A coup for the city, yes, but it wasn't exactly known for its appreciation of urban music and its ability to draw big-name artists was questioned.
But if there were any doubts, they weren't coming from awards founder Kanya King who, right off the bat, recognised the city's "legendary thirst for great music", adding it was for that reason that Glasgow would make an "outstanding host".
King said: "There is an audience for this music nationwide. The artists don't get to number one just because black people or folks from London are buying it." She was right: the MOBOs were a huge success in Glasgow, and attracted a sell-out crowd of 7000-plus.
She was easily persuaded to come back, saying it was "only natural" to continue with what she called a "great relationship with the city".
Two successful stints later, the second in 2011, and the love affair between Scotland's largest city and the awards continues, as Glasgow hosted the MOBOs for the third time last night at the new Hydro.
King says Glasgow now "feels like a home from home", adding: "It's a city with a thirst for live music. We always feel really supported. MOBO wouldn't be where we are today if it hadn't been for the support of Scotland and Glasgow."
Soul star Beverley Knight also backed the city, saying: "Moving to Glasgow is the best thing they could have done. I know what Scottish audiences are like."
But while much of the success of the MOBOs in the city undoubtedly rests with music-loving Glaswegians, credit, too, must go to Event Scotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, which secured the three-year deal with King.
The city's ability to play host to a wide array of events clearly also plays its part in the "relationship" with the MOBO awards.
It's not the most glamorous reason for the city's MOBO coup, but it's an unavoidable one: Glasgow is well-versed at dealing with big crowds, from Champions League and Uefa Cup finals, to gigs at Hampden Park.
Ultimately, however, the reason the MOBOs have stuck around is due to Scottish music-lovers who give the stars such a welcome.