Six interesting things at the 2017 Groove Awards

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By THOMAS MATIKO
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The 12th annual Groove Awards went down at a colourful ceremony Thursday night at the KICC where Mercy Masika and Eko Dydda emerged as the top winners in the Female and Male Artistes of The Year categories. Some intriguing things went on at the ceremony:

SIZE 8 REBORN WENT HOME EMPTY-HANDED
Famous musician Size 8 aka Mama Wambo walked away empty-handed at the awards ceremony despite having been nominated in three categories. This year, Size 8 was the artiste with highest number of nominations making the shortlist nominees ahead of the gala award for Female Artiste of the Year, Song of The Year  for her song ”Pale Pale” and Video of The Year categories. Her husband DJ Moh too was nominated for the DJ of the year but lost to DJ Ruff.

PISTON WON DESPITE ASKING NOT TO BE NOMINATED
In an interview with Heads Up, Piston, who rode to fame in 2015 with his  hit song ”Lingala ya Yesu” asked not to be nominated for the awards saying he would be pissed off if they did.

“I want to focus on my album which is long overdue. I am guided by God and this is my year to stay away and work on my music and brand,” he said.

When he was asked what his reaction would be if he was nominated, he said: “I will be pissed off and will not take it lightly because organisers are aware of it. I believe men give awards and God gives awards.” Looks like the Groove Awards organisers ignored his words because he was nominated for the categories of Male Artiste of the Year and Songwriter of the Year which he won.

SAUTI SOL’S BIEN BARAZA BOOED
Bien was booed in his speech just before the group announced the winner of the Afro pop Song of the year category award that went to Kymo & Stiga of the ”Thitima” anthem. Taking to the podium praising the award Bien said; “It’s amazing to be part of such Awards. Sauti Sol met 15 years ago back in high school when we started as a gospel group…” However he was cut short with boos from the crowd which may have felt he was trying to steal the show.

BIGGER REWARDS FOR THE WINNERS
Winners walked home with more than just a trophy. All various winners in each category got car fuel worth Sh100, 000 from Shell, one of the Awards sponsors. Kenya Airways that also chipped in and offered a return ticket for the winners for a destination of their choice. Male and Female Artiste of the Year Mercy Masika and Eko Dydda were also awarded with brand new iPhone 7s worth Sh76,000 each plus Safaricom airtime worth Sh10,000.

MERCY MASIKA MAKES HISTORY WITH MOST AWARDS
Mercy Masika seems to be on a winning streak. She made history  by winning her third award in Female Artiste of the Year category. This makes her the first female musician to win that coveted award many times than any other since its inception back in 2004. Her achievement can only be matched by male counterpart Daddy Owen who won Male Artiste of the year back to back from 2009 to 2011.
Masika won her first Female artiste of the Year back in 2008 when she also won Artiste of the year for her hit song ”Amukomete”. Last year, she won Female Artiste of the Year as well as Song of the Year. Only Emmy Kosgei comes close with two awards for female artist of the year in 2010 and 2012.

COMEDIANS, SECULAR ARTISTS SHOWED SUPPORT
Even though Kevin Bahati and  Willy Paul, did not show up for the award ceremony in what was seen by many as a sign of protest for being left out, comedians and secular musicians took their slots to show support for their colleague with big stars such such as Jaguar, Juliani, Nameless, Wahu, Eric Omondi and Sauti Sol, Chipuukeezy, Njush among others attending in a show of solidarity. Sauti Sol even got a chance to present an award and asked the organisers to think of coming up with a secular award equivalent to the Groove Awards.

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