Timeless Noel reigns supreme at Groove Awards with five awards – PHOTOS
Upcoming singer Timeless Noel was the toast of this year’s Groove Awards show, scooping up five awards including the coveted Song of the Year for his hit “Odi Dance”.
The singer was feted at the star-studded event which took place on Sunday at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani.
Noel also walked away with Dance of the Year, Most Downloaded Skiza Tune, Hype man of the Year and Collabo of the Year.
The show, held at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani, indoor arena attracted the glitterati in the gospel industry, who were all eager to show case their fashion tastes.
Controversial singer Willy Paul, often bullied online for what people say are shallow lyrics, made his comeback in the awards this year after missing out on the last two editions, winning Music Video of The Year for his song ‘Jigi jigi’.
However, to the audience’s surprise, the singer declined the award, handing it over to upcoming artiste Weezdom who was nominated in the same category.
In his acceptance speech Willy Paul said he believed Weezdom deserved the award more than he did as he had worked very hard and produced a better video than his.
Other big winners of the night included the late Angela Chibalonza who was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to the industry.
‘Kuna dawa’ hit maker Esther Wahome received the award on behalf of Chibalonza’s family who skipped the event.
Guardian Angel of the sensational ‘Nadeka’ hit bagged the Artist of the Year Award, as NTV’s Crossover host DJ Mo won the Media Personality of the Year Award.
Speaking during his acceptance speech, Guardian Angel called upon gospel artistes to produce more music that glorifies God saying Nadeka came to him at his lowest and it became the song that got him the recognition that he had so yearned for years.
Speaking at the event, Groove Awards founder Kevin Mulei said this year’s event was more inclusive in response and had attracted a wider range of stars than previous editions. This was the 13th edition of the event.
“We made a myriad
of changes in how we have run the awards previously for more public inclusion and we are so happy that the changes were received very well both by the artists and the public. This is the biggest production in Kenya and by far Africa involving Artists, Dancers, DJs and Top Producers,” he said.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to shape youth culture positively and are very proud of the work the Gospel artists continue to put in to advance the kingdom business. We are even more proud today to be able to celebrate them, those that took home an award and those that did not alike,” he added.
Among the highlights of the ceremony were throwback show-stopping performances by Mercy Masika, Joyce Omondi, Mercy Wairegi, Pitson, Rebecca Soki amongst others who took to stage some of Kenyan biggest hits supported by the Groove Band.
Winners in each category were selected based on the number of votes by the public, a two-week long process that began soon after the Groove Nominations Night earlier in the month.
A winner’s concert is slated on July 8, this year 2018 at the Embu Municipal Council Stadium and will see all winners meet their fans to celebrate.
Here is the full list of winners:
Artiste of the year – Guardian Angel
Song of the year – Odi Dance
Teen’s song of the year – Chini ya Mwamba by Masterpiece
Breakthrough Artist of the year – Jabidii
Hip Hop song of the year – Cheki Vile by Eko Dyda
Reggae song of the year – Shoot Satan by Jabidii
Praise & Worship song of the year – Haniachi by Reuben Kigame ft Gloria Muliro
Collabo of the year – Odi Dance by Timeless Noel, Jabidii and Hype Ochi
Music video of the year – Jigi Jigi by Willy Paul
Dance style/song of the year – Odi Dance by Timeless Noel, Jabidii and Hype Ochi
Media personality of the year – DJ Mo
Hypeman/MC of the year – Timeless Noel
Breakthrough DJ of the year – DJ Terots
Western Counties song of the year – Come to me by Fenny Kerubo
Eastern Counties song of the year- Kiwango Kingi by Wilberforce Musyoka
Rift Valley Counties song of the year – Arusi by Cyrus Koech
Coastal Counties song of the year – Watangoja Sana by Anastacia Mukabwa
Central Counties song of the year – Irema by Shiro wa GP
Outstanding contributor of the industry award – Angela Chibalonza
Songwriter award of the year – Reuben Kigame