Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) announce nomination process and online ceremony for 2020

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) is an annual celebration of the best in new Scottish music, placing a spotlight on phenomenal bands and artists across genres. Marking the 11th anniversary of the awards, this year’s live ceremony will take place online at 6.30pm on Wednesday 18 November via a new partnership with leading live streaming platform Twitch.

The ceremony will include live performances from Glasgow quintet Walt Disco, who are known for their eccentric style and 80s new wave and post-punk sound, and Edinburgh DJ, rapper, producer and 2019 SAMA nominee Nova, whose debut solo album Re-Up has won the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award. Radio presenter and DJ Jim Gellatly will be on hosting duties alongside spoken word artist and theatre maker Leyla Josephine.

The shortlist is put together by specialist nominators working across the music industry. Three nominators were allocated to each awards category, given the task of selecting the four acts that would make up the shortlist.

Jamie Houston, Music Officer, Creative Scotland said: “The number of bands and artists to emerge from Scotland every year never fails to astonish. Behind the curtain of the mainstream is a world of talent which demands widespread attention. Thanks to National Lottery players, Creative Scotland is once again able to support the SAMA to celebrate voices and talent from Scotland’s burgeoning hip-hop, grime and metal scenes, as well as electronic, indie and pop.”

A three day public vote will open on Monday 9 November on the SAMA website, with the winners announced live on Twitch on 18 November.

Tickets for the virtual ceremony are available via Eventbrite and include an option to donate to leading music charity Help Musicians Scotland, with funds to be invested back into supporting Scottish musicians. 

Suzanne Miller, Help Musicians Scotland Manager, said: “Help Musicians Scotland is so pleased to be supporting the Best Hip Hop Award at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards in this extraordinary year. We know how uniquely difficult 2020 has been for musicians; with so many still unable to perform it has been, and continues to be, both emotionally and financially challenging. That’s why this year’s SAMAs are perhaps more important than ever before, offering us all a moment to reflect on the incredible power of music, in all its various genres, that has kept us going and lifted our spirits exactly when we’ve needed it. Congratulations to all of the brilliant musicians nominated this year.”

Run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Drygate Brewing, Help Musicians, Musicians’ Union and more, the SAMAs are set to provide a great night of music celebration, which can be enjoyed by fans and industry professionals from anywhere in the world.


The 2020 SAMA nominations are:

Best Acoustic (sponsored by BTO BeCreative) Bobby Kakouris Fair Mothers Jenny Sturgeon Man of the Minch

Best Electronic (sponsored by citizenM hotels) Lady Neptune Pleasure Pool TAAHLIAH Tommy Perman

Best Hip Hop (sponsored by Help Musicians Scotland) CLING India Ros3 LOTOS Louis Seivwright

Best Live Act (sponsored by Musicians Union) Callum Easter Free Love Kapil Seshasayee Still House Plants

Best Metal (sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow) Bleed From Within King Witch Neshiima Saor

Best Newcomer (sponsored by The Academy of Music & Sound) Nathan Somevi Kohla TAAHLIAH Tamzene

Best Rock/Alternative (sponsored by Rock Rose Gin) Dead Pony Fauves HYYTS Pleasure Heads

For more information on the awards visit:  | @officialSAMA on social networks.