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  • Alistair Braidwood

Rock The Vote: The 2020 SAMAs Are Now Open…

Updated: May 7, 2021

The public vote for this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards (the SAMAs) is now open for you to make your mark, which you can do here –

Voting is open for three days (9th – 11th Nov) so don’t leave it too long to vote for and support your favourite musicians from the various shortlists put forward by nominators from across the music industry.

Find out more about this year’s nominees here – 2020 SAMA’s Nominees

I’ve been honoured to have been involved as one of the nominators for several years now (this year alongside Jess Partridge and Kapil Seshasayee for the Best Newcomer category) and can assure you the process is taken very seriously (with every potential nominee put forward keenly discussed and debated) by everyone involved who are, no matter what their role, music lovers at heart.

You can find out more about the process, as well as a list of all the categories and nominators, here – 2020 SAMA’s Categories and Nominators

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The 2020 SAMA nominations are…

Best Newcomer (sponsored by The Academy of Music & Sound)

Best Acoustic (sponsored by BTO BeCreative)

Best Hip Hop (sponsored by Help Musicians Scotland)

Best Electronic (sponsored by citizenM hotels)

Best Rock/Alternative (sponsored by Rock Rose Gin)

Best Live Act (sponsored by Musicians Union)

Best Metal (sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow)

The winners will be announced at the virtual SAMAs ceremony, which will be hosted by SWH! Podcast guest Leyla Josephine and legendary DJ Jim Gellatly, and will also feature live sets from SAY Award winner Nova, and the magnificent Walt Disco.

Tickets for the event can be secured at Eventbrite, and you can also donate to music charity Help Musicians Scotland who do great work supporting Scottish musicians.

To get you in the mood, here’s a playlist featuring this year’s nominees


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