It was the usual glitz, celebrity-fare and shine. Tens, or hundreds of  musicians  were nominated for this year’s edition of groove awards.

The nomination heralds the awards which are weeks away and seek to award budding talent and personalities who have been exemplary the past year.  This year however, missing in the list was Willy Paul and his ally Bahati.

Word on the street has it that the two were struck off the list in light  of the scandals that they have been in the past year. For example, the two prior to releasing music had resorted to cheap publicity with Bahati at one point announcing that he was quitting the ministry as his life was in danger. This came a month after releasing a music video that potrayed Daddy Owen in bad light after it  was alleged that he fleeced Denno off his music proceeds.

Willy Paul on the other hand, has been on the headlines for scandals involving women, drunkeness and music collaborations with vernacular artists- refer to Sauti Sol and the rumored collaboration with Morgan heritage.

The status with the announcement that the two had missed out on nomination for not living Christian lives was posted by Larry Madowo and had the following reactions:

This must have surprised many people but not me, the missing of the ‘top’ ‘gospel’ musicians like Bahati and willy Paul in the nomination list.

Groove must have gotten tired with the two, but truth is Willy Paul is still the kid to oust, he’s madly talented but lacks a team that can tame his ego and childish ways.

Here are your 2016 nominees:

Male Artist Of The Year


Daddy Owen
Eko Dydda
Guardian Angel
Jay Maasai

Female Artist Of The Year


Eunice Njeri
Evelyne Wanjiru
Gloria Muliro
Janet Otieno
Mercy Masika
Size 8

Group Of The Year

24 Elders
Christ Cycoz
Kelley Takatifu
S.O.C (Saintz Of Christ)
TPK Sons

New Artist Or Group Of The Year

Bon Mzalendo
Eric Smith
Laura Karwirwa
Mash Mwana

Song Of The Year

Daddy Owen – Vanity
Gloria Mulino – Nido Yako
Kelley Takatifu – Nori
Mercy Masika – Nikupendeze
Size 8 – Afadhali Yesu

Worship Song Of The Year

Abed Ngosso – Kimbilio
Eric Smith – Wewe Ni Zaidi
Eunice Neri – Uka
Evelyne Wanjiru – Nikufahamu
Frank – Jina La Yesu
Lady Bee – Hapuna Kama Wewe

Reggae Or Ragga Song Of The Year

Dafari – Control
Guardian Angel – Give Thanks
JFAM & Omari – Wave
Jam – Mention Jesus
Mr. Googz & Christo Fabulous – Calling
TPK Sons – Ngong Ngong

Hiphop Song Of The Year

Eko Dydda – Nina One
Maluda (Feat. Juliana) – Easy
MC LC – Serrre
P31 – Its Time
Recap – 5 Stones

Album Of The Year

Beth & HPB – Outcry
Daddy Owen – Vanity
Dafari – Preacher Bwoy
Eunice Neri – Uka
Kelley Takatifu – Ndoto Za Kapaa
Mercy D. Lai – Emmanuel

Afro-Pop Song Of The Year

Christ Cycoz – Some More
Daddy Owen – Vanity
Guardian Angel – Rejea
Kelley Takatifu – Nori
Magic Mike & Kris Erroh – Ayaya
SOC(Feat. Levixone) – Mukutu

Collabo Of The Year

24 Elders & Daddy Owen – Okokroko
Everlyne Wanjiru & Vicky Kitonga – Tulia
JFAM & Omari – Wave
Magic Mike & Kris Erroh
Mr. Seed & Pitson – Happy Day
Recap – 5 Stones

Video Of The Year

Daddy Owen – Vanity
Eko Dydda – Haina Budi
Janet Otieno – Roho Wako
Laura Karwirwa
Recapp – 5 Stones
Size 8 – Afadhali Yesu