Kenyan gospel singer Bahati says he did not make online submission to Groove Awards team.
Bahati vehemently refutes claims that the omission of his name among nominees of Groove Awards 2016 was as a result of him “leading a non-Christian life.”
The nominees for the 11th edition of Groove Awards were unveiled on 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. Bahati did not show up at the event.
Media reports previously said that 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.
Bahati now reveals he did not want to be nominated in this year’s Groove Awards; as he wishes to give a chance to new artistes to shine.
“I did not submit my name to the Groove team for consideration in this year’s Groove Awards – not even in one category. You can confirm with them. I did not go to Groove Camp or Groove Awards Nomination night,” Bahti told eDaily.
“I want to give upcoming artistes a chance to shine. If I had featured, probably I would win again – and what would be left for new crop of gospel artistes?
“So, it was purely my decision – and not what is being said: that I am not leading a Christian life,” Bahati said.
Above and beyond, the Barua star says his eyes are set on international platform.
“This year, my eyes are set on international awards – I see it wise to let upcoming artistes shine in the local feting ceremonies. My fans have been loyal to me and I owe them something new – and that something new, is sweeping the international scene with quality gospel music,” Bahati observed.
Groove 2016 winners will be announced on June 1 at the Gala Awards ceremony to be held in Nairobi.