You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night for the SA Music Awards. The weather was stunning and the outdoor setting of the Adelaide UniBar College Green worked beautifully.
Even a few raindrops didn’t dampen spirits as SA’s music industry came together for the first time in a long time to celebrate the outstanding talent we have in our state.
Across 29 industry voted and people’s choice award categories, the event saw some of our favourite songwriters, performers and industry personnel walk away with trophies including multiple award winners Motez and Wing Defence.
Hosted by Three D Radio’s Isaac Selby, the night featured performances by 2020 SAM Award nominees J-MILLA, Lonelyspeck, Chelsea Manor and winners of the Emily Burrows award, SEABASS.
Local legends Ollie English, Naomi Keyte, Towns and Siberian Tiger were also recognised (full list below).
Our photographer Kay Cann was there to snap the proceedings and the red carpet. See if you got papped!
Noted producer/songwriter Motez and Pop punk duo Wing Defence tied for Best Release, taking home three awards each with Motez also taking Best Video and People’s Choice Electronic Artist, and Wing Defence adding Best Group and People’s Choice Punk Artist to their accolades.
As one of the first major-scale awards ceremonies of its kind to be able to be rolled out at its full capacity anywhere around the country this year, the organisers of the 2020 SAM Awards have noted the all-in effort made by production crews and staff who made the night so safe and successful.
“It was so wonderful to be able to gather for the SAM Awards. It was a beautiful night and the perfect way to celebrate the depth and breadth of talent here in SA, especially after such a tough time for the industry. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees and to the team of great people that worked hard to make this event possible,” Music SA General Manager Kim Roberts says.
Check out the full list of winners.
2020 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS
ADELAIDE UNESCO CITY OF MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
FARHAN SHAH AND UDAN KHATOLA
MUSIC SA COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
INDUSTRY VOTED AWARDS
BEST STUDIO – Presented by Adelaide Music Collective
GHOSTNOTE RECORDING STUDIOS
BEST STUDIO ENGINEER / PRODUCER – Presented by SAE institute Adelaide
BEST LIVE TECHNICIAN – Presented by Novatech
BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL / EVENT – Presented by Pirate Life
ST. JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL – ADELAIDE
BEST SMALL FESTIVAL / EVENT – Presented by Unibar Adelaide
THE PORCH SESSIONS
BEST VENUE – Presented by AHA (SA Branch)
LION ARTS FACTORY
BEST COVER ART – Presented by Version Design
LOST WOODS (Shaping Distant Memories)
BEST MANAGER – Presented by Association of Artist Managers
BEST MUSIC VIDEO – Presented by Channel 44
MOTEZ, PILOT STUDIO, MAPPED DESIGN, DAGGERS PRODUCTION, KELSEE PEDLER
BEST SONG – Presented by APRA AMCOS
JESS DAY (‘Affection’)
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 (CASM)
BEST SOLO ARTIST – Presented by themusic.com.au
BEST RELEASE – Presented by themusic.com.au
WING DEFENCE (‘Friends’)
BEST MUSIC EDUCATOR – Presented by SAMII
BEST INNOVATION – Presented by Citymag
PLAY / PAUSE / PLAY
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
BLUES AND ROOTS – Presented by Radio Adelaide
COUNTRY – Presented by The Grace Emily Hotel
ELECTRONIC – Presented by Moshtix
EXPERIMENTAL – Presented by Ancient World
SONS OF ZOKU
FOLK – Presented by The Wheatsheaf Hotel
HEAVY – Presented by Enigma Bar
NO NO NO NO NO
HIP HOP – Presented by The Gov
WE MOVE LIKE GIANTS
JAZZ – Presented by Elder Conservatorium
POP – Presented by Jive
PUNK – Presented by Three D Radio
ROCK – Presented by Crown & Anchor Hotel
SOUL / FUNK / R&B – Presented by Woodville Town Hall