General Ground Rules For All Categories.

  • The music must be positive Gospel music
  • The music must be of good sound quality.
  • The music must be commercially released in Kenya within the Eligibility Year: April 1st 2017 to March 31st 2018 through recognized distribution channels.

The term “Commercially Released” means that the Album is available to view or purchase and released
through any of the following mediums:

  • Public album Launch
  • Radio
  • TV
  • YouTube and other digital distribution platforms
  • Broadcast through mass media TV or Radio
  • The artist must live a Christian lifestyle

DIVISION I

To nominate for the Song of the Year category, 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

To nominate for the Teens Choice Song of the Year category, the song should:

  • Be hugely popular and have specific appeal to the teen market
  • Have received significant media rotation across different mediums

To nominate for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category, 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 art

To nominate for the Praise & Worship Song of the Year category:

  • The music can be sang congregationally for praise & worship

To nominate for the Collabo of the Year Groove Awards category:

  • Be hugely popular
  • Have received significant media rotation across different mediums
  • All featured artists must be Gospel musicians
  • The song must be undisputedly co-shared

To nominate for the Music Video of the Year category:

  • The picture quality of the video must be clear and of high production quality
  • The video must display high standards of creativity and originality

DIVISION II

To nominate for the Dance Style/Song category:

  • The dance style must be attributed to a particular song
  • The dance style must be hugely popular and have mass appeal

To nominate for the Media Personality category:

  • 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

To nominate for Songwriter of the Year category:

  • The Artists’ music must have a track record of consistency.
  •  The Award goes to the writer of the song.

To nominate for Hypeman / MC of the year, the artist must:

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

To nominate for Breakthrough DJ of the Year category, 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

DIVISION III

To nominate for the 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.