Gloria Muliro and Mercy Masika battle it out for prestigious award

It's one of the most tightly contested spots.

The event saw artistes nominated in 19 categories with surprise new entries into some of the most tightly contested spots.

Scoring the highest number of nods is Jabidii, who led with an impressive 7 nominations including Song of the Year and Teens Choice Song of the Year (in which he received 2 nominations) Breakthrough Artist of the year, Collabo of the year and Dance style/song of the Year in which he also received 2 nominations.

Gloria Muliro followed closely with 6 nominations in Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, twice under the Praise and Worship Song of the Year, Collabo of the Year and Western Counties song of the Year categories.

This year Male artist, Female artists and Group of the year categories have been revamped and collapsed into one category - Artist of the Year becoming the most coveted award of the season. The contenders in this category include the reigning Female and Male artists of the year – Mercy Masika- who received 3 and Eko Dydda 2 nominations respectively.

Other nominees in the Artist of the Year category are Guardian Angel, Moji Short Babaa, Gloria Muliro and hip-hop group Recapp.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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