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More glory for Ms Dynamite

Ms Dynamite's three Mobo awards follow her Mercury prize
Ms Dynamite's three Mobo awards follow her Mercury prize

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LONDON, England -- British R'n'B sensation Ms Dynamite has taken the top prizes at the second major awards ceremony in two weeks.

The 21-year-old scooped a hat-trick of prizes -- UK act of the year, best newcomer and single of the year for her first hit, It Takes More -- at the seventh annual Mobo Awards on Tuesday.

In all she had six nominations, equalling the record set by Craig David in 2000, for the awards which celebrate music of black origin.

Ms Dynamite -- real name Niomi Daley -- from London, said she was delighted with her awards: "I have to big up everyone for buying my single from day one, the people have put me here.

"To everyone, my mother, my dad, to everyone I love you...It is an honour, it really is an honour."

She also paid tribute to controversial garage act So Solid Crew for being an inspiration.

"No matter about nothing, they gave me so much confidence," she said.

Two weeks ago, the singer received the prestigious Mercury title for her debut album A Little Deeper. (Full story)

Other winners at the ceremony, which was co-hosted by Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon and U.S. rapper LL Cool J, were soul diva Chaka Khan, who got a lifetime achievement award, while U.S. act Norah Jones won the best jazz act prize.

But there was no joy for So Solid Crew despite two nominations. They won three MOBO awards last year.

Aaliyah won a posthumous award for the More Than A Woman video
Aaliyah won a posthumous award for the More Than A Woman video

Two posthumous prizes were also presented -- to Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Aaliyah, who died in plane crash last year, won the best video title for More Than A Woman, while TLC member Lopes, killed in a car crash this year, was given an outstanding achievement award.

The full list of Mobo winners: Best R`n'B act Ashanti; Best video Aaliyah; Best hip-hop act -- Ja Rule; Best reggae act -- Sean Paul; Best garage act -- Mis-Teeq; Best gospel act -- Michelle Williams; Best jazz act -- Norah Jones; Best world music act -- Angelique Kidjo; Best producer Neptunes; UK act of the year -- Ms Dynamite; MasterCard best album -- Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys; Best single -- It Takes More, Ms Dynamite; Best newcomer -- Ms Dynamite; Best UK DJ -- Steve Sutherland; MOBO unsung award -- Street Politiks; MOBO lifetime achievement award -- Chaka Khan; MOBO contribution to urban music -- Jimmy Cliff; MOBO outstanding achievement award -- Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

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