Over 8,000 votes were cast for the SAM Awards' people’s choice categories, and a panel of 15 local and interstate judges have locked in their picks for the hottest in the industry. Here’s who made the cut.
This year’s South Australian Music Awards finalists are in
Each year, the South Australian Music Awards are split between the People’s Choice Awards, determined by a public ballot, and the SAM awards, decided by a panel of national industry professionals.
Music SA has just announced the shortlist for both categories, with the winners to be awarded at this year’s COVID-safe SAM Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 3 November.
To accommodate appropriate distancing and current health protocols, this year’s SAM Awards will be an alfresco occasion, held by the University of Adelaide’s cloisters. Pizzateca will provide slices under the stars, accompanied by live performances from a lineup of artists who will be announced in coming weeks.
Jess Day, Kaurna Cronin, Lonelyspeck, Motez, Ollie English and Stellie are all up for Best Solo Artist, while J-Milla, Jessica Wishart, Nathan May, Sonz of Serpents and Tunu will compete for Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist.
EAST AV3, Slowmango, SEABASS, TOWNS, Venice Queens and Wing Defence are gunning for Best Group. And there are some repeat offenders in contest for Best New Artist: EAST AV3, Slowmango, SEABASS, Siberian Tiger and Cat Lucky.
A still from Motez’ live recording of EP Soulitude. Click here to watch the whole video.
There will also be a totally new award, proudly presented by CityMag: Best Innovation. This is a shout out to the quick thinkers in the local industry who developed new avenues for musicians to connect with audiences while we were all holed up at home.
There will be another two new categories unveiled on the night: Best Live Technician and Best Educator. For the rundown of the nominees of these categories, scroll to the bottom of this article.
Music SA general manager Kim Roberts says while the music community has proved it can adapt, she’s stoked to be able to hold this year’s SAM Awards in person, rather than over Zoom.
“I’m thrilled that we can catch up in person for a COVID-safe SAM Awards. While the eligibility stretches back to last August, it’s lovely to be able to acknowledge great music, events and achievements during such a rough year,” she says.
“I don’t envy the judging panel and the public voting on such excellent nominees.”
See the full list of nominees below.
INDUSTRY VOTED AWARDS
BEST STUDIO (Presented by Adelaide Music Collective)
Adelaide Recording Studios
Island Recording Studios
Spare Second Studio
Stone Shed Studio
Wundenberg’s Recording and Rehearsal Studio
BEST STUDIO ENGINEER (Presented by SAE Institute Adelaide)
BEST LIVE TECHNICIAN (Presented by Novatech)
BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL/EVENT (Presented by Pirate Life)
Day of Clarity
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Adelaide
BEST SMALL FESTIVAL/EVENT (Presented by UniBar Adelaide)
Field Good Festival
PAK: Live at Wundenbergs Stonecutters
The Porch Sessions
BEST VENUE (Presented by AHA – SA Branch)
Crown and Anchor Hotel
Grace Emily Hotel
Lion Arts Factory
The Wheatsheaf Hotel
BEST COVER ART (Presented by Version Design)
Dave Court for DyspOra – AUSTRALIEN
Jack Fenby for Cat Lucky – Pressure (Everybody Wants To Know You)
Jack Fenby for The Empty Threats – $2
Julie Thornberg-Thorsoe for Kaurna Cronin – Glitter or Dust
Todd Fischer for Lost Woods – Shaping Distant Memories
BEST MANAGER (Presented by Association of Artist Managers)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Presented by Channel 44)
Uomo – All I Hear (Bottleneck Studios)
EAST AV3 – Le Labo
Harry Nelli (Venice Queens) – Punchdrunk
Lonelyspeck – My Angel Goes Before Me
Motez, Pilot Studio, Mapped Design, Daggers Production, Kelsee Pedler – Soulitude
BEST SONG (Presented by APRA AMCOS)
EAST AV3 – Le Labo
Stellie – How Do We Look So Good?
Jess Day – Affection
St Jacques – In Faith
Naomi Keyte – Travelling Woman
BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by WOMADelaide)
BEST GROUP (Presented by Derringers Music)
BEST ABORIGINAL/TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTIST (Presented by Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music)
Sonz of Serpents
BEST SOLO ARTIST (Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre)
BEST RELEASE (Presented by themusic.com.au)
EAST AV3 – Rugrats
Lonelyspeck – Abyssal Body
Motez – Soulitude
Ollie English – Reality of Love
Wing Defence – Friends
BEST MUSIC EDUCATOR (Presented by SAMII)
BEST INNOVATION (Presented by CityMag)
Mosaic Audio Visual Play/Pause/Play
Sunny Side Uploads
Thursday Night Knock Offs – Sparkke at the Whitmore
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS FINALISTS
BLUES & ROOTS (Presented by Radio Adelaide)
COUNTRY (Presented by Grace Emily Hotel)
Cassidy Rae Gaiter
ELECTRONIC (Presented by Moshtix)
EXPERIMENTAL (Presented by Ancient World)
Sons of Zöku
The Empty Threats
FOLK (Presented by The Wheatsheaf Hotel)
HEAVY (Presented by Enigma)
NO NO NO NO NO Terminal Zero
HIP HOP (Presented by The Gov)
We Move Like Giants
JAZZ (Presented by Elder Conservatorium)
Nick Pennington & Angus Mason
The Boys Club
POP (Presented by Jive)
PUNK (Presented by Three D Radio)
ROCK (Presented by Crown and Anchor)
Horror My Friend
Oscar the Wild
SOUL/FUNK/R&B (Presented by Woodville Town Hall)
Legs of Ivar