This year’s fourteenth annual Groove Music Awards kicked off at the Kenya National Theater in Nairobi on Saturday night and brought out some of gospel music’s most celebrated artists and most popular bands for an unforgettable evening of bombastic music acts and memorable acceptance speeches.
The star-studded show, hosted by Abel and the lovely Ivy, featured performances by Moji Shotbaba, Jabidii, Evelyn Mutua to name just a few.
In line with the theme “Better Together,” this year’s awards season has focused on the message of unity in building better relationships, synergies and societies. It encourages a spirit of togetherness and highlights how togetherness helps build powerful and stronger bonds.
However, the real reason for the big night was to celebrate the artists fans love, and Jabidii led the pack with a jaw-dropping 11 nominations in total and walked away with five awards; Reggae/ Ragga Song of the Year, Teens Choice Song of theYear, Collabo of the Year, Dance Style/ Song of the Year and Song of the Year.
Eunice Njeri made an impressive comeback was who won the Artist of the Year Award and Praise and Worship Song of the Year.
Former secular pop star Wahu Kagwi bagged her first Groove award for the Music Video of The Year Award while Benachi was crowned the Diaspora Artist of the Year.
Check out the full list of winners, *in bold*, below
Artist of the Year – Eunice Njeri
Song of the Year: Vimbada – Jabidii, Moji Short Babaa
Music Video of the Year – Nifanane Nawe – Wahu Kagwe
Young Groover of the Year – Amani Gracious
Reggae/ Ragga Song of the Year – China – Jabidii
Teens Choice Song of theYear – Vimbada – Jabidii, Moji Short Babaa
Collabo of the Year – Vimbada – Jabidii, Moji Short Babaa
Dance Style/ Song of the Year – Vimbada – Jabidii, Moji Short Babaa
Outstanding Contributor – RKay
Diaspora Artist of the Year – Benachi
Hypeman/ MC of the Year – Timeless Noel
Song Writer of the Year – Pitson
Online/ Digital Personality of The Year – Kabi and Milly for the WaJesus Family
Video Producer of the Year – Steve Mugo
The Audio Producer of The Year – Gideon Kimanzi
Breakthrough Female Artist of The Year – Emma Omonge
Breakthrough Male Artist of The Year – Baraka Musiq
Breakthrough Dj of the Year – Ken the Dj
Media Personality of The Year- Syombua Mwele
Praise and Worship Song of the Year – Eunice Njeri Zaidi na Zaidi
Nyanza Counties Song of the Year – Conquerer – Fenny Kerubo
Rift Valley Song of the Year – Kapchi – Mum Cherop
Eastern Counties Song of the Year – Stephen Kasolo
Coastal Song of the Year – Nakupenda – Eve Bahati
Central Song of the Year – Mutheani – Phyllis Mbuthia and Sammy Irungu
Western Song of the Year – Lwanda ni Yesu – Timothy Kitui and Ali Mukhwana