“My goal is to take my music as far as it can possibly go while staying true to myself as a musical artist and doing what I love but tonight I’m going to be bursting looking at the artists on stage thinking I can do that but patience is a virtue”. His success caps a huge rise over the past year for the MC, who performed alongside Krept and Konan with Kanye West Brit Awards and reached 18 in the charts with his freestyle WickedSkengMan 4.
Rita, now a judge on The X Factor alongside Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw, received a nod for Best Video for Body On Me, which also features Chris Brown.
And by chance for a sure few, the gongs are based mostly purely on talent relatively than fashion sense at the MOBO Awards.
The 41-year-old musician will receive the Outstanding Achievement prize in the ceremony at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, where he will also perform.
Krept and Konan were equally as prolific after four nominations translated to two awards: best hip-hop act, and best album for their debut LP Long Way Down.
Henry was the second victor of the inaugural prize after the “Godfather of Grime” Wiley accepted his earlier this week with a plaque placed at his former secondary school in Bow, East London.
Another notable nominee this year is London-based singer Fka Twigs, who has been thrice nominated: Best Female, Best Video for “Pendulum” and Best Video for “Glass and Patron”.
This year’s sold out MOBO Awards are taking place on Wednesday 4th November and will be broadcast live at 8pm on ITV2 and repeated in full on ITV1 at 10:40pm.
James Wilkins, Managing Director, Vista commented; “We’re thrilled to be working with the Mobo awards for the tenth year on such an iconic event”.