The Gospel industry’s annual awards extravaganza is usually the biggest across Kenya and across genres. So it’s not surprise that this year’s nomination party was such a big deal. Celebrities on the red carpet in full glam – and make no mistake: they artists turn it on to the max.
The event went down at the Chandaria Center Auditorium, University of Nairobi Towers.
It saw 156 nominees revealed in 26 categories, with a line-up that featured both established and upcoming artists.
Leading the nominations with six nods was Recapp, who have been nominated in the Group of the Year, Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year categories.
This year’s contenders for Male Artist of The Year include Daddy Owen, Eko Dydda, Guardian Angel, Kris Eeh Baba, Pastor Anthony Musembi and Pitson, while Alice Kimanzi, Evelyn Wanjiru, Kambua, Princess Farida, Size 8 and last year’s winner Mercy Masika will battle it out for Female Artist of The Year.
Also featuring prominently in the list of nominees are Kelele Takatifu and Kambua, who have been nominated in four categories each. While many categories see the return of last year’s contenders, this year’s New Artist/New Group Of The Year category features a fresh line-up, which includes: Ben C, Dar Mjomba, Sharon, Slejj, Stonee Jiwe and Weezdom.
It’s going to be a tough battle for the highest stakes in the Gospel industry.
A full list of nominees is available here
Public voting is now open and will run to midnight, 31st May 2017.
The Groove Awards Gala event will take place on the 1st of June.