But then it was Glasgow after all.
Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of fans flocked to the event to soak up a little of the glitz and glamour.
Among the winners were Laura Mvula, who beat off competition Jessie J and Rita Ora to take the best female award, Tinie Tempah for the best hip-hop/grime act and Naughty Boy, who took the award for best song for La La La, while Wiley was named best male act.
Amid a swelling sense of anticipation, the procession began with the arrival of Rudimental and Diversity. But perhaps the biggest roar of the evening came as headliner Tinie Tempah arrived under a blanket of rainfall. He said: "This is actually the wettest red carpet I've ever been on but I kinda like it."
Garage singer Craig David then made his appearance and paid tribute to the rowdy Scottish youngsters who were on hand to greet him.
He said: "Every time I've come up to Scotland, the support from the fans has always been fantastic. It's fantastic being in the new Hydro as well. Can't wait to get out there."
Newcomer Mvula described her first MOBO experience like "jumping into the television". Minutes later things took a turn for the absurd when Greg McHugh, known for his role as Gary: Tank Commander, arrived.
Cast members of Geordie Shore also drew cheers from onlookers.
Despite the onslaught from the rain, producer Jazzie B was in defiant mood for his entrance.
"Perfect conditions," he said. "We're all nice and wet. Thankfully, I had a bit of porridge and whisky this afternoon to help keep me going though. I love it here. The people are always very warm and very nice."
So Solid Crew then arrived, promising the audience a "performance they deserve", before Gabrielle made her entrance to celebrate 20 years in the music industry.
Katy B and girl group Stooshe, of Black Heart fame, then strolled across the drenched carpet before the master of ceremonies Trevor Nelson rounded off the procession.
"Lovely weather," he said. "But then that's Glasgow - everyone out here waiting is pretty brave. Despite the weather, it should be said, it's great that the MOBOs are in Scotland, of course it is."
Youngster Kim Boyce, from Glasgow, could barely contain her excitement, especially as the Geordie Shore cast members arrived.
She said: "It's so great being able to get so close to the celebrities, I feel like we've had a wee bit of glamour here. I can't believe the Geordie Shore folks came - I really wasn't expecting that."
The glitz and glamour attracted an ocean of curious onlookers, including Julie Garland who said: "It's quite a buzz; everyone loves a little bit of excitement and this a terrific event. It's great for Glasgow, shows such as these bring a little bit of glamour to the city. The Hydro looks great - it's the perfect setting for something like this."
University of Glasgow student Larry Sbangeviciuis was also caught up in the spectacle. He said: "It's been quite a show, and it's great to be here and get a wee look at some of the stars. I love Trey Songz, he's just the best. I love that we're able to get just a little bit of glitz here, it's really something."
Caroline Ellis added: "It's all very exciting, and great it's all happening in Glasgow."