Madaraka Day witnessed the crowning of top gospel industry performers at the 12th edition of the Annual Groove Awards ceremony.
Established artistes, as well as new entrants to the industry, took home the coveted trophies amid cheers, tears and spectacular fireworks displays.
The biggest winners of the day were the Male and Female Artistes of the Year who took home a generous package of the trophy, an iPhone with Sh10,000 worth of airtime from Safaricom, a return trip to a destination of their choice from Kenya Airways, a fully sponsored vacation to the Maasai Mara, fuel worth Sh100,000 courtesy of Shell, Little cab taxi fare worth Sh50,000 and the honour of being a Groove ambassador for 12 months.
The Male Artiste of the Year Award went to the social activist and father of two Eko Dydda.
He also won the Hip Hop Song of the Year category for his song Vidole.
Some gospel industry giants won awards for the same category they have won for more than five consecutive years such as Eva Mwalili for the Radio Presenter of the Year, and her show Gospel Sunday on Milele FM as the Best Radio Show.
Video Producer Sammy Dee also won the award for Video Producer of the Year and expressed that he had already won the award too many times before.
The Audio Producer of the Year award went to Majic Mike, Songwriter of the Year went to Pitson while the Album of the Year was awarded to Pastor Anthony Musembi for "Optimo Worship".
An emotional Weezdom took home the Best New Artist Award, Dj Ruff carried the day as DJ of the Year as well as TV Show of the Year for his show Angaza, Reggae/Ragga Song of the Year went to Generali by Hope Kid and the Worship Song of the Year was awarded to Patakatifu Pako by Eric Smith.
Musicians from various regions of the country were also rewarded at the ceremony.
Rift Valley Counties Song of the Year went to Maggy Cheruiyot for her song Atiriren, the Nyanza Counties Song of the Year went to Jakayuda Iberna by Joan Amayo, Western Counties Song of the Year was won by Khubira Byosi by Timothy Kitui featuring Ole Willy, Central Counties Song of the Year was awarded to Jane Muthoni for her song Geria Ringi, Coastal Counties Song of the was taken by the daughter of veteran televangelist William Lai - Mercy D. Lai - for her song Yuko Nawe and Eastern Counties Song of the Year went to Stephen Kasolo for his song Yesu nde Compe.
The ceremony also awarded the Safaricom's Skiza Ringback Tunes that were most downloaded for the year, 2nd runner-up went to Aina Noma by Kelele Takatifu, runner-up was Pale Pale by Size 8 and Mercy Masika's latest hit Shule Yako (Nifunze) came first.
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