Emeli Sande stormed Saturday night's Mobo Awards, scooping three separate titles.

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter won Best Female, Best Album for her number one-selling Our Version of Events and Best R&B/Soul at the event at Liverpool's Echo Arena

Emeli, who first featured at the Mobo Awards in 2010, got the night off to a spectacular start with a specially-crafted rendition of My Kind of Love.

emeli sande

Emeli Sande

Guest of honour Dionne Warwick was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award to celebrate half a century in the business.

London hip-hop artist Plan B snapped up Best Male Act and Best Hip Hop/Grime, which he collected from rising global star, Rita Ora.

TLC's Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas collected this year's Mobo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Members of the Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes's family jetted in especially to celebrate the honour on her behalf. The singer died in a car accident ten years ago.

Rita Ora jetted in especially from the US leg of her tour to pick up Best Newcomer in association with HTC.

Crowd-pleaser Labrinth, who was a major hit with fans lining the red carpet, was awarded Best Song in association with PRS for Music for Earthquake and treated the room to a mash up of his biggest hits.

He has spent the past year taking on the charts with his own take on urban pop.

Chart toppers JLS arrived on a specially-chartered easyJet flight to collect the gong for Best Video for Do You Feel What I Feel and got the crowd on their feet with a performance of their newest single, Hottest Girl in the World.

Misha B presented Rachel Kerr with Best Gospel for her smooth, spell-binding vocals, and D'Banj was awarded Best African Act.

Best Jazz went to Zoe Rahman, who collected the accolade from Delilah and previous double Mobo Award winner, YolanDa Brown.

And after an outstanding year, Nicki Minaj beat off stiff competition for Best International Act. Sean Paul was awarded Best Reggae.

The event - now in its 17th year - was interspersed with a series of performances from special guests including rapper Wiley, who shared the stage with Skepta and Ms D to perform his new release Can You Hear Me and number one single, Heatwave.

Rising star Misha B treated crowds to a version of her debut single Home Run, and Angel wowed the crowd with a super smooth version of his single, Wonderful. Stooshe performed their cover of TLC's Waterfalls on stage, as introduced by "T-Boz" and "Chilli".

Mobo founder Kanya King MBE said this year's event had been particularly special.

She said: "Each year we're staggered by the calibre of the talent on display at the Mobo Awards.

"This year has been outstanding and we're honoured to showcase the best of the best on the night.

"Tonight has been a night for not only homegrown talent such as Emeli Sandé and Plan B, who we've championed from the beginning of their careers, but also less represented genres of music such as gospel, jazz and African which are equally important for Mobo."

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    Lauren Pope arriving at the 2012 MOBO Awards, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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    Rebecca Ferguson arriving at the 2012 MOBO Awards, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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    Labrinth arriving at the 2012 MOBO Awards, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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    Rebecca Ferguson arriving at the 2012 MOBO Awards, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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    Adam Deacon arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Chelsee Healey arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Dionne Warwick arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Chelsee Healey arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Misha B arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Misha B arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Labrinth arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Tyler James arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Emeli Sande arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Lauren Pope arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Katarina Johnson-Thompson arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    David Price and guest arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Heather Watson arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Esco arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Lenora Crichlow arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Jorgie Porter and Jennifer Metcalfe (right) arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Plan B backstage in the HTC greenroom during the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Jorgie Porter arriving for the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    Lenora Crichlow backstage in the HTC greenroom during the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.

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    (Left to right) JB Gill, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes and Oritse Williams of JLS with the award for Best Video, at the MOBO Awards 2012, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.