MOBO Awards did a Steve Harvey by wrongfully announcing a wrong winner at its award ceremony.
Steve Harvey isn’t the only one who will go down as committing an avoidable error in announcing a wrong winner for an award, after London R&B group, WSTRN were left embarrassed having thought they had won the ‘best song’ gong for their hit, ‘In2’ at the 2016 MOBO Awards ceremony which held on Friday, November 4.
It turned out the deserved winner of the award was Abra Cadabra and Krept & Konan‘s ‘Robbery (Remix)’, as the song was played while WSTRN excitedly gave their acceptance speech.
After several viewers had picked up on the error, it wasn’t until almost an hour later before presenters Rickie Williams and Melvin Odoom had to admit their mistake, explaining ‘someone picked up the wrong envelope’.
North London, Tottenham-born rapper, Abra Cadabra who is the rightful winner, however stepped up to receive his award.
— MOBO AWARDS (@MOBOAwards) November 4, 2016
‘I’m sorry it shouldn’t have happened and apologise especially to @Moboawards, @ITV2 and @WSTRN,’ Simon Pizey, Managing Director of the production company Done & Dusted also apologized.
‘In over 20 years of live tv we’ve never made a mistake like this, but due to human error the wrong winner for Mobo best song was announced tonight.’
It wasn’t all so bad for WSTRN however, as the trio still went home with the award for best newcomers.
The gaffe is reminiscent of Harvey’s announcement of Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant, instead of Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
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