British-Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter Tinie Tempah has come out to say he will not be performing at this year’s 2016 MOBO awards.
Disclosing this via his Instagram handle, he implied that the reason why he was pulling out of the show had to do with politics involvement in the music business.
“I will not be performing at this year’s MOBO awards for reasons that are out of mine and the MOBO’s control.”
The MOBOs is a ceremony I have grown up watching and taken pride in. It’s given a platform to so many artists who have inspired me. So I always go above and beyond to attend. I am gutted to not be performing.
I wrote this because my music and my culture is very important to me and this has been the same issue year after year. It is frustrating when music industry politics dictate my ability to celebrate either.
It’s been a great year for British music especially the underground. I will be watching and supporting.”
Tinie was a major winner at the MOBO 2010 awards in Glasgow winning Best Video for ‘Frisky’ featuring Labrinth and Best Newcomer.