Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) have announced the nominees for the 12th annual awards today, with winners announced at the live ceremony taking place at St Lukes and the Winged Ox on Saturday 17th November 2021.

Read the full list of nominees here.

We are a proud longterm partner of the SAMA Awards, which were created to celebrate the rich creativity and innovation of music created by some of the best emerging artists in Scotland. We couldn’t be prouder to see some of our Glasgow alumni included in this list of nominees spanning a variety of categories, find out more about them below.

Image showing the nominees for best acoustic at the 2021 SAMA Awards, including AMS Alumni Lizzie ReidBest Acoustic: Lizzie Reid

AMS Alumni Lizzie is nominated for Best Acoustic at this years SAMA Awards. After her involvement in a number of successful projects across Scotland including Dead Pony, Lizzie has gone on to release her music solo. Her debut EP, ‘Cubicle’ was widely acclaimed by both the media and listeners. Lizzie has grown an audience of over 110,000 monthly listeners on Spotify in just over a year, securing editorial playlist positioning on the platform as well as Tidal and support from the likes of BBC Tune, Radio 1 and BBC 6 Radio. As well as her SAMA nomination, Lizzie recently reached the long list of the 2021 Scottish Album of the Year Award. She has achieved a massive amount in the past year and we wish her all the best of luck at the awards! 

Image showing the nominees for best mental at the 2021 SAMA Awards, including AMS Alumni god eaterBest Metal: Godeater

Death metal 5 piece, Godeater may be building a ferocious reputation across the UK but they’re still proudly repping the Scottish Metal scene at this years SAMA Awards. Forming in 2016 the band have been working hard for a number of years to get to this point. Their innovative use of platforms such as Twitch, streaming live to their audience twice a week chatting all things metal music and connecting with their fans really sets them apart. They have also gathered a significant following on streaming platforms, with their recent single ‘You Are No Exception’ reaching over 45,000 streams as well as support across the rest of their releases including airplay on Kerrang! Radio. They have performed across numerous UK festivals this year including Bloodstock, if you missed it can catch the band live on tour with Osiah and Bound In Air later this year. 


Best Live Act: Tom Spirals

Image showing the nominees for best live act at the 2021 SAMA Awards, including AMS alumni Tom SpiralsTom Spirals, is the first reggae/dub act ever nominated for Best Live Act award at the SAMA’s! Tom has taken his music all over the world, performing in Australia, South America and countries across Europe to name a few but his work within the reggae and dub scene in Scotland is what brings him into the spotlight for this award.

Tom is a resident of Walk N Skank, the weekly club night said to have an “international vibe with Scottish heart” that has taken place at The Berkeley Suite in Glasgow for the past 9 years. Developing a massive online community of reggae, dub, dancehall and bass fans the club night is a true institution that has bought people from all over the world together. Tom has also been releasing music for a number of years, his latest single ‘Dub Club’ created with Tiberias Towa gathered support from Don Letts on BBC Radio 6 and the Scottish BBC Introducing show. The first single from Tom’s most recent project ‘An Dannsa Dub’ is set to release this Friday and we can’t wait to hear it! 

You can find the full list of nominees here, we can’t wait to see who takes home each award at the ceremony later this month. There will also be a number of live performances across the evening from Union of Knives, Taahliah and LVRA, the first winner of The Sound of Young Scotland Award.

Tickets for the event are £10, available from Eventbrite on sale now.

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