Yesterday was a big day for the Gospel music fraternity since the Groove Awards Nominees list was officially announced and voting kicked off at the Kenya National Theatres.
However, tables were served a little bit differently because two of the most popular and scandalous gospel artist were not nominated for ANY award to the shock of many.
The two have been involved in various scandals early this year with Bahati accusing Willy Paul of leaking the collabo song without his knowledge.
This happened after the two had allegedly buried the hatchet last year after singer Bahati accused Willy Paul of stealing his song. These and many other reasons could have led to them missing out on the Groove Awards Nominees list year.
Last year Bahati won four wards in the Groove Awards while Willy Paul walked empty handed.
Below is the list of all nominees in all categories;
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Emmanuel – Mercy D. Lai
Ndoto za Kupaa – Kelele Takatifu Outcry – Bethu and H.P.B Preacher Bwoy – Dafari Uka – Eunice Njeri Vanity – Daddy Owen
GOSPEL RADIO PRESENTER
Amani Aila – Hope F.M
Dj Ruff – Ghetto Radio
Eva Mwalili – Milele F.M
Joyce Gituro – Radio Citizen Lawrence Thuku – Truth F.M
Selly Amutavi Kadot – Q F.M
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
5 Stones – Reapp
Afadhali Yesu – Size 8
Haina udi – Eko Dydda
Natamani Nikuone – Laura Kawira Roho Wako – Janet Otieno
Vanity – Daddy Owen
RAGGA\REGGAE SONG OF THE YEAR
Calling- Mr. Googz & Christo Fabulous Control- Dafari
Give Thanks- Guardian Angel
Ngong Ngong- TPK Sons
Wave- Jfam & Omari
EASTERN COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR
Ivinda ya kukilwa- Michael Mutuku Kathiiwa Tata- Justus Myello
Kuthina Yingi Niwatea- Eunice Kyalo Mbua Nene- James Mwongela Ngai Niwukilasya- Stephen Kasolo Simu Mundu- Pst. Dan Mutemi Advert
NYANZA COUNTY SONG OF THE YEAR
Abasani B’ Omusante- Fenny Kerubo Jerusalem Oiki- Maureen Awuor Nyasaye Marahuma- Eunice Ongoma Omosae Omonda- Lydia Scarlet Nyairaba Yeso Tara- Ev. Douglas Otiso Yesu Iber- Evaline Muthoka
CENTRAL COUNTIES SONG OF THE YEAR
Githe Tiwe- Phyllis Mbuthia
Ihinda Ria Kinya- Shiru wa GP
Irathiro Ria Riua- Austin Muturi Kirathimo- Sammy Irungu
Matata Ma Maithori- Charles Wachira Ngai Ageka Kiundu- Njuguna Gicheha
SOUTHERN AFRICA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Abel Chungu (Zambia)
Benjamin Dube (South Africa)
Joyous Celebration (South Africa) Magg 44 (Zambia)
WESTERN AFRICA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Nathaniel Bassey (Nigeria)
Frank Edwards (Nigeria)
Onos Brisibi (Nigeria)
The Preachers (Ghana)
Tim Godfrey (Nigeria)
TALENT TO WATCH AWARD
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
Afadhali Yesu- Size 8
Nikupendeze- Mercy Masika
Vanity- Daddy Owen
Ngori- Kelele Takatifu
Niache Niimbe- Kelele Takatifu.
GROUP OF THE YEAR.
DJ OF THE YEAR
Voting opened yesterday night and will proceed to the 31st April Midnight.