After being snubbed by the team that gave him the Male Artist of the Year in 2015, gospel singer Bahati has finally spoken out.
Apparently, the Mama singer is unfazed by the fact that the Groove Awards team left him out of the 2016 nominations – an exclusion that was attributed to “unchristian” behavior.
Well, Bahati is nothing but thankful.
“Thank you Lord for giving me the most loyal fans… Lord I thank you for the Kingship you’ve given me the last 3 Years in Kenya Music. Smiling now ready for the next new glory,” he posted.
In 2015, Bahati was the biggest winner at the annual fete, bagging four awards. The gospel star had been riding a wave after releasing hit after hit – a success that endeared him to the Kenyan public.
Things, however, took a turn for the negative when he was accused of picking fights with other people in the gospel industry.
Bahati accused fellow gospel singer Willy Paul of stealing his song, and the two exchanged tart words publicly – a fall out that did not sit well with many fans.
Not long after, Bahati accused Daddy Owen of shortchanging Mbona collaborator Denno – accusations that Owen vehemently denied.
Shortly after this, Bahati and Denno released a collabo, leading many to question whether the whole thing was a publicity stunt for theirs single: Story Yangu.
Others went to the extent of accusing Bahati of being fame centered, to that Bahati said: “My biggest prayer is more souls for the kingdom and as God lifts me higher…Humility shall never depart from me.”
For those who think that this would dim her shine, Bahati said: “…Smiling now for the next new glory. It’s time for Africa.”
The nominees for the 11th edition of Groove Awards were unveiled Tuesday, April 26 at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.
The event’s big surprise was the conspicuous absence of the names of gospel bigwigs Bahati and Willy Paul in the list of nominees.
Groove Awards organizers ostensibly reached the decision not to feature the pair in 2016 Groove Awards after Bahati and Willy Paul spent a better part of their second half of 2015 antagonizing each other – an example that obviously isn’t Christian in nature.
Perhaps the two will feature in the nominations list of 2017 after they completely bury the hatchet.