Artist of the Year

Artist/group should:

• Be hugely popular and have considerable appeal across the country

• Must have at least two songs that have received significant airplay across various mainstream media platforms

• The artist must have positive Gospel music

Song of the Year

The song should:

• Be hugely popular and have national appeal

• Have received significant media rotation across different mediums

• Be in either the English or Swahili language

• The corresponding audio producer will also receive an award

Teens' Choice Song of the Year

The song should:

• Be hugely popular and have specific appeal to the teen market

• Have received significant media rotation across different mediums

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

The Artist must:

• Have created musical content that received significant mass public appeal within the eligibility period

• Have gotten their first breakthrough within the eligibility period

• Not have been nominated for a Groove Award before, other than as a featured artist

Hip-Hop Song of the Year

• The song must Contain at least 80% rap

Reggae/Ragga Song of the Year

• The instrumentation of the song primarily consists of the specified genre (a ragga/raggae beat)

Praise & Worship Song of the Year

• The song can be sang congregationally for praise & worship

Collabo of the Year

The song must:

• Be hugely popular

• Have received significant media rotation across different mediums

• The song must be undisputedly co-shared

• All featured artists must be Gospel musicians

Music Video of the Year

• The picture quality of the video must be clear and of high production quality

• The video must display high standards of creativity and originality

• The corresponding video producer will also receive an award

Dance Style/Song

• The dance style must be attributed to a particular song

• The dance style must be hugely popular and have mass appeal

Media Personality

• The personality must be either a presenter, DJ or VJ on an existing mainstream TV / Radio station

• The personality must be on a current music and entertainment Gospel TV/radio program

Hypeman / MC of the Year

The Artist must

• Have regularly performed or hosted popular Gospel music events during the eligibility period

Breakthrough DJ of the Year

The DJ must:

• Have gotten their breakthrough within the eligibility period

• Have performed at various known Gospel events or regularly featured on a radio/TV show in mainstream media

• Have not received a prior Groove Award nomination

Regional Categories

• One must be from the specified region either by birth or residence.

• One must perform in a language that is common to that region

• This category accommodates choirs, groups, collabos and solo artists.

• The style of the song must be indigenous to that area.

Eastern Counties Song of the Year:

Western Counties Song of the Year:

Rift Counties Song of the Year:

Nyanza Counties Song of the Year:

Central Counties Song of the Year:

Coastal Counties Song of the Year:


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