Singer fails to turn up to collect her gongs
The singer, 23, won Best Album for Spirit and Best Video for Bleeding Love at the exclusive event at London’s Wembley Arena last night.
But she failed to show up – leaving a video message thanking her fans.
The crowds, who were expecting to see her, reacted angrily, booing her on screen.
‘Stop giving Leona Lewis a hard time you lot,’ host Mel B told the audience. ‘It’s not her fault she can’t be here.’
Other winners include Estelle, 28 – who scooped 2 awards for Best UK Female and Best Song for American Boy.
Dizzee Rascal, 22, won Best UK Male and Chris Brown, 19, scooped Best International Act and Best R&B/Soul.
Full list of ‘Best’ winners at the Mobo Awards 2008
UK Female – Estelle
UK Male – Dizzee Rascal
UK Newcomer – Chipmunk
International Act – Chris Brown
Reggae – Mavado
Jazz – Yolanda Brown
Gospel – Jahaziel
African Act – 9ice
Song – American Boy by Estelle
R&B/Soul – Chris Brown
Hip Hop – Lil Wayne
Video – Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
Album – Spirit by Leona Lewis
Radio DJ – Trevor Nelson
Club DJ – Tim Westwood
Lifetime Achievement – Motown
BeMOBO – Ricky McCalla