph: Photographer: Romain Kedochim/Mobos

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