Mobo awards 2011: will there be a show of love or hate in Glasgow tonight?

Our reporter on the ground predicts romance, tears, sour tweets and some dodgy British accents ...

The Mobo awards are no strangers to controversy, and tonight in Glasgow, for the 16th awards ceremony, there are sure to be shocks aplenty. But here are some predictions ...

1. Tears from Dionne Bromfield

If the rumours are true, Brom will be performing a tribute to her late godmother Amy Winehouse. PRs across the country have been emailing journalists frantically to let them know just how emotional this performance will be so we are expecting nothing less.

JLS allegedly cried when they won Best Newcomer in 2009, and I'm betting mums nationwide will be crying themselves into a middle-aged frenzy in the knowledge that 90s R&B lotharios Boyz II Men are performing, so tears all round, I expect. Or at least a lip tremble.

2. Full-frontal snogging

N-Dubz's Tulisa and Fazer (the one who isn't Dappy) have recently "officially" shown the world that they have in fact, been madly in love all this time and are a couple. Cue, then, some well-placed media-friendly kisses on the red carpet and a new nickname (Falisa? Tufazer?).

I'm holding out for a full-on snog if N-Dubz win their nomination for best UK act.

3. Awkward slang

It's inevitable that when you employ two presenters from different sides of the pond, one will awkwardly try to win the crowd by adopting some UK slang. Past years have included Keri Hilson, saying "wicked" in a terrible British accent, and Shaggy in 2007 asking the crowd "if they fancied a shag" (cringe!). Jason Derulo is hosting the show tonight together with Alesha Dixon, so let's see how well he fares.

I'm betting that if Nicki Minaj wins (she's nominated for Best International Act) we'll be hearing her infamous British accent in spades: "Oi, thanks guv'nor, I'm right happy, gonna celebrate with a cuppa" etc.

4. An iconic performance

All award shows purport to stage "legendary" performances, but no one does it quite like the Mobos .... There has been Sade coming out of retirement to perform in 2000, the 12,000 (if memory serves) members of So Solid Crew dressed in white and flying around the room in 2001 and Tinchy's award-winning laser show in 09. How to top that? Urban Highland flinging? An arena-wide palance? Dappy dutty wining? I can hardly wait.

5. A barrage of hate

In 2009 Tinchy tweeted "F the Mobos'" after not winning with an online petition titled "Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder got parred" following. This year, tweeters have already threatened to hold placards and don "Where's the DJ?" T-shirts in reference to the absence of a DJ category.

Jessie J is likely to be the big winner tonight, with nominations in five categories. Expect fans of other acts to take this badly, plus more fulminating from the critical fraternity about the whole premise of the event ... Sigh.


Kieran Yates

The GuardianTramp

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