Bahati Wins Big at the 2015 Groove Awards
The atmosphere was charged last night at the Safaricom Indoor Arena as the biggest names in the Kenya gospel industry gathered for the 2015 Groove Awards.
The glamorous awards ceremony took place one week later than was originally planned, but even this delay did not dampen the spirits of the artistic community.
Amid electric performances, the best acts of the year were feted in what was the 10th edition of the awards.
Gospel Bongo singer Bahati walked away with a whopping four awards, three of which were for his hit song Barua.
The song, which has over 700,000 views on YouTube, won in Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Most Downloaded Skiza Tune categories.
Bahati also took the title of the Male Artist of the year, beating Pitson, Pastor Anthony Musambi, Willy Paul, Hopekid, and Ljay Maasai.
The star-studded event, which began nearly two hours behind schedule due to heavy rains, was attended by Sports and Culture Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.
Below is the list of the 2015 Groover Award Winners:
Male Artiste of the Year – Bahati
Nominees: Bahati, Pitson, Pastor Anthony Musambi, Willy Paul, Hopekid, Ljay Maasai
Female Artiste of the Year – Loise Kim
Nominees: Eunice Njeri, Size 8, Janet Otieno, Lady Bee, Evelyne Wanjiru, Loise Kim
Southern Africa Artiste of the Year – Joyous Celebration from South Africa
Nominees: Magg 44-Zambia, Pompi-Zambia, Rebecca Malope-South Africa, Abel Chungu-Zambia, Joyous Celebration-South Africa, Benjamin Dube-South Africa
Song of the Year Nyanza Counties – Omorembe Toe – Fenny Kerubo
Nominees: Bi Uneye Gima Yesu otimo – Moureen Awuor, Jerusalem Dalawa – Mark Oder, Olemo – Christine Otieno, Omorembe Toe – Fenny Kerubo, Ong’e Ngamoi- – Muthoka Evaline, Wasud Nyime – Emma Omonge
Song of the Year Central Counties – Ndiari Mwega – James Wanyoike
Nominees: Experiment – Betty Bayo, Gichuri – Milkah Njambi, Maithori – Sammy Irungu, Ndiari Mwega – James Wanyoike, Ngai Wa Itereri – Shiro Wa GP, Tutigukurumana – Grace Mwai
Collabo of the Year – Mwanake – Benachi and Kaberere
Nominees: Tam Tam- Willy Paul and Size 8, Matunda – Eunice Njeri and Lady Bee, Mimina – Kris Eeh Baba, Wakati Remix – Fidel Atondola, Crossing Over – Redemption Music, Furaha – Esther Wahome, Olenkodikod – Diddi Kimer Ragga
Reggae Song of the Year – Searching TPK Sons
Nominees: Abba – Jay General, Crossing Over – Redemption ft. Guardian Angel, Goso – Jfam, Delilah – Hopekid
G10 (Upcoming promising talent) – DJ Tabz
Nominees: Annie the DJ,Dj 21, Dj Frank, Dj G-Jo, Dj Mzito, Dj Tabz, Hype Ballo, Hype Guda, MC Kelly, MC Timeless Noel
Song of the Year Eastern Counties – Katiwa by Justus Mielo
Nominees: Aning’ning’ Dance – Mbuvi Mbuvi, Ikomanone – Wilberforce Musyoka, Katiwa – Justus Mielo, Kiss Kya Yutasi – Elizabeth Clipper, Mwinire – Ameru Crew, Ndumbule – Michael Mutuku
Western Africa Artiste of the Year – Sinach from Nigeria
Nominees: Frank Edwards – Nigeria, Lara George – Nigeria, Mercy Oheema – Ghana, Nathaniel Bassey – Nigeria, Sinach – Nigeria, Solomon Lange – Nigeria
Song of the Year Coastal Counties – Rafiki by Michael Yena
Nominees: Maombi – Anthony Musembi, Nisaidie – Mercy D Lai, Rafiki – Michael Yena, Tuma Roho – Japheth Musila, Tunakuabudu – Marion Shako, Yesu Ameniona- Martin Murunga
Song of the Year Western Counties – Ndakhuyanza – Timothy Kitoyi
Nominees: Khumuichomie – Florence Andenyi, Kusieve – Anne Kamsa, Ndakhuyanza – Pamela Wandera Ndakhuyanza – Timothy Kitoyi, Sandizaga – Linet Njoora, Yohana – Geofrey Kwatemba
Song of the Year Rift Counties – Erripoto Enkai – Charity Tajeu
Nominees: Ebeneza – Edna Lotole, Ematatui – Pst Joyce Mumeita, Erripoto Enkai – Charity Tajeu, Kongoi – Lillian Rotich, Maa-Leji – LJAYMAASAI, Nyumbani – RuriSambili
Video of the Year – Barua by Bahati
Nominees: Jemedari – Size 8, Sifa – Alice Kamande, New song – Tybe, Kereka – Dkkwenyebeat, Tam Tam – Willy Paul ft. Size 8, Barua – Bahati
Album of the Year – Mungu Mkuu by Evelyne Wanjiru
Nominees: Am blessed – Hopekid, Kibali – Florence Andenyi, Mtakatifu – Frank, Mungu Mkuu – Evelyne Wanjiru, Rauka – Kanjii Mbugua, Shekinah Worship – Pastor Anthony Musembi
Dance Group of the Year – AltarMIN
Nominees: All Stars, Flamers Crew, Genje, Gospel Warriors, Jims and Dims, AltarMIN
Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Mimina by Kriserroh ft Magg 44 and Abel Chungu
Nominees: Didimia – Kelele Takatifu, Inaweza – DJ Lapoze, Opportunity remix – Falenzy and Friends, Tonight – Recapp, Zongelela – SOC, Mimina – Kriserroh ft. Magg 44 and Abel Chungu
Group of the Year – Christ Cycoz
Nominees: Adawnage, Kelele Takatifu, Band Samawati, SOC, VKPMusic
Gospel Radio Presenter of the Year – Eva Mwalili of Milele FM
Nominees: Amani Ayila – Hope FM, DJ Ruff – Ghetto Radio, Eva Mwalili – Milele FM, Jay Njoroge – Homeboyz Radio, Joyce Gituro – Pambazuka, Lawrence Thuku – Truth FM
Gospel Radio Show of the Year – Gospel Sunday – Milele FM
Nominees: Pambazuka – Radio Citizen, Shangilia – Hope FM, Tukuza – Radio Maisha, Gospel Nite Live – Ghetto Radio, Gospel Sunday – Milele FM, Mwamba Radio Show – Homeboyz Radio
DJ of the Year – DJ Mo Kenya
Nominees: DJ sadic, DJ Krowbar, DJ Ruff, TouchThe DJ, DJGGActivist, DJ MO Kenya
New Artiste/New Group of the Year – Ruth Matete
Nominees: Camp David, Falenzy, Fidel Atondola, Florence Andenyi, Godson Jawabu, Innocent Persons, Recapp, Ruth Matete, Saint Stevo, Tybe
Worship Song of the Year – Florence Andenyi
Nominees: Mfalme Mkuu-Kanji Mbugua ft. Enid Moraa, Mtakatifu-Frank, Mungu Mkuu-Everlyn Wanjiru, Maombi-Pastor Anthony Musembi, Unatosha-Eunice Njeri
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