This year’s Groove Awards will be one with a great new difference as more entries have been created and other categories revamped.
This thirteenth edition saw the public being included in the nomination process that brought fourth 19 categories with surprise new entries into some of the most tightly contested spots.
The nominees were unveiled yester-night at an exclusive red carpet event held at the Mövenpick Hotel Westlands and truth be told gospel singer Jabidii walked away one happy man after landing an impressive 7 nominations including Song of the Year and Teens Choice Song of the Year (in which he received 2 nominations) Breakthrough Artist of the year, Collabo of the year and Dance style/song of the Year in which he also received 2 nominations.
Gloria Muliro followed closely with 6 nominations in Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, twice under the Praise and Worship song of the Year, Collabo of the Year and Western Counties song of the Year categories.
This year Male artist, Female artists and Group of the year categories have been revamped and collapsed into one category- Artist of the Year becoming the most coveted award of the season. The contenders in this category include the reigning Female and Male artists of the year – Mercy Masika- who received 3 and Eko Dydda 2 nominations respectively. Other nominees in the Artist of the Year category are Guardian Angel, Moji Short Babaa, Gloria Muliro and hip-hop group Recapp.
Public voting will begin at 10am on Friday 8th June 2018 and will run until midnight 23rd June 2018. Fans will be able to vote via sms by sending the word Groove followed by the nominee code to 811 or by dialing *811# and following the prompts, or via the website www.grooveawards.co.ke.
This year’s winners will be announced on 24th June 2018 at the Gala Awards ceremony, to be held in Kasarani Nairobi.
The nominees are as follows: