THE international Mobo Awards will be held in Liverpool following a Facebook campaign.
The X Factor winner and platinum-selling star Leona Lewis announced the location of the ceremony, which will take place in October, at a press conference at the city’s Echo Arena.
Lewis, who is an ambassador for the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) Awards, said: “I am the proud owner of two Mobo Awards and am delighted to be here in Liverpool as a Mobo ambassador to help commemorate their 15th year.
“I think Liverpool is the perfect choice for this year’s award ceremony.”
The confirmation of Liverpool as host city followed a Facebook petition by Mobo fan Ben Osu, 17, from Toxteth, who campaigned tirelessly to bring the event to his home town.
He said: “I cannot quite believe it.
“We knew Liverpool would be the perfect place for the Mobos, but to have it confirmed is absolutely amazing.”
Previous ceremonies have included performances by Tina Turner, Jay Z, Destiny’s Child and Rihanna.
Awards founder Kanya King said: “We are all very excited about celebrating Mobo’s 15th birthday in Liverpool.
“We are bringing the awards to this vibrant city, recognised for its outstanding contribution to music, culture and creativity.