willybahaWhen the Groove Awards nominees were unveiled Tuesday, April 26 at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi, two big names – Bahati and Willy Paul were conspicuously missing.

As a result, a lot of speculations have emerged on why the two seasoned nominees missed out. Popular word on the street has it that they missed out for not living a Christian life.

Well, according to a Groove Awards nominations panelist, they did not necessarily miss out because of their ‘unchristian’ ways. Speaking to Mambo Mseto’s Mzazi Willy M. Tuva, Andrew Alovi, said that nominees are chosen on four criteria: Eligibility period, Music quality, Content and Godly Character.

Therefore, Willy Paul and Bahati and a lot more gospel artists may have missed out on the nomination list because they did not fulfill all four criteria.

Willy Tuva also reached out to both Bahati and Willy Paul to respond to being left out.

According to Bahati, he did not expect to be among the nominees as his sights were not set on Groove Awards 2016. He said that when he started music, he envisioned being Kenya’s top artist for only two years before spreading his wings to the larger African continent. He added that he is now on another level and is targeting MTV Awards and Channel O Awards.

Willy Paul on the other hand said that he was okay with missing out, adding that he was too gifted to be worried about being left out. He further said that Groove Awards was trying to set the gospel industry straight after lots of issues.

Here is that interview: