THE 11th GROOVE AWARDS
The annual Groove Awards took place at the Safaricom Stadium, indoor arena Kasarani. This year L Jay Maasai and Mercy Masika won the coveted title of male and female artiste of the year.
Some of the biggest snubs were Daddy Owen and Eko Dydda who topped the nominees list this year, having gunned six and three nominations respectively.
Mercy emerged the top winner of the main gala having won three different categories mainly, Female Artiste of the Year, Skiza Ring Back Tune of the Year and Song of the Year.
The event saw Eko Dydda, Mercy Masika, Gloria Muliro, Everlyne Wanjiru, Eunice Njeri, Pitson, Quest Kids, Jafari, Jayfam and Kelele Takatifu grace the stage with their amazing performances.
The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award went to Rap Community group which testified about their encounters with different churches 20 years ago, “Many years ago 20 years we got together to do what a lot of people thought was crazy ‘Gospel Rap’ We got thrown out of many churches and meetings because our style was not considered “Godly” our earings and dreads did not help. Years later a whole industry has evolved from the struggles of our youth and God given dreams.
GROOVE AWARDS WINNERS FULL LIST
- Collabo Of The Year
Everlyne Wanjiru Feat Vicky Kitonga, Tulia
- Nyanza Counties Song Of The Year
Abasani B’ Omusunte by Femmy Kerubo
- Ragga/Reggae Song Of The Year
Wave by Jfam Feat Omari
- Central Counties Song Of The Year
Githe Tiwe by Phyllis Mbuthia.
- Western Africa Artist Of The Year
- Audio Producer Of The Year
- Radio Presenter Of The Year
Eva Mwalili, Milele FM.
- Eastern & Central Africa Artist Of The Year
- Western Counties Song Of The Year
Njigula by Timothy Kituyi
- Coastal Counties Song Of The Year
Ushindi by Faith Mwikali
- Dance Group Of The Year
Jims & Dims
- Rift Valley Song Of The Year
Ashe Mpapa by Pst. Samuel Somorei
- Album Of The Year
Emmanuel by Mercy D Lai
- Eastern Counties Song Of The Year
Ni Ngai Niwukilasya by Stephen Kasolo
- Songwriter Of the Year
- Video Of The Year
Afadhali Yesu, Size 8
- Hip Hop Son Of The Year
Easy by Maluda Feat. Juliani
- Gospel Radio Show Of The Year
Gospel Sunday, Milele FM
- Worship Song Of The Year
Nikufahamu by Everlyn Wanjiru
- Video Producer Of The Year
Sammy Dee, True-D Pictures
- South Africa Artist Of The Year
- Talent To Watch
DJ Covenant, Rurumuka, Inooro TV
- Skiza Ring Back Tune Of The Year
Mwema by Mercy Masika
- Afro-Pop Song Of The Year
Ayaya by Majik Mike Feat. Kris Ee Baba.
- DJ Of The Year
- TV Show Of The Year
The Switch, K24
- New Artist Of The Year
- Group Of The Year
- Song Of The Year
Nikupendeze by Mercy Masika
- Female Artist Of The Year
- Male Artist Of The Year