Popcaan, who was not present, won over Chronixx, London-based dancehall artiste Stylo G, singjay Protoje and Omi, whose Cheerleader topped the British national chart in 2015.
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This was Popcaan’s fourth nomination.
Popcaan is making waves locally with songs including “Way Up” and “Weed is My Best Friend”.
Popcaan recently collaborated with producer Jamie XX on the track, I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times, which features rapper Young Thug.
In 2010, he had an underground hit there with Clarks, done with his mentor, Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim.
He has a strong following among dancehall fans in the United Kingdom, thanks to several well-received songs.
Popcaan impacted the UK music scene this year with hits including “Where We come From” and “Bad Inna Real Life”.
His 2014 collaborative single ‘Kisses for Breakfast’ with British singer Melissa Steel reached number 10 on the British pop chart.
The MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin) “recognises artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing black music”.