Voting is now open for this year’s Groove Awards with Safaricom following the announcement of this year’s nominees at a glitzy red carpet event held at the National Museum of Kenya on Tuesday.
Topping the list with the most nominations is award winning songstress Gloria Muliro of the Sitolia fame with six nominations in four categories including the coveted Female Artiste of the Year Award.
And to crown what has been a phenomenal year for the artiste, Sitolia and Mpango waKando, are competing forSong of the Year. Fittingly, Sitolia featuring Willy Paul and Mpango wa Kando featuring Everlyne have also been lined up for Collabo of the year. MatsaikaYesu, nominated in the Western Song of the Year category completes her list of nominations.
Other big names in contention for the coveted Groove Awards trophy are the godfather of gospel and three-time Groove Awards Male Artiste of the Year, Daddy Owen whose song with Denno, Mbona, has been nominated in the hotly contested Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Collabo of the Year categories.
Newcomer DK Kwenye Beat of the FuriFuri and Sari Sari fame matched Daddy Owen with three nominations in the Male Artiste of the Year,Song of the Year and Video of the Year categories.
Multiple award winning gospel heavy weight Jimmi Gait, last year’s Groove Male Artiste of the Year, the highly energetic Eko Dyddah and gospel veteran Jemimah Thiongo got two nominations apiece.
Following the unveiling of the nominees, members of the public can now vote for their favorite artistes by SMS-ing the word GROOVE and the nominee code to 811 or log onto www.grooveawards.co.ke to vote online. Voting is open until the 24th of May. The winners of this year’s awards will be feted at a gospel music extravaganza which will be held on Madaraka Day.
The award winners will then embark on the four town Groove Tour which will feature high octane performances in Nakuru, Bungoma, Thika, Mombasa and culminate in the hugely popular Groove Party on New’s Eve in Nairobi.
The Groove Awards with Safaricom is East Africa’s most premium and most coveted gospel music showcase. It was established in 2004 to honor and celebrate gospel music in Africa but with a particular emphasis on East Africa. To date the gospel music awards property has honored more than 600 artistes and groups.