The Star (Nairobi)

4 June 2013

Kenya: Pomp and Glamour At 8th Groove Awards

Kris, Kelele Takatifu and Alemba Performance Groove awards 2012 ( Resource: Artists Performm At Groove awards 2012

On Saturday evening all roads led to the KICC, as the eighth edition of gospel fete Groove Awards got underway. The annual event attracted the society's 'who-is-who', with President Uhuru Kenyatta as the chief guest.

There was tight security in and around the venue, as guests streamed in in droves to witness the fete. During the event, Willy Paul and Gloria Muliro were the biggest winners, as the pair scooped the Male and Female Artiste of the Year Awards respectively.

"I feel honoured by this award. I feel elated that I have finally won a Groove award. I have had so many nominations in many different categories in the past, but tonight is a special night for me," said a joyous Gloria.

According to Willy Paul, his win was "purely a surprise. I was not expecting it all." After being dodged by a sex controversy for the past several months, Willy felt that the win was a God's manifestation that "when He wants to use you in His work, it does not matter the time and obstacles facing you. I now feel confident and loved by my fans and to God be the glory."

Other winners of the night included Bahati, Christina Shusho, Exodus, David Mambo, Mercy Wairegi, Hope Kid, BMF, DJ Mo, Jimmy Gait, Makena, radio/TV presenter Anthony Ndiema, tv show Crossover 101, Joyce Omondi, Mercy D. Lai, Hellenah Ken, Christine Atieno and producer Bizzy B.

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