FAQ’S

 

WHAT IS GROOVE AWARDS?

Groove Awards is the annual awards ceremony held annually in Kenya (and now in Rwanda) that seeks to promote, expose and celebrate Gospel talent in Kenya and East Africa. Groove Awards honours outstanding excellence in the Gospel Music Industry across areas of songwriting, performance, audio-visual production and media. Founded in 2004, Groove Awards has honored over 600 artists and groups and handed out hundreds of statuettes.

WHAT IS THE THEME FOR THE 2018 GROOVE AWARDS?

The 2018 Groove Awards theme is “REBUILD. RECLAIM. RESTORE”, and is based around the Biblical narrative of Nehemiah 2:17-18. In that story, Nehemiah grieved at the fact that the walls of his beloved city lay in ruins, and is calling on the people to rebuild the walls. In our context, we live in a time where everywhere we look, we see the devastating effects of our world’s brokenness; whether in our families, relationships, schools and workplaces, and national and international politics. Our call is to use music, and every other tool at our disposal, to speak a messages that will provide the restoration that our culture and our society so desperately needs.”

WHERE CAN I FIND THE FULL LIST OF 2018 NOMINEES?

Find the complete list of 2018 nominees HERE

HOW DO ARTISTS/THE PUBLIC SUBMIT THEIR WORK FOR CONSIDERATION?

For the 2018 ballot, a submission portal was opened between the 24th and 31st of May 2018 to allow both the public and the music fraternity to submit names and musical works that they deemed fit for nominations. This year we received well over 70,000 submissions across 18 different voting categories.

The Groove Awards panel, comprised of members of the press, prominent DJs and presenters and other industry stakeholders, then have the task of sifting through the nominees, ensuring they meet the criteria, and shortlisting the most popular amongst them. These are then presented to the press and public at the Groove Nomination Night, this year scheduled for the 6th of June 2018.

HOW ARE THE WINNERS SELECTED?

Being predominantly a people’s choice awards, public voting is in place. Nominees are presented to the public, who are then invited to vote for their preferred nominee via platforms such as SMS, USSD and online voting. At the close of the voting period, votes are weighted between the various platforms and Groove Awards panel, and winners thereafter announced.

 

HOW DO I VOTE FOR MY FAVOURITE ARTIST?

There are a number of ways to vote.

  • One, log on to www.grooveawards.co.ke and click not he VOTE NOW button and thereafter select your favourite nominees.
  • Two, SMS the Word “GROOVE” then space followed by the NOMINEE CODE to 811 (nominee codes will be made available shortly).
  • Three, dial *811# and follow the prompts (after 7th June 2018).

Voting starts on the 7th of June 2017 and ends at midnight on the 23rd of June 2018.

 

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I VOTE? 

Via the online platform, each number or email can vote not more than TEN times in every 24 hour cycle.
Via the SMS and USSD platforms, each unique number is allowed one vote per per number within a 24 hour cycle.
Please note that only unique numbers/votes are tabulated.

HOW ARE THE WINNERS SELECTED?

Being predominantly a people’s choice awards, public voting is in place. Nominees are presented to the public, who are then invited to vote for their preferred nominee via platforms such as SMS, USSD and online voting. At the close of the voting period, votes are weighted between the various platforms and Groove Awards panel, and winners thereafter announced.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THE NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCESSES ARE SOUND? 

Groove Awards is committed to the highest standards of integrity, transparency and equity. We ensure that our voting platforms are secured with multiple levels of encryption, which are upgraded with each passing year.
In addition, Groove engages the services of one of the world’s largest multinational professional services firm, Ernst & Young, that proves both advisory services as well as a thorough system audit.

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION?

Check out our Nomination Rule Book HERE.

WHAT CATEGORIES ARE NOT UP FOR PUBLIC VOTING? 

Categories not up for public voting include:

HOW ARE THE WINNERS SELECTED?

  • Quality control categories – Outstanding contributor to the Industry
  • Dance Group of the Year – Here dance groups are invited to send Groove a short video of a recorded performance, and this is placed on our website for voting.
  • Skiza Ringback Tone Category – Awarded to the song that receives the highest number of downloads during the Groove Awards season

WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE GROOVE AWARDS TAKE PLACE?

The 2018 Groove Awards will take place at a black-tie event at the Moi International Sports Centre’s indoor gymnasium on the 24th of June.

CAN I PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE AWARDS?

This year, for the first time, Groove Awards will open up ticketing to the public to attend the event. Tickets will be made available from the 7th of June 2018

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