Yesterday, Thursday June 1st was the day that the best in the gospel industry were to be known; only those with outstanding works were awarded in a celebrity-studded 12th annual Groove Awards gala that went down at KICC in Nairobi.
Attended by both gospel and secular artists, the awards showed how unified our industry as everyone seemed to have a great time and you could not tell who was gospel and who was not, all I could see were Kenyan artist.
Surprises were many, just as the nomination started seeing key players of the industry miss out on this year’s nomination themed – Back to church, as artists like Size 8 also walked out empty handed in-spite being nominated in 3 categories.
Among the names that took home gold included “Vidole” hit maker, the stammering and staggering Eko Dydda who bagged the male artist of the year and Hiphop song of the year, while Mercy Masika of “Shule YAko” clinched the top female award.
Kenya’s most played anthem “Thitima” by Kymo and Stiga was voted as Song of the Year, while “Bazokizo” by Collo and Bruz Newton was voted as Collabo of the Year.
Here is the full list of the winners at the 2017 Groove Awards
Female Artiste of the Year – Mercy Masika
Male Artiste of the Year – Eko Dydda
Song of the Year – Thitima by Kymo and Stiga
DJ of the Year – DJ Ruff
Group of the Year – Adawnage Band
Hip Hop Song of the Year – Eko Dydda
New Artiste of the Year – Weezdom
Album of The Year – Optimo Worship by Pastor Anthony Musembi
Afro Pop Song of the Year – Thitima by Kymo & Stiga
TV Show of the Year – Angaza on KBC
Collabo of the Year – Collo and Bruz Newton in Bazokizo
Audio Producer of the Year – Magic Mike
Video Producer of the Year – Sammy Dee
2017 Talent to Watch – MC Neb
Songwriter of The Year – Pitson
Skiza Ringback Tone of the Year – Shule Yako by Mercy Masika
Radio Gospel Presenter of the Year – Eva Mwalili of Milele FM
Gospel Radio Show of the Year – Gospel Sunday on Milele FM
Worship song of the Year – Patakatifu Pako by Eric Smith
Reggae song of the Year – Hopekid
Dance Group of the Year – Mavericks
Video of the Year – I Live For You by Adawnage
Nyanza County Song of the Year – Jakayuda Iberna by Joan Amayo
Coastal County Song of the Year – Yuko Nawe by Mercy D Lai
Central County Song of the Year – Geria Ringi by Jane Muthoni
Eastern County Song of the Year – Yesu Nde Compe by Stephen Kasolo
Rift Valley County Song of the Year – Atiriren by Margaret Cheruiyot
Western County Song of the Year – Khubira Byosi by Timothy Kitui and Ole Willy
South African Artist of the year – Pompi from Zambia
Outstanding Contributor of the Year – All Over Dance Crew