Big Brovaz beauty CHERISE has defended the inclusion of white artists for the MUSIC OF BLACK ORIGIN (MOBO) awards.

The FAVOURITE THINGS group were at yesterday's (02SEP03) MOBOs launch party in London where they were nominated in four categories.

And Cherise has responded to critics querying whether white artists - including JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - should be admitted.

She says, "Good luck to them. You don't have to be black as long as your style is black influenced.

"I don't see the problem. Justin is a brilliant dancer and performer."

03/09/2003 13:53