NEWS: Scottish Alternative Music Award (SAMA) Winners announced

NEWS: Scottish Alternative Music Award (SAMA) Winners announced

Seven of the most talented acts in Scotland were recognised at a prize-giving ceremony at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s on December 8.

The event was hosted by new music champion Jim Gellatly and poet Leyla Josephine. The ceremony in Glasgow’s East End also included live performances from songwriter Becky Sikasa, theatrical electro rockers VLURE and all female rap trio The Honey Farm. Award presentations were from Vic Galloway and Phoebe Inglis-Holmes of BBC Scotland, comedian and actress Karen Dunbar, and former SAMA Best Live Act winner and rap artist Bemz.

The winners were as follows:

Best Acoustic sponsored by BTO BeCreative – Linzi Clark

Best Electronic sponsored by citizenM hotels – Kintra

Best Hip Hop sponsored by Help Musicians – Becca Starr

Best Live Act sponsored by Musicians’ Union – Hannah Laing

Best Metal sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow – Catalysis

Best Newcomer sponsored by The Academy of Music & Sound – Pocket Monica

Best Rock/Alternative sponsored by Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox – Gallus

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, said: “Yet again the SAMAs are ahead of the curve, setting the musical agenda by throwing a spotlight on Scotland’s ones-to-watch. This year’s award winners aren’t just champions of alternative genres, they also draw attention to vibrant pockets of activity in overlooked parts of the country. It’s great to see Dundee get recognition in several categories for its diverse scene, reminding us that this truly is the city of discovery. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees who keep our listening habits fresh and exciting.”

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