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The 12th Annual Groove Awards with Safaricom unveiled this year’s nominees at a high profile red carpet event held at The Chandaria Center Auditorium, University of Nairobi Towers.

The event saw 156 nominees revealed in 26 categories, with a line-up that featured both established and upcoming artists.

But gospel artistes Willy Paul and Bahati were snubbed for the second time in a row, and joining them was LJay Maasai who won the Male Artiste of the Year in 2016. In what the panel called character issues.

Leading the nominations are Recapp, who have been nominated in the Group of the Year, Hip Hop Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year categories.

This year’s contenders for Male Artist of The Year include Daddy Owen, Eko Dydda, Guardian Angel, Kris Eeh Baba, Pastor Anthony Musembi and Pitson, while Alice Kimanzi, Evelyn Wanjiru, Kambua, Princess Farida, Size 8 and last year’s winner Mercy Masika will battle it out for Female Artist of The Year.

Nominated artists will perform during the Groove Tours set to begin on May 14, during which they will get to meet fans in different parts of the country including Machakos, Eldoret and Karatina.

Groove Awards Gala is scheduled for June 1.

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